Mr. Romi Khosla is an Indian architect who received a B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge, and qualified as an architect at the Architectural Association, London. Mr. Khosla founded GRUP (Group for Rural and Urban Planning) in Delhi in 1974, and has designed a number of large institutional complexes as well as small community-based rural projects. His recent work includes developmental and revitalisation projects for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Central Asia, Tibet, and Egypt, and for the Government of India in the Himalayan belt. Mr. Khosla's published works include Buddhist Monasteries in Western Himalayas (1979). He served as professional advisor for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture's International Competition for Ideas on the Revitalisation of Samarkand. Mr. Khosla was a member of the Award Technical Review for the 1986, 1989, and 1992 cycles.
A semi-open cafeteria and an enclosed, air-conditioned contemporary art gallery are placed around a landscaped court, to create a meeting place and cultural hub for the students of the Jamia University in New Delhi. The architects, known for their use of contemporary architectural language, have designed a project that stands apart from the colonial styles and ‘Muslim’ ornamentation that characterised the older buildings on campus. The materials were chosen to express the building’s contemporary identity: steel and stone for the cafeteria, and concrete and glass (with metal louvers to modulate the light) in the gallery space.