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Top Architects | September 2014

Most Admired Architects - Sanjay Puri

In the last three years Sanjay Puri and his architectural firm Sanjay Puri Associates have picked up as many as 41 international awards. And this is just the beginning...

From being a part of a the initial 4 member team at Hafeez Contractor´s office to being awarded the Overall Winner MIPM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards 2014 at Cannes, France and three A+ Architizer Awards in New York, also in early 2014, architect Sanjay Puri has certainly come a long long way.

Tell him that and he grins, ¨Totally, we have won 41 international awards. This includes The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design´s International Architecture Awards in 2012 and 2011, The World Architecture Festival Awards in 2012, 2011 & 2010, six World Architecture Community Awards UK and the Hospitality Design Awards, New York in 2012 and 2010.¨ All this in the last three years. For his company Sanjay Puri Architects, these are several milestones that have hallmarked their growth since its inception in 1992.

For some people, their chosen profession is like a vocation. Anything can trigger an interest, then become a quest and finally emerge as a lifelong pursuit and commitment. Reading Ayn Rand´s Fountainhead at age 16 changed life forever for Sanjay Puri. Even before he started studying architecture in Rachana Sansad´s Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, he had started working on housing, hotel and office interior projects. Says he, ¨It was an unbelievably enriching experience. I was supervising sites and doing a lot of what qualified architects do. Then I worked through the 5 years of college with Hafeez Contractor. I was the fourth person to join him. Simultaneously working on hypothetical design projects in college and on real projects in office was extremely knowledge gaining.¨

Evolving innovative design solutions that are contextual, contributing to sustainability and creating spaces that revolutionise the way they are experienced form the essence of the firm´s design philosophy.

Says Puri, ¨This mandate has allowed our firm to create a diverse portfolio of urban planning, residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, offices, cultural and institutional projects. With 63 people, we are currently involved in the design of over 100 projects in 40 Indian cities. We are also doing major projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius and the UAE.¨

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