Thursday, January 15, 2009: 01:09:17 PM

Distinctive Designs - Sanjay Puri

What sets him apart

Many industrialists resist innovative technologies and concepts which break the conformity of conventional lines of business. But, there are many who want to infuse change into their work, thereby leading to overall development. Mr Puri belongs to the latter category.

“Architecture is the only art form that affects both the physical and emotional behavioural pattern,” believes Mr Puri. He has rightly anticipated forthcoming changes, and adapted his own line of work to the changes.


An alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer and St Xaviers College, Mumbai, Mr Puri graduated from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai in 1988. He established his own office in 1992, establishing Sanjay Puri Architects. Mr Puri is the principal architect of the company at present.

Building Success

The aim of his company is to "constantly innovate". This belief has won the company 14 National Awards for Architectural and Interior design projects including the JIIA Award for Excellence in Architecture in 1998 for Residential Architecture Group Housing for Nisarg, Baroda. The company also won the IIA Snowcem Award in 1998 for excellence in Urban Architecture for Public/Commercial Buildings for Bluechip, Baroda.

“Architecture is the creation of spaces. It is the quest for this creation of innovative spaces that forms a series of experiences affecting human behaviour that creates the aspiration to be an architect,” feels Mr Puri. He believes that architecture is an expression of individuality which necessitates a creative bent of mind. He strongly feels that it gives great satisfaction in starting one’s own firm in this line of business.

“Most people settle into a comfort zone to design a certain style and a way of designing spaces. But our USP is to explore new territories in design and continue to evolve spaces that are new to experience. These are the factors which have led to the growth and success of the company,” says Mr Puri.

The future is bright

According to Mr Puri, “This is a field of constant challenges. We look at each project as a challenge to solve the functional aspects and create something new and unexplored in terms of approach in design.” According to him, the industry in India is poised for unprecedented growth, with more projects expected to come up in the next ten years. Currently Sanjay Puri Architects is involved in over 180 projects of diverse nature.

Industry perspective

Mr Puri states, “We started our firm after being chosen for a project which required a 3000 apartment township with schools, shopping centres, clubs and office buildings called Vasant Nagri in Vasai for Sheth Developers in 1992.” The foray into large residential layouts was the first milestone of the company. Creating the first large entertainment centre in the country was another highlight, and this eventually led the company to design a large number of retail malls in the country. The first hotel project that the company was commissioned for was yet another achievement that has now led them to create proposals for over 60 hotels which are soon to come up in India. The first project that was designed in Dubai was a landmark, as it was considered the most exciting architectural project built in Dubai, where Sanjay Puri Architects was the only Indian architectural firm.

Future plans

Mr Puri feels that there will be better opportunities for the creation of more exclusive edifices in the future. He is confident that five years down the line, the company will be designing larger projects than what they are designing currently, with an even more holistic approach to every aspect of design.

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