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Forbes India ‘The Bold Club: India’s Top 30 Architects’ Powered by Kohler includes the journeys of prominent and influential architects making an impact in the country and across the globe in their own unique way. This annual initiative is an effort to recognise and promote bold leadership and foster authenticity and passion to inspire innovation.

NA Architects

Scaling New Heights

Niroop Reddy’s firm has a diverse portfolio—high-end homes, hospitals, boutique hotels, and business schools

Niroop Reddy’s journey to becoming an architect began with an idea that was not his own. “It was not my childhood dream to be an architect,” says Reddy, who was into computer science in his youth and had plans to take up engineering.

Worried that he might move abroad to pursue this stream, his father persuaded him to take up architecture so that he could be closer to home. A jovial and obedient Reddy was up for the challenge and earned a B Arch at the Madras University in 1999.

Reddy’s journey in the field began when he joined a startup in Delhi to gain practical training. By 2001, Reddy and his wife Rupana founded Hyderabad-based architecture and interior design firm NA Architects.

Reddy got his first big break in 2004 when the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh approached him to design his offices and residence. It was his work on that project that helped take the firm to new heights. “We had a lot of references and then a lot of big developers approached us,” he says.

Today, the firm has offices in Bengaluru and Dubai and a diverse portfolio—high-end homes, hospitals, boutique hotels, and business schools. It has worked on projects in India and overseas.

The Twins in Hyderabad, the world’s largest single floor plate luxury residential apartments, and a newly completed 400-bed smart hospital in Dubai are a reflection of the firm’s innovative design solutions to meet a client’s requirements. Its ongoing projects include a high-rise building W for DSR in Hyderabad.

But it is his firsts in various categories—residential, commercial etc.—that are most special to Reddy. “That’s where I got a chance to prove myself in different categories,” says Reddy. “I am one of those architects who wants to improve every day and do something new every day.”

By Darielle Britto

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