The architecture is simple, rational, powerful, experimental and pragmatic. The essence is to deliver minimal and timeless solutions taking into consideration nature’s sensitivity, economic barriers and client’s requirement. Immense focus has always given to sustainability and sensitivity to nature in SA even before the emergence of green buildings concepts. The intent is to create landmark buildings in response to the surrounding conditions and climate, providing in parallel immense satisfaction to the end user. With in house LEED certified professionals, SA is able to offer sustainable solutions and intelligent built space thereby creating a healthy and livable environment.
Shanmugam Associates (SA) is a professionally managed architecture and design firm having its offices in Trichy and Chennai. The firm had its inception in 1982 under Ar. A. Shanmugam, who was the pioneer in creating awareness of architecture as a profession in Trichy, India. With a huge clientele, rich experience in the field and exploration into various typologies, SA has its growth laid on strong foundation. STUDIO XYZ the design division of SA offers solutions that are a decoction of the best practices in the architectural business.
The firm is further strengthened with the collaboration of Rajakrishnan, Santhosh Shanmugam & Ramya Sankara Raman. All were part of School of Architecture & Planning, Chennai.
Founder & Chief Architect
The firm had its inception in 1982 under Ar. A. Shanmugam, who was the pioneer in creating awareness of architecture as a profession in Trichy, India. Underneath his calm demeanour, lies a wealth of design knowledge that comes out each time issues both at site and drawing table crop out.
She is our very own Iron Lady who laid the strong foundations along with Ar. A. Shanmugam. A plethora of suffixes may be added to her considering the kind of work, problems she addresses and people she meets everyday. You would not be surprised to find her on one hand convincing the district commissioner to sanction funds for Public buildings and on the other argue with the street vendor on civic cleanliness. She is a go to person for all us be it financial, medical and personal apart from professional.
Director ,Senior engineer
With many degrees and qualifications to his name it is always a wonder to all of us where his zest for learning comes from. Our in house structural expertise lies with Balu sir, as he is affectionately called. He is the other person who has hit quarter of a century with SA.
Santhosh Shanmugam worked with Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami for around 5 years before joining SA. He has worked on a wide range of Hospitality, Apartments, High End Villas & Competition projects around the world. He credits a lot to architect Chad Oppenheim for his guidance on timeless design ideas within the realm of architectural practice. Santhosh has completed his post graduation in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York.
Raja Krishnan is a passionate designer who enjoys challenges and consistently pushes the design barriers in conventional practice. He has previous professional experience at Rafael Vinoly Architects, London and Massimiliano Fuksas, Milan. He also worked with Chandavarkar & Thacker & Architecture Autonomous, Goa before joining as a partner at SA. He has completed his post graduation at Bahaus Kolleg, Dessau, Germany.
She pursued her Master in North Carliona university. Her passion for sustainability goes beyond those commercial ratings that everyone is after and she embraces energy consciousness more as a way of life. Her eye for practicality, makes her address critical issues at site which would have otherwise remained still at the drawing board.
Her curiosity to explore all facets of architecture has her getting involved in design discussions in all forms. Her calm yet firm approach helps get her point across during challenging situations. Also her ease in multi- tasking makes her juggle and resolve issues falling on her plate.