Anand Sharma, Design Forum International (DFI)

Anand Sharma, Design Forum International (DFI)

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Anand Sharma studied (B.Arch.) Hons, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and started the practice “Tevatia Chauhan & Sharma Architects” in 1995. In 2003, the practice was rechristened as Design Forum International (DFI)with a clear intent to foster an egalitarian organizational ethos where distinctive architectural talent finds self-expression and can contribute in a democratic and collaborative work environment. The practice has since grown from strength to strength and is currently marching ahead with a vibrant team of over 100 professionals; each pursuing a distinctive value based architectural spirit that DFI imbues. Having won many accolades, DFI has emerged as an institution that attracts great design minds; who love to thrive in a professionally charged environment focusing on every detail and exploring new design methodology for every project.

Anand is an architect, talented singer and literary enthusiast. At DFI, he coined the slogan of “People first” and constantly uses his leadership and people skills to mentor and upscale the creative and intellectual horsepower. He believes that our cities must have a distinct character and as an architect, he lays great emphasis on context in the firm’s design responses and the practical aspect of design solutions. With his extensive expertise In Architecture and Engineering, Anand Is an exceptional team leader possessing the capacity to carry a project from initiation to final production. His strength lies in his ability to manage projects with overlapping disciplines at the same time applying innovation, quality, time management and budget control. His approach to design is functionality, practicality and responsiveness to site context wherein the mathematical numbers are important in solving the design problems which essentially boils down to creating a design based matrix. Anand believes that Architects play an important part in nation building and are a culture’s conscience keepers at the same, therefore their role is equally present in maintaining the continuum yet be harbingers of change that is needed to keep up with the growing aspirations of a developing nation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Founder and Partner, Tevatia, Chauhan and Sharma Architects (1995)
  • Founder and Partner, Design Forum International (2003-present) 

Academic Experience

  • Jury for ACETECH, Economic times

Memberships 

  • Council of architects, India
  • Indian Institute of Architects

Lectures and Workshops

  • Urban identity, Growing Indian Urban Scale, December 2013

Awards

  • VM & RD Retail Design Awards, 2008
  • Society Interiors,  Building design award 2011
  • Images Shopping Center Awards 2013
  • Bharat Jyoti Award, 2013