Oscar & Ponni Architects, Chennai

Oscar & Ponni Architects

"Our design philosophy is to use as much as eco-friendly materials, natural daylight and save the earth's natural resources. We firmly believe in using green building materials and products for designing sustainable architecture."

Winning 13 awards in a single year which is unprecedented in the Indian history, the architectural firm 'Oscar & Ponni Architects,' has really amazed all with their incredible achievements. Established in 1995 in Chennai by Ar Oscar Concessao and Ar Ponni Concessao, after getting their Master's degree in Architecture and gaining valuable architectural experience in the leading firms in New York City, the architectural practice, Oscar & Ponni Architects, Chennai was set up with a vision to save earth's natural resources as much as possible and build Sustainable Architecture.

Sustainable Architecture

Over the years, Oscar & Ponni Architects' worked on versatile projects such as Universities, Engineering and Medical Colleges, Stadiums, Information Technology Parks, Bio-tech Parks, Nano Technology Parks, Townships, Hospitals, Apartments, Hotels, Resorts, Malls, Corporate Offices, Luxury Bungalows, Factories, SEZ, several Government and State buildings and so on. The husband and wife team of architects has not only worked across India, but also designed projects in Middle East and the Far East.

Flash Back

Ar Oscar and Ar Ponni have completed their B.Arch Degree from the Regional Engineering College, now NIT Tiruchirapalli in 1986, and 1987. After completing his graduation in India, Oscar went to the USA on a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, Norman and did his Master's degree in Architecture in Urban Design in 1987. Ponni also went to USA, with a Tata scholarship and completed her Master's in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Both Oscar and Ponni have done their advanced professional studies specialization at Harvard University and have also been conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Malaysia and University of Milano for Modern Architecture and Architectural Science. They both worked in New York City with leading architects specializing in Skyscrapers, Institutional buildings, Hotels, Hospitals and Stadiums and returned to India after gaining lot of experience and settled in Chennai, Ponni's hometown and started their Architectural and Interior design practice.

Front Garden Pangola

For choosing Chennai to get settled, the duo informed that this city is a blend of historic and contemporary, traditional and advances urban elements in a unique way. They anticipate that there is a big demand for housing in the affordable and the high end segment and also in the commercial office and retail spaces as Tamil Nadu being the leading state in the country to offer employments in the IT, Manufacturing, Financial Educational, and Tourism sectors which will certainly be a need for several office spaces, commercial, shopping and housing developments.

Design Philosophy

Every architectural firm has its own vision and design principles. Architects have the ability to visualize things to wide extent. Talking about Oscar & Ponni Architects' design style, the architects said, "Our firm design philosophy is to use eco-friendly materials, natural daylight and to save the earth's natural resources. Our design approach is built not on a pre-determined language or a rigid signature style but it grows naturally as per the requirements of the clients and also from a quest for new ideas. We believe that architecture is a response to fundamental basic human needs - a way of organizing space while meeting practical demands. Hence, our designs evolve from a rigorous inquiry into the particulars of location, context, program and clients brief. We firmly believe to satisfy customers and for this we present them various design and style options and the pros and cons. Based on their selection, we strive to create buildings that uplift the human spirit and are green in nature. This way we establish a dynamic synergistic relationship with them and keep getting repeat projects from our clients over the years."

Material of Choice

Advocating the use of steel as a building material, the duo architects informed that there are several reasons why steel is preferred choice. It has given architects the artistic freedom to visualize and create stunning iconic structures that also serve their purpose best way. Steel buildings are both aesthetically functional and remarkably durable. The long lasting properties of steel, its premium quality and unique construction methods make it possible to construct the exact computer-engineered designs. Steel as a construction material can be molded in any form hence giving the buildings the shapes you desire. It's not only the functional and aesthetic facet of building with steel that is attracting more architects but also its sustainable features. Steel buildings are typically made out of recycled materials, making them even more appealing over concrete or wood buildings.

Eco-Friendly Materials


The firm 'Oscar & Ponni Architects' won over 50 International, National and State Awards for their Master Planning, architecture and Interior works. In the year 2012 only, Oscar & Ponni architects have won 13 awards and in the year 2013, they have won 3 Indian Buildings Congress Awards for Excellence in Architecture and two awards for Artists in Concrete Awards Asia -2012. In the year 2014, Oscar & Ponni Architects have two International AICA Awards at Pune and two National Awards from the Indian Buildings Congress at New Delhi. Both the architects have won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations when the awards were presented by the Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

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