77th Award! Oscar and Ponni Architects bags ‘India’s Most Promising Architect Award’

77th Award! Oscar and Ponni Architects bags ‘India’s Most Promising Architect Award’

Mangaluru: Oscar Concessao, originally from Valencia- Mangaluru and an alumnus of St Aloysius College – Mangaluru, but now settled in Chennai, manages his firm ” Oscar and Ponni Architects” along with his wife, Architect Ponni in Chennai. Recently Architect Oscar and Architect Ponni were awarded the “Most Promising Architect Award in India” at the India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design Awards 2017 by Merit Awards in New Delhi at Shangri-La Eros Hotel on Jan 8th, 2017. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Architect Prem Nath and Interior Designer Lipika Sud. This is the 77th architectural Award won by Oscar and Ponni Architects.

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Architect Oscar Concessao and Architect Ponni Concessao, husband and wife team completed the B.Arch Degree from the Regional Engineering College, now NIT Tiruchirapalli in 1986, and 1987. After their 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 followed to the USA, with a Tata scholarship and completed her Master’s in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Both Architect Oscar and Architect Ponni have done their advanced professional studies specialization at Harvard University. Both Oscar and Ponni have been conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Malaysia and Universita 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.

They returned to India and settled in Chennai, Ponni’s hometown and started their Architectural and Interior design practice on 1996. Over the years they built their practice designing versatile projects such as Universities, Engineering and Medical Colleges stadiums at Doha, Qatar, several 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

Oscar & Ponni Architects have now won 77 International, National and State Awards for Architecture and Interiors. To highlight a few, in 2004, Oscar & Ponni Architects won an award for ‘Excellence in Built Environment, awarded by, the former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam for the Satyam Technology Information Technology Park at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. In 2005, he won the ‘Architect of the year Award’, 2004 from then Chief Minister of Pondicherry, Rangasamy. In the year 2008, they had won the prestigious Indian Institute of Architects, IIA National Award 2008 for the Sastra BioTech Park for Sastra University at Tanjore.

They have won the Indian Buildings Congress Award seven times for their information technology parks, campuses and townships. In 2009, their project won the Archi Design ‘Best Institutional Building’ Award. In the same year Oscar & Ponni Architects Sastra University project Sastra Arts and Science, Tanjore, won the Best Institutional/ Corporate building award. In 2012, they won 6 national awards for their Institutional, Cultural, Township projects and Hotel interior projects, awarded by ‘Artists in Concrete awards’ at Pune. This year they won 3 National awards from the Indian Buildings Congress Awards for Excellence in Built Environment.

In the year 2012, Oscar & Ponni architects have won 13 awards which are unprecedented in India. In the year 2013, Oscar & Ponni Architects 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. Some of Oscar and Ponni Architects ongoing projects are large affordable housing townships, Villas, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Hospitals and skyscrapers.

Team Mangalorean congratulates Ponni M and Dr Oscar Concessao and also wishes them all success in their future endeavours and achievements. Congrats galore!

About Mangalorean Oscar Concessao:

Oscar Concessao had his schooling and college at St Aloysius, Mangaluru; B.Arch 1986, University of Madras, Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli (NIT); M. Arch (Urban Design) 1987, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA, with Teaching & Research Assistantship; Advanced Professional Studies 1992, Harvard University, USA, Specializing in Research Labs and Hospital Designs; PhD in Modern Architecture, February 2008, and Diploma in Designing with Stone, Verona, Italy, October 2010.

Oscar has been a recipient of many merits and awards- to name a few:

– Excellence in Public works Architecture, Construction Industry Awards 2012, Kattuman Thozhil, September 16, 2012, presented by Dr K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamilnadu.

-Architectural Creation of the Year Award – Runner, Awarded by the Indian Institute of Architects – Tamilnadu Chapter, April 28, 2012.

-Won 6 National AICA Awards, Artists in Concrete Awards at Pune, 2012 for Hotel Interiors, Institutional, Cultural, and Township projects.

– Outstanding Achiever’s Award, Indian Architecture Design Festival (IADF, 2011) September 16, 2011.

