The advent of ‘internationalism’ in post independent India resulted in, like elsewhere in the world, a systematic erasure of the local aesthetics, craftsmanship, breaking of the link to the rich traditions & cultural heritage. This link resulted in an architecture that respected its people, culture, climate, craftsmanship & had vernacular continuity. This alarming situation coupled with an irrelevant imported western academic curriculum resulted in present day architecture which thrives mostly around pastiche western imagery & iconography. There is an urgent need for evolution of a language that is based on the rich traditions of the past and assimilation of traditional Indian architectural principles which encompassed within itself freedom & responsibility, creativity & common sense, continuity & growth, problem solving with creativity, aesthetic aspirations & construction technology, crafts, craftsmanship & continuity. Our architectural practice is an attempt at devising & implementing an architectural language assimilating the above within a contemporary framework. This we call “contemporary vernacular” which hopefully shall result in restoring the broken link. As practicing architects, we feel a huge vacuum in terms of research in this area. Extensive research of this broken link, its subsequent dissemination to architects, designers, workers & society at large and the predominantly western based existing building regulations & byelaws to facilitate “contemporary vernacular” resulting in synthesis of research, policy & practice.