Our organisation is an extension of our long standing partner organisation, Hunnarshala. We are deeply committed to justice for the poor, artisans, and the environment in the fields of Appropriate Technologies, architecture, and construction. Our primary objectives revolve around creating inclusive habitats by providing housing, basic services, and infrastructure for marginalised communities in both urban and rural settings. In times of disaster, we aim to support communities in their recovery efforts, helping them rebuild and restore their habitats and infrastructure. Sustainable resource management is a core focus, as we strive to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in construction practices. Through education and training programs, we empower individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary for sustainable development.

We prioritise technological advancements and innovation, conducting research to deploy cutting-edge solutions in building design, preservation, and environmental practices. Social, economic, and environmental research informs our strategies, enabling us to address the specific needs of communities. Our organisation actively works on policy development and advocacy to improve guidelines, programs, and practices in the habitat development sphere. We are dedicated to enhancing work conditions and skills for artisans, supporting their professional growth and well-being.

Our comprehensive approach includes design and planning at all scales, from interiors and landscapes to urban and rural habitats and ecologies. We undertake diverse construction projects, ranging from buildings to infrastructure, landscapes, and restoration. In summary, our organisation is committed to promoting justice, sustainability, and innovation, striving to create inclusive habitats, support disaster recovery, conserve resources, provide education and training, foster technological advancements, conduct research, advocate for better policies, empower artisans, and undertake comprehensive design and construction initiatives.

Mission and Philosophy

Our mission is to empower communities for a sustainable and resilient life through a participatory approach with traditional building practices and environment friendly green technology.


Our vision is to create a future that is rooted in tradition, community, and sustainability for the coming generations.


Mahavir Acharya

Mahavir Acharya is a highly experienced civil engineer with nearly four decades of expertise in construction and management. He co-founded Hunnarshala, where he has dedicated 20 years to promoting sustainable architecture and empowering communities. As the Managing Director for the past 5-6 years, he oversees the organisation's operations and strategic planning. Mahavir Acharya is also the founder and Managing Director of Aaina, focusing on capacity building and research innovations. With a passion for working closely with communities and artisans, he integrates traditional knowledge into sustainable development projects. His leadership, research-driven approach, and commitment to community engagement have made him an influential figure in the field of sustainable architecture.

Rupesh Hurmade

Rupesh Hurmade is a dedicated civil engineer with a career spanning over two decades. Since joining Hunarshala in 2003, he has been instrumental in promoting alternative building technologies and empowering communities through his role as a founding member of Aaina. With a focus on post-disaster projects and slum development, Rupesh's expertise lies in project management and community-based initiatives. His core strength lies in executing urban housing projects and conducting mason training programs. As the Executive Director of Aaina's Community Empowerment Unit, Rupesh continues to make a significant impact in addressing urban housing issues and championing an owner-driven approach to development

Jignesh Bhatt

Jignesh Bhatt is a civil engineer with a keen interest in project management and alternative building technologies. With his background in community-based projects, Jignesh brings valuable experience to the table. He is an integral part of the management committee at Aaina, where he plays a key role in leading institutional building projects. Jignesh's expertise lies in executing construction projects with a focus on community involvement and sustainable practices. His dedication to creating impactful structures that meet the needs of the community sets him apart. With his skills and experience, Jignesh contributes significantly to Aaina's mission of promoting sustainable development and community empowerment.


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