Venkataramanan Associates (VA) is an architecture and urban design firm based in Bangalore and Pune. Over the forty-seven years since its founding, VA has built a formidable and growing knowledge base in architectural design and design-build processes that is as vast as it is deep.The teams at VA combine high critical thinking skills and visual acuity, design intelligence and hands-on involvement in the design-build process.
VA treasures knowledge, intelligence and perseverance in learning, and these inform the firm’s work culture. From a 19-person office founded in 1970 that gained a reputation early on for its work in real estate and for scientific institutions, to a 200-person firm straddling 10 different sectors that are often cross-disciplinary and highly complex, the focus has always been on design and the power of communicating through drawings. VA employs a highly eclectic work style of knowledge building in allied fields, a workforce with core strengths in varied sectors and extensive client research and fieldwork. Therein, its strengths lie in its ability to leverage the clients’ position using the power of design knowledge. VA understands the transformative impact that architecture can have and all its work is based on this understanding as a foundation.
Today the firm combines the capacity of a large firm with the intensity of a small office. The firm’s commitment to vigorous design review sessions and critiques has infused its designers with a shared sense of commitment to every project. The firm’s award-winning projects have been widely published in India and are part of a rapidly growing portfolio of radical work.