Graduates of the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi (SPA), architects A.R. Ramanathan (1980) and Snehanshu Mukherjee (1982) went on to do their masters in Building Engineering & Management from SPA (1983) and Design & Housing from MIT, USA (1988) respectively. They are the founding partners of TEAM- an organisation formed in 1985 by a group of architects after winning the National Competition to design the New Wing of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), situated at India Gate, New Delhi. The firm has grown over the years as a close knit group of exceptionally creative professionals from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, Building Engineering and Management.
Today, the partnership has crossed the 25 year mark. During this time it has designed and overseen the completion of a wide variety of projects, several of which have been critically acclaimed. The projects range from Museums and Resorts to Real Estate Townships and University Buildings. Built projects also include exclusive Retail and Corporate Interior Designs, International Exhibitions and Product Design. The firm has maintained his reputation of working with a clear set of professional and ethical values coupled with an extensive knowledge base and belief system that it has developed assidously over its years of practice. The practice, by a conscious choice, has undertaken a project handled by the organization – resulting in the creation of a body of significant works that are rational in their approach and sophisticated in their resolution.
The architects of TEAM through their designs have consistently sought to address issues of sustainability and conservation of resources from stages of design conceptualization to future projections of site and building life- cycle management. The architectural designs that have evolved in each of the projects have also benefited immensely from the inputs and experiences gained from parallel consultancies offered by the organization in inter- related areas of Architectural Conservation and Heritage Management, Project Management Audits and Project Monitoring. Such an exposure has been further strenghthened by the long and committed involvement of the principals of the organization in academic and research activities.
The resultant architecture not only heeds existing site conditions, but also shapes a new context that is fully responsive to the site and programmatic requirements. The designs thus created are sound in theory, contextual to the site and building programme, appropriate in technological answers and therefore, holistic in nature.
In addition both Ramanathan & Mukherjee have delivered lectures, published papers/ books and served on several committees concerned with architectural education, practice, policy and their management.