Ninad Tipnis put in a solid 10 years of work with his architect father’s firm — Jayant Tipnis Consultants Private Limited, before setting up his own practice, JTCPL Designs, in 2002. The idea was to “bridge the prevailing gap between commitment and quality in the industry.” The objective was to build a studio that offered cutting-edge solutions, modelled on global trends, to quality-conscious clients in India, says the alumnus of Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. Right from the start, six values have remained central to JTCPL Designs’ design philosophy — partnership, responsiveness, timely deliveries, on budget, discipline and teamwork.
The early years were a struggle and the studio took up every workspace design and build project that came its way. “One of our most crucial learnings was that, as architects, we lacked financial education. Managing cash flow and project finances became a key learning from our preliminary projects,” recalls Tipnis. In fact, his advice to other architects/designers also revolves around business competency that they need to acquire to run a successful practice. “Be it managing finances and teams or creating client delight with excellent service, focus on the smaller things that contribute to sustaining and growing an enterprise,” he says.
In a little over 15 years of business, JTCPL Designs have grown in terms of reach, exposure and the scale of projects they handle. “Presently, we associate with projects that scale from 2,000sq-ft to a million square feet and execute them with equal passion and attention,” reveals Tipnis, who also highlights the customer-centric nature of their work. “As architects, it is never easy to let others take the lead on decisions about design and aesthetics. However, as part of our design philosophy, we are committed to being attentive listeners. Each of our projects reflects this philosophy.” Despite having achieved appreciable success, the ambition to do something better and bigger still runs strong in JTCPL Designs’ lead architect. “We want to grow as master collaborators at a global level. We are already working with global partners in India. Over the next few years, we believe growth will come from working in different geographies and collaborating with different stakeholders. It will be interesting to learn from their individual styles and preferences.”

Looking Back

Tipnis votes for a project they undertook for Deutsche Bank in Pune as the one that changed the trajectory of his practice. It was 10 times the size of any project they had handled before, and saw them rising to the challenges because they had “no option but to perform to the best of our ability.”

Looking forward

The Deutsche Bank service centre that JTCPL Designs is working on in Bengaluru’s Electronic City involves an ambitious refurbishment, turning around the 4,00,000sq-ft facility while some portions of it are still operational.

 

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