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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.
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 (nominated for the AGA Khan Awards 2010), the Triburg headquarters, the O.P. Jindal Global University. It recently won the international competition for the first Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is currently designing the Coimbatore Convention Center and the Coimbatore Center for Contemporary Art (CoCCA).
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.