Pedro Varela


Pedro de Azambuja Varela is an architect graduated in architecture at FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto) in 2006. After working in Vienna and New York, he started his Ph.D. studies at FAUP in 2008 researching knowledge in the area of architecture design and computation.

In 2012 he creates the company AZVAvisuals promoting innovative work in graphic and web design, programming, image manipulation and advanced 3D modeling and rendering. He is currently a University of Porto active researcher in digital architecture at the DFL (Digital Fabrication Laboratory) and a partner in Studio Toggle from 2016.

Mani Kuruvila



Mani Kuruvila joined Studio Toggle in January 2019 and has since been a part of the team as a Project manager. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kerala, graduating in 2006 and went on to work for a year in Delhi. A post-graduation in 2009 from CEPT, Ahmedabad with Sustainability as the core subject influenced his approach towards Architecture. He found the right space with similar ideologies at Good Earth, where he worked for 7 years and was heading the Design studio for the last three years of his tenure. He then joined SJB school of architecture and planning, Bangalore, to follow his passion in academics.

As an Associate Professor, he mentored students for 3 years and was instrumental in getting students to travel as a part of architectural education. In addition to domestic trips, he has taken student delegates to Architectural expeditions to Japan and Australia, including a 2-week workshop with the University of Adelaide.

A team player at work and a good friend to his fellows, he enjoys music, occasionally sings, is a good sportsman and loves to travel and explore new places.

Somshaker Rai

Somshekar Rai acquired his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Manipal University. As a Structural Engineer with 7 years of experience and 16 years of technical support in engineering design field including Oil & Gas sector, He has a good structural analytic and design capability. He has worked on a wide range of projects including commercial, mixed-use development, residential and office buildings, executing from concept design level to final tender design stage for the superstructures and foundations. He also has worked on preparing design reports, specifications, Bill of quantity and budgetary estimates in various offices.

Ashlon Frank

Ashlon Frank obtained his B. Arch from the University of Bangalore, in 2015. He did his internship at Charles Correa Foundation, where he worked on community projects of different typologies that aimed at enhancing the conditions of urban, rural and historic settlements in Goa, India. He later went on to work in an architecture firm (in Bangalore, India) where he gained experience in design development, detailing and coordination of projects in the public and private sector. He also initiated, documented and worked on private projects that were focused on the vernacular architecture of his home town, Mangalore.

In 2017, he was granted a scholarship to Japan by the Tadao Ando Foundation to learn about traditional and contemporary Art and Architecture of Japan. During the course of his scholarship, he interned for a brief period at Takenaka Corporation in Osaka. Ashlon joined Studio Toggle in 2018.

Kristine Balta

Kristine Balta joined Studio Toggle in 2019. She obtained a B.Arch at the Faculty of Architecture of the Riga Technical University, Latvia in 2015. Starting from 2015 she started working independently as an architectural technician (execution projects) collaborating with architects from Latvia. After moving to Portugal she did internships in 2 architecture offices participating in competitions for tourism, building rehabilitation for tourism in Porto (Arch. NOARQ, 2016) and an international competition for hilltop Hotel Resort in Italy (Nonarquitetura, 2017). From 2017 to 2019 she worked for a development company with a focus on feasibility studies and master planning for industrial/commercial/retail projects. Main responsibilities included managing the ongoing projects independently, the design and construction of a Dental Clinic (Santa Maria da Feiea) and a Crossfit Gym (Leça da Palmeira).

Elisa Peyerl

Elisa Peyerl joined Studio Toggle in 2019. She completed her Architecture Degree at the Faculty of Architecture of the UniCeub – Centro Universitário de Brasília in 2018. After working with União Centro Oeste Brasileira da IASD, and Veneziano Arquitetura, she concluded her thesis in Brasilia, Brazil. In the 2nd internship in Veneziano Arquitetura (2016-2018), she starts her involvement in the project coordination of the Divisao Sul Americana da IASD, a corporate office renovation. After the bachelor graduation, she works as a graduate architect in União Centro Oeste Brasileira da IASD, staying there for four months. Later, she has the opportunity to study for one month at LADO School, Silver Spring, U.S.A, about Architecture and English language. She also had the opportunity to contribute as a volunteer for the Habitat to Humanity, ReStore, Silver Spring, U.S.A.

Abdul Rashed


Abdul Rashed graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Calicut, India in 2007. He then worked as a site supervisor and CAD designer with multiple firms in India, before joining Studio Toggle as a CAD engineer in 2013.

Byron Villa Augustin

Byron Villa Agustin joined Studio Toggle as Office Admin on November 2018. He provides organization and administrative support to the Studio Toggle Team. Native-born from the Philippines, Byron brings a wealth of experience in customer/client support, auditing, administrative support and logistical coordination culminating from over 5 years of experience in the hotel industry. With an unexplored appreciation for architecture, he decided to change his career due to interests more centred on interior designing. Future aspirations make him hopeful to understand more about the creative processes of the industry that would inspire enhanced design ideas usable in future home designs back in his country. During his free time, you will find him enjoying multi-cultural TV series and he is also an avid Batman design collector.