– Rotary Vocational Service Excellence Award, by Rotary Club of Chennai Mambalam District 3230, September 2011

– Citilights Meadows-Social Housing & Public Housing selected by IIA to participate at the ARCASIA 2011-2012, Vietnam.

– Award for “Excellence in Built Environment-2009” for Citilights Meadows Apartments, Chennai, by Indian Building Congress, Awarded by Minister. S Jaipal Reddy & Mangat Ram Singhal, 17 June 2010, New Delhi

-Archi Design Award 2009 Award for Best Institutional Building 2009 for Sastra Arts & Sciences, Tanjore.

-Vanigamamani Award – 2009 Best Architects of the year 2008-2009, Awarded by Dr Annadurai, Chandrayan Project Director August 1, 2009.

-Award for 20th IIA-Awards 2008 for Excellence in Architecture for “Sastra Biotech Park”, Tanjore, Tamilnadu by the Indian Institute of Architects Nov 2008. Receiving Award from Architect Vinay M Parelkar, President, the Indian Institute of Architects, on May 29th, 2009 at Town Hall, Kolkata.

-Award for “Excellence in Built Environment-2008” for “Sastra Biotech Park”, Tanjore, Tamilnadu. Awarded by Minister S Jaipal Reddy.

-Chairman’s Award 2007, Archi Design Awards for Excellence in Architecture “PGP College of Engineering and Technology”, Namakkal, Tamilnadu.

– Award for Excellence in Creative Architecture by Society Interiors, April 2006.

-Award for “Excellence in Built Environment-2004” for Hallmark Technology Park, Chennai, by Indian Building Congress, Awarded by Honourable Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, July 2005.

-“Architect of the Year – 2004”, by the Indian Institute of Architects Tamilnadu Chapter, May 2005 by Chief Minister N Rangasamy of Pondicherry.

-Award for Excellence in Built Environment for Satyam Technology Park, Bhubaneswar, by Indian Building Congress, Awarded by His Excellency the President of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, June 2004.

-“Outstanding Architect Award” For excellence in Architectural Practice for the Year 2005, from Hindustan College of Engineering.

-Received Citation from Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Dr J. Jayalalithaa for Dr Ambedkar Law University, School of Excellence in Law.-2004.

-Received Citation from Thiru M K. Stalin for Arunai centre, Arunai Engineering College 2000.

-Received Citation from Hon’ble Minister Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, for I T. Park at Arunai Engineering College.

-Received Citation from Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu, Thiru Rammohan Rao for PGP Arts and Sciences Campus, Namakkal.

-Honorable Mention 1987, William Van Allen Fellowship, International Design Competition, USA.

-Honorable Mention 1991, Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary National Design Competition, USA.

-First Prize 1994, Western Railways Project, International Design Competition, Mumbai, India.

Before he started his own architectural firm in Chennai, Oscar had worked with Emery Roth & Sons, New York City, USA, Company which designed the World Trade Center, specializing in Office Towers, Apartments, Hotels, Shopping malls. He had also worked with Silver & Ziskind Architects, Manhattan, USA specializing in Airports, Hospitals and Campuses.

Oscar Concessao International based in Chennai is a multi-disciplinary practice of architects, planners, urban designers and interior architects. The firm provides consultancy services to institutional, public sector and corporate clients and assignments have been successfully completed. Founded in 1996, the firm provides an integrated service covering all major phases of projects from planning and pre-investment studies through to detailed design, management and covers a range of sectors and uses including civic and educational, retail, commercial and industrial, community and health, residential, tourism and leisure.

Oscar Concessao International, Architects, Urban Designers, Planners, provide broad-based services that address all aspects of Architectural Design including Planning, Project Management, Space Programming and Interior Design. The diversity of experience in the team and its multi-disciplinary character is its strength.Team members have experience in large-scale urban development projects, major commercial/retail projects high rise, Resort developments, Commercial Apartments, Universities and College campuses, Restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, Healthcare, Laboratory facilities, Airports, Hotels and Corporate Interiors. The teams are equipped with State-of-the-art computers to produce drawings, reports and specifications and are always on the cutting edge of design excellence.

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