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About the firm

Stephane Paumier arrived in India in 1996 for a voluntary civil service after his architecture graduation from the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, under Henri E. Ciriani.


He won the international competition for the Alliance Francaise de Delhi in 2001 in collaboration with Architects Anupam Bansal and Rajesh Dongre (ABRD Architects). This strengthened the  long-standing association which helped realize several projects like the French Institute of Pondicherry , the French Information Resource Centre in Delhi and secure the 2nd prize for the open national competition of Minto Hall Convention Center, Bhopal  etc.


In 2005 Stephane Paumier founded SPA Design Pvt.Ltd. as a principal, with Anupam Bansal and Krishnachandran Balakrishnan as co directors, both graduates from School of Planning and Architecture Delhi and Master respectively from Kansas and Berkeley University. . SPA won the international competition of Franco German Embassy at Dhaka which is under construction now.


The practice focuses on developing contextual skills for each project. Since 2005, the firm has conceived and realized many notable projects like The Tarun Tahiliani headquarters & the Triburg headquarters (both nominated for the AGA Khan Awards 2010 & 2012 respectively),  The O.P. Jindal Global University (Awarded Tata Raise 2012 & INSDAG 2013).The practice is now designing The Institute of Life Sciences, Ahmedabad university and Shiv nadir school Faridabad.


Making of projects entails long studies of the context of site, history of the region and technical knowledge for physical realization of desires, forms and spaces. It is the process of going through all these essentials systematically and bringing an order which help develop each project individually and tend to its needs. The organization explores all the opportunities that come with a site and the program to ascertain a strong design concept.


With each project, new constructional and structural techniques are evolved, local materials are discovered and worked upon. Structure being the most important of any project is always dealt with high sensitivity. The organization believes that the structural solutions can not only support the building but also lend an aesthetic idiom to it. The clarity in structural solutions always reveals the simplicity and order of thoughts on which the foundations of a project stand.


The office brings local craft of construction in play along with the latest technological & material development advancement for the benefit of an ecologically responsive design. It gives credit to the existing local constructional techniques, local materials and traditional spatial planning. This provides S.P.A. Design with a good base of knowledge to develop something new and experimental in the spaces, techniques or materials.




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