Sonal Sancheti has studied architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad and has a Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles.
Sonal’s keen interest in Japanese Architecture led her to do intensive undergraduate research on the Traditional Japanese Architecture. She has worked with world famous Architect Fumihiko Maki in Tokyo. Having traveled extensively across the globe, imbibing art and architecture from all over the world to absorbing sensibilities and experiences from different cultures, Sonal has developed a distinctive creative style of her own. In January 2001 she started _OPOLIS a multidisciplinary design practice with Rahul Gore. Bringing their individual aesthetic strengths, technical expertise, creative inclinations and artistic vision to the table, the duo has made _OPOLIS one of the leading architectural firms in the country. _OPOLIS has won numerous National and International Awards in the past few years. Their work has been widely published in leading national and international architectural magazines.
“You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough!” This is the mantra Sonal follows to live her life to the fullest. Her penchant and passion for learning and attaining experiences has led her to pursue several interests in allied fields such as Film Making, Set Designing, Photography, Scuba Diving, Trekking in the Himalayas and studying Comparative Mythology at the University of Mumbai. She has recently co-authored a book “Scripting Destiny”. Sonal’s diverse experiences have led her to be invited as a speaker to various architectural institutions. She has also been a part of various panel discussions throughout the country. With her ongoing practice, she also takes out time to pass on her knowledge to the Gen Next. She is a visiting faculty of the design at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture in Mumbai. Sonal is also currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics in Mumbai University.