Deepti Tangri

Founder & Principal Architect, D.T.Associates


  • Which architects do you admire the most from the past as well as the present?

    I have been a core admirer of clean lines by Pioneer Louis Sullivan. Much of his influence can be seen in my Hotel Project Design. I think nobody understood materials better than Antonio Gaudi. When it comes to brick & concrete it is the works of Eladio Dieste that I take inspiration from. Among the present designers I admire work of Vinu Daniel. I think he is setting a right benchmark for younger generations to follow. However, there are many many out there who’re doing phenomenal work.

  • Do you have a signature style? What inspires your designs?

    I feel, by sticking to a style of design, I would restrict my growth as a designer. In my approach and philosophy of practice, I understand that I here to fulfil dreams of my clients. Keeping this fundamental fact in place, I design with the intent of creating spaces better than client had perceived. I never compromise on aesthetic value. And in the hindsight I’m always consciously working on the environmental impact of my designs.

  • Who or what inspired you to become an architect?

    It was my brother who prompted me to think about Architecture as a career option. And in no time I realised that I was naturally good at it.

  • What are your thoughts on the importance of renders in architecture today?

    Hi Pallab. Renders are very crucial. They always were. It is the style that has just modified over period of time. Because, not every client has the vision to imagine your design in 3rd dimension. So it is ideal to present your ideas in 3D for clarity.

  • Which project has given you the most satisfaction yet?

    Irai Safari Retreat, Tadoba, MP.

  • What advice would you give to a young architect?

    I wish someone told me what I’m about to tell you - Please get enough (5-7years) training under a good Architect and learn the various aspects of professional practice before you’re tempted to start your own studio. A good designer may not necessarily be successful. And an architect need not necessarily practice hardcore architecture. Explore opportunities and be open to experiment in other design fields as well. Architecture enables you with a perspective like no other. So push boundaries and go beyond normalcy.

  • How do you see your job evolving in the future?

    My job is to become sensitive towards environment & know the impact of my creation on community. Promote and use locally produced goods and skills.

  • What was the most challenging moment in your career?

    Challenging moments are right now. To strategise and sustain people connected to you. Ex: Staff, Vendors, Execution teams. In a community we all need to stick together and ensure that we leave enough for others to survive too.

  • How was your experience with your first job?

    Good. Learnt a lot in my 2 years of job experience. But I regret leaving too soon. Had I worked longer in different cities, I would’ve not made many mistakes that I did in the beginning of my practice.

  • How has your job evolved over the years?

    From being a designer to being an arbitrator. From doing all stuff yourself to delegating it to right people. From being a hardcore designer to learning the importance of management in a project. Amid all the transformations what remained constant is the part where you are constantly educating your clients, about design and sometimes even defining their dreams.

  • How has your job evolved over the years?

    From being a designer to being an arbitrator. From doing all stuff yourself to delegating it to right people. From being a hardcore designer to learning the importance of management in a project. Amid all the transformations what remained constant is the part where you are constantly educating your clients, about design and sometimes even defining their dreams.

  • Can the complexities of a project be summarised with a sketch?

    Sketches are tools to explain concepts. Depending upon the scale of complexity, sketches would offer a limited solution only.

  • What are the 3 things every successful architects must-have?

    •Sesitivity - towards surrounding. Everything around can inspire you. Be observant. •Experience - It is necessary to get right experience from senior designers in industry. Before you make yourself capable to risk someone’s dream and money, travel and get as much experience. • Marketing - One thing most designers might lack, is marketing themselves. Which becomes a crucial part in practice. If you’re a good designer, then people should know about you.

  • What is your biggest concern at your job? How do you manage it?

    Once you have staff with you, your primary concern is to give their salaries on time. Hence it is vital to ensure you keep getting projects. Quality of projects is also vital. Our industry still works best on word-of-mouth. So I mostly get works on that basis.

  • How did you rise in your role as a architects, what career hacks can you share?

    Knowledge. Learning the latest technologies. Keeping yourself updated with latest products & in-depth knowledge of same. Keeping pace with the global design practices. After completing any project, it becomes necessary to get user feedback. THIS particularly is helpful in constant improvement in your work.

  • What's the advice you would like to give to an aspiring architects?

    Refer to my previous similar answer please.

  • What role did your educational background play in your career?

    My education background is the foundation of whatever I am today.

  • In your experience, what is the most effective way of presenting a project?

    3D sketches supported by mood board, either physical or virtual is the best way to present your design.

  • What are your thoughts on the 'globalised approach' of architects nowadays? Is it better to stick with history of the place?

    Hi Anuj. I’m glad you asked this question. Globalised approach is good to the extent of using technology. Cross pollination of ideas are many times useful in Architecture. However, the design response has to be local, in terms of the local materials, local weather & user friendly. A design has to be in tune with its surroundings and a reflection of the history of its place always makes a good connect with people. One should be open to various old techniques & technology used in other parts of world. Because exchange of ideas and skills have always resulted in surprising outcome.

  • What are you afraid of regarding the future of architecture?

    Hi Garima. I believe you’re referring to the industry in general. This is the first time ever that this industry is facing a slowdown. But this phase is short lived. Architecture will revive more responsibly & stronger than before with designers and users being more conscious about the priorities, in terms of design, environment & value for money.

  • Do you feel architecture magazines put more emphasis on presentation? What facet would you want to be depicted?

    Magazine content is a tricky space. A lot of data needs to be put up in a compact form. Hence, what looks appealing visually gets printed. So yes, the presentation matters a lot. However, a good design seldom goes unnoticed. What I look forward to in architecture magazines is the work of new designers, highlighted details of materials and any special feature that sets it apart from rest. If possible, the design process adopted by Architect should be highlighted too.

  • Where do you usually work on your projects? Does your home have a dedicated space for you to work?

    Currently my home has work space.

  • Who or what inspired you to become an architect?

    I was unknowingly quite attracted to architecture in my childhood. However it was my family who convinced me to pursue BArch as career option. There wasn’t any one inspiration before I decided on this field. But during the course of time, I have been influenced by many people & situations which affirm that I’m at my best when practicing.

  • Can you describe an evolution of your work from when you started to where you have reached today?

    🙂 I am still learning. Everyday in many forms. As an architect when I started, I was very naive and innocent. I will as not corrupted by virtual knowledge. As a result, my design solutions had a innocent charm to it. While growing in my career, I was inquisitive about global diversity in architecture and design. Technology & travel helped me in this exposure and incorporating it in my designs. However, in my career span of 16 years, my ultimate learning is the respect we need to show towards local environment, local materials and community impact of your design.