Mona Doctor-Pingel is an architect based in Auroville since 1995. She studied architecture at  (CEPT), Ahmedabad. During her master’s programme in Appropriate Technology in Germany she studied Building Biology at the Institute for Baubiologie (IBN). Her Studio Naqshbandi experiments with various building technologies using local materials and craftsmen which incorporate principles of Building Biology. Currently she is also part of the five year Indo-US joint research on Building Energy Efficiency.