Instituted in 2014, STIR was founded to promote, propagate and foster creativity and innovation in the fields of design, architecture and interactive art in India and across the world. Over the years, STIR has manifested through varying media to facilitate the exchange of ideas, enable collaborations, showcase trends and technology, and create a collective of enthusiasts from different streams of the creative realm.
In 2015, STIR launched its first initiative - mondo*arc india, a content-led and perspective-driven publication that soon become the country’s fastest-growing design journal. It garnered popular acclaim as ‘the well-read design magazine' and enjoyed an unmatched reputation among professionals, students and enthusiasts alike. STIR as an organisation has also curated and organised a series of very successful events, conferences, workshops and dialogues, exhibitions etc. to reinforce its ideology
STIR today manifests into a global platform for content creation and consumption specializing in Architecture, Design & Art. A platform that connects industry to professionals. A medium that enables collaboration between professionals and allied industry. The destination that engages community in dialogues, debates and discourses. Where community finds products for operational efficiency, merits critical acclaim and generate business opportunities.
Amit GuptaFounder & Editor-in-Chief
A designer, thinker and conceptualizer for things creative, provocative and challenging, Amit Gupta traversed into promoting design and architecture by establishing the first Indian design management company - vis a vis, in 1997. vis a vis curated highly acclaimed architecture and design events being the first architecture and design gallery in the country.
As the Curator and Content Director, Amit intends to make STIR a global entity that offers exclusively curated, carefully analysed and meticulously presented content, along with arenas for cross-disciplinary collaborations, industry connects and community building in order to reach out to a large audience of design enthusiasts, consumers, next-generation creators and thinkers within the world of art, architecture and design.
An entrepreneur, design enthusiast, theatre artist, actor and singer, for Hardeep anything creative is purely a way of life. Master of Business Economics by qualification and with an analytical research based skill-set, her experience of over two decades adds quantitative and qualitative perspective to the business.
A product designer by training and lighting designer by practice, Samta has been directing design and communication for vis a vis India and lightandyou.com for over a decade. She heads brand management, communication and curatorial programming for STIR.
Pramiti MadhavjiConsultant, Content Adviser
Having worked in the publishing industry for almost two decades, Pramiti has been the Founding Editor of ELLE DECOR India and helmed it for 18 years. She at STIR advises on content, design and brand strategy.
Rahul has written for various publications and leading journals like Arts Illustrated and Mint-Lounge. He led an art venture for NDTV and was involved in its television programming. He is a Fulbright scholar and a practising artist. Rahul retired from mainstream corporate roles and as an Editor for STIR, he is responsible for curating the Art section.
Soumya has spent 12 years writing and editing in the realm of progressive arts, culture, social issues and creative lifestyle. Over this course, she has been associated with Platform Magazine, Hindustan Times, NDTV, The Guardian, The Times of India and the Maxposure Media Group, among others. She travels often in nature, and goes back home to poetry.
Prachi ChadhaCopy Editor
She believes those who correctly place an apostrophe are an endangered species, and punctuations save lives! Prachi has been working in the field of journalism and publishing for about 11 years, and currently ensures everything we publish is correct, factually, grammatically and SEO compliant.
An architect and design journalist, Meghna has been writing for mondo*arc india and STIR for two years and continues her teaching practice at various design institutes.
An architect by training, Zohra has worked in design communication for more than two years, generating content for mondo*arc india and STIR, and their social media activities.
Iype is a trained architect, who indulges in fulltime writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.
Dilip ShahHead of Finance
Company secretary by profession, Dilip has been with the promoters and the group of companies behind STIR for over 17 years. From raising funds to crunching numbers, from budgeting to auditing, from cashflow to book keeping, he heads all finance, accounts and legal matters.
Tezun SamplewalaHead of Operations & Product
His love for technology and science coupled with his experience with start-ups, Tezun adds an edge to efficient operations and effective product management for stirworld.com. A licensed commercial pilot, aiming for the sky in everything he does is second nature to him.
Karan GillBusiness Development
Having worked in marketing and sales for various publications, Karan has been working on developing business opportunities for STIR and advertising sales for mondo*arc india.
Jigyasa SharmaLead Digital Marketing
With a background in BBM e-banking, Sharma backs seven years of work experience, with tech companies and startups alike. Her love for numbers and curiosity for online user experience progressed into joining STIR. She proudly calls herself a dog mom, a bibliophile and a Jim Morrison fan, in that order.
Kewal SinghSenior Designer
With nearly two decades of experience in magazine publication, Kewal has been responsible for the production of mondo*arc india and worked on the Art team for STIR since their inception.
Aavantikaa WassanCommunication Designer
Having graduated as a graphic designer, Aavantikaa has worked on visual communication for a number of brands and initiatives, taking the lead for STIR, vis a vis and www.lightandyou.com’s recent events and presentations.
Taruna TanejaGraphic Designer
Trained as a product and lifestyle designer, Taruna describes herself as an open-minded and enthusiastic person. She has worked as a leather goods merchant and has also dabbled in social media marketing, website design, and branding. Aside from creating graphics for STIR and lightandyou.com, she loves photography and music.
Varun JairathManager – Web & SEO
A performance-driven Project Management professional with 10 years of progressive expertise, Varun manages web development, programming and SEO for the digital platform.
Vipan KumarUI/UX Developer
Trained as a web designer, Vipan brings his graphic skills and technical know-how to develop, maintain and update the STIR website and its various channels.
Mandeep SinghWeb Developer
As a Web Application Developer, Mandeep enjoys experimenting with new technology and innovative techniques to improve the everyday applications in website management.
Vicky RichardsonContributing Writer
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