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In the year 1995, 3 young architecture graduates from IIT Kharagpur started an architectural practice called Tevatia Chauhan & Sharma Architects. The practice specialized and excelled in developing individual family homes. In 2003, the practice was rechristened as Design Forum International (DFI), with a clear intent to foster an egalitarian organizational ethos where distinctive architectural talent finds self-expression and can contribute in a democratic and collaborative work environment. The practice has since grown from strength to strength and is currently marching ahead with a vibrant team of over 100 professionals; each pursuing a distinctive value based architectural spirit that DFI imbues. DFI executes each piece of work undertaken with a deep sense of optimism, excellence and integrity, keeping in mind that each project is a legacy for our future generations. While DFI plays its role as an agent of change, its efforts are rooted in the principles of responsiveness to local context and sustainable architecture. DFI’s prime objective is to achieve excellence in design, perfectly in balance to both time and cost. Our team is committed to emphasize communication and design for the people and environment. Having won many accolades for our works, DFI has emerged as an institution which attracts  great design minds; who love to thrive in a professionally charged environment focusing on every detail and exploring new design methodology for every project.


DFI Portfolio Mixed-use and Retail : 8 Million sqft Group Housing : 51 8 Million sqft Townships : 2100 Acres Offices and IT Parks : 6 8 Million sqft


Design Philosophy

Our Habitats shape and influence our lives profoundly and, therefore, as custodians of the Built Environment where much intervention is necessitated in the name of Capacity upgradation, we feel the need to emphasize inclusion of contextuality and conservation in our thoughts and designs.

If words were a repository of thoughts and ideas then DFI’s current thought process is captured thus: •  To play-IN into the continuum as opposed to playing OUT an egoistic expression of Disruptivism. •  To embellish with thoughtful contemporary interventions echoing the aspirations of our times while discarding architectural vestiges. •  To animate with meaningful newness; combining the use of a problem-solving approach with sensitive and delightful Urban Artistry. •  To be reverend to the substantive context; both Immediate and Cosmic. •  To pursue a practice of Architecture with a Conscience; A Karmic Architecture. that belongs to its PEOPLE and its PLACE.