“Being an architect is a really interesting job. It’s rare that you do the exact same thing week after week, especially as you gain more experience. It’s creative and challenging,” enthuses Niroop Reddy, an alumnus of College of Architecture, Chennai. The intangibles that go into the making of such a tangible creation — meeting a client’s needs and fulfilling his wishes, even as you adhere to building and accessibility codes, as well as budgets and schedule — are also aspects that he finds interesting. Niroop leads NA Architects, the practice he set up in 2002, along with his partner and wife, Rupana.
“We dreamt of establishing a firm that would provide state-of-the-art, turnkey architectural, structural and interior design services under one roof,” he elaborates on their early aspirations. “Hyderabad had space to accommodate and welcome new ideas and concepts in architecture and interior design.” The early days were challenging, mainly owing to fierce competition and the market’s resistance to something new. A short 12 years later, in 2014, NA Architects expanded to Bengaluru and Dubai.
The firm’s design philosophy revolves around bringing together light, space, materials, form, function and environment — and blending them with the client’s preferences and timelines. “For us, design marks out a vision for what can be. The act of designing is to move with intent to close the gap between existing conditions and that vision,” say the architects. Several of their projects, the culmination of their holistic approach, have been recognised for the superiority of design, which Niroop and Rupana large-heartedly attribute to “amazing” clients and well-oiled execution teams. “Rather than focusing on a signature style, we pride ourselves on ‘our signature ability’, or our ability to reach beyond our comfort zone. We are always ready to challenge ourselves and aim at incorporating latest ideas, concepts and technologies into the client’s requirements so that we are able to deliver our services in collaborative, creative and open association with our clients,” is how Rupana describes their work so far.
Team NA Architects is aware of the challenges posed by climate change, a shrinking competent workforce, and problems that riddle the industry with respect to information-sharing and the economy in general. Yet, they are positive in their outlook. “We hope we become a go-to destination for creating sensitive, sensible and sustainable design. We aim to bring Indian influences to our international projects,”says Niroop.

Looking Back

The official residence and camp office of the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, in 2004, catapulted the practice into the limelight, owing to the project’s scale. The site area measures about 80,000sq-ft and the project took six months to complete, from the stage of designing to execution.

Looking forward

NA Architects’ upcoming works are game-changers in terms of their scale. DSR FIRST will be one of the first buildings in India to have all apartments of similar size (6,666sq-ft). The 1,500-bed CMC Hospital at Vellore will be one of the largest hospitals to be built, while the Palm Deira Mall in Dubai has a built-up area of 8,00,000sq-m.

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