Samira graduated from Sir. J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai in 1986 and her Master in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1988. While in the States she worked on several projects under Don Wald and Associates based in California, including personal projects of Clint Eastwood. Upon her return to India, she worked with Ratan Batliboi for several years before starting her own partnership firm RLC in 1995. In 1996 she stepped into the limelight with her solo furniture exhibit ‘Liasons de Formes’. Thereafter in 2000, she founded her solo practice Samira Rathod Design Associates, which has grown over the years.