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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Gulal Bhavsar

Gulal Bhavsar is a highly skilled professional with a Master’s degree in Construction Management. She specialises in research and laboratory management, having been responsible for these areas for the past two years. As a member of the management committee, Gulal holds the position of Laboratory Incharge. Her keen interest in material testing and scientific methodologies enables her to contribute effectively in this scientific role. Gulal’s expertise in managing laboratory operations and her dedication to quality assurance make her a valuable asset to the organisation.

Ramesh Prajapati

Ramesh Prajapati is a young and ambitious engineering graduate specialising in project execution. With a strong focus on community projects, Ramesh has served as a project incharge in regions such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. His expertise lies in effectively managing projects from inception to completion, ensuring successful implementation and timely delivery. Ramesh’s passion for community development and his dedication to achieving project goals make him a valuable asset in the field of project management.

Karamshi Rangani

Karamshi Rangani is a skilled building expert supervisor with core expertise in the development of space frame technology. With a deep understanding of earth-based constructions like rammed earth mould, Karamshi has extensive experience working on community projects in Bihar and Gujarat. He has been involved in rehabilitation projects, particularly in post-disaster scenarios, during his more than 20 years of work with Hunnarshala. Karamshi’s proficiency in alternative building construction and his focus on community-led rehabilitation initiatives make him a valuable asset in sustainable development efforts.

Hiren Gohill

Hiren Gohill is an expert building supervisor with a specialisation in rammed earth construction. With a background in commerce, Hiren has been actively involved in the construction field for the past 15 years. He initially started his career at Hunnarshala and later transitioned to Aaina. As a project manager, Hiren closely works with rammed earth techniques, leveraging his expertise to ensure the successful implementation of projects. His extensive experience and deep knowledge of rammed earth construction make him a valuable asset to the organisation.

Rajesh Gor

Rajesh Gor is an expert building supervisor with a strong background in logistics management. With exceptional skills in site management and human resource coordination, Rajesh is highly regarded for his efficient and effective work implementation. With 15 years of experience, he has developed a reputation for his vast network of connections and the ability to swiftly execute projects. Rajesh’s expertise in coordinating logistics, managing resources, and his swift problem-solving skills make him an invaluable asset in the construction industry.

Arvind Anthu

Arvind Anthu is an experienced supervisor with a specialisation in restoration projects abroad. He has worked on notable restoration projects in Abu Dhabi, showcasing his expertise in lime and mud finishes. With his extensive experience, Arvind brings valuable insights and knowledge to the field of heritage restoration. As a skilled supervisor, he excels in overseeing projects, ensuring the meticulous application of lime and mud finishes, and preserving the authenticity of historical structures. Arvind’s dedication to his craft and his expertise in restoration make him a sought-after professional in the industry.

Mahesh Loncha

Mahesh Loncha embarked on his professional journey as an artisan, honing his skills for 12 years. Today, he serves as a building supervisor in Aina, where he is responsible for project execution. Mahesh’s hands-on experience as an artisan provides him with valuable insights and a deep understanding of construction processes. With his keen eye for detail and craftsmanship, he ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards. Mahesh’s transition from artisan to building supervisor showcases his growth and expertise in the field.

Chetna Varu

Chetna Varu is a post-graduate in commerce specialising in finance control. Since 2005, she has been an integral part of Hunnarshala and now AAINA, where she plays a crucial role in managing the financial aspects of the organisation. With her expertise in finance, Chetna ensures efficient financial control, budgeting, and resource allocation. Her meticulous approach and attention to detail contribute to the smooth financial functioning of Aaina, supporting its mission of sustainable development. Chetna’s proficiency in finance management makes her a valuable asset to the organisation.

Jamnaben Rathod

Jamnaben Rathod has been a dedicated caretaker of the office since 2003. Affectionately referred to as “masi” by everyone, she is known for her nurturing nature and motherly care towards her colleagues. Like a mother, Jamnaben goes above and beyond to ensure the well-being and comfort of the team. Her presence and support create a warm and welcoming environment within the office. Jamnaben’s dedication and nurturing qualities make her an indispensable part of the organisation’s work culture.