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atul sharma

Designer :: Torti Gallas and Partners



As a designer, thinker and writer, my interests lie in those inherent qualities that make buildings, spaces and places loved by the people that inhabit them. Having studied and worked on projects across the world, I am convinced that Sensible Practices that have evolved in each culture over thousands of years hold the key to making economically successful and socially vibrant communities. 

Prior to arriving in the United States, I earned my Bachelor in Architecture from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, a premiere Indian institution. Having graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master in Urban Design in 2005, I have been working in architecture and urban design studios across the country. Over the past 10 years, I have gained international experience in both architecture and urban design, from studying in an urban laboratory like Chandigarh, to working globally with firms such as UDA, DPZ and Torti Gallas and Partners. The diverse nature of these experiences has led me to appreciate the uniqueness of each site, culture and climate. It has also honed my ability to create designs that merge local heritage with modern aspirations. 

I believe that moving forward in a turbulent socio economic landscape, designers will have to rely more and more on the wisdom that their communities have gathered over centuries. We will have to think simply and design sensibly, devoting ourselves to the greater good of the communities we cherish and learn from every day.