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Posted by  raj on September 25, 2003 at 00:58:08:

In Reply to:  Outsoucing architecture to India posted by Greg Izor on September 21, 2003 at 10:01:04:

Dear Greg Izor:
The good about outsourcing to India:
1) Inexpensive work
2)Current software
3)English-speaking respondents
4)Trained draftspersons/architects
5)Dedicated and earnest respondents
6) Preferably, you must do the initial layout yourself. Conditions including climate in India call for architecture that is dependent upon natural light and ventilation, in most cases. Architecture for corporates is global in its design and production.
Timely delivery depends upon the entity that you would deal with. Most such respondents are very serious and usually would deliver on time.

The bad:
1)Some international standards relating to arhitecture are not used in India. So it is possible that you might have to send a demo or sample of the drawings that you want to do.
2)If you want construction drawings or shop drawings done in India, you might want to look for those experienced in your country's style of doing work
3) Specifications are different in India. You would need to provide info on specifications
4) It is possibe that you may be using materials that are local to your region. In such cases, you would need to educate your respondents about the materials and their properties.

I am an architect with a Master of Architecture degree from the US. I worked as Project Architect with an architecture firm in Midwestern US that made multiplex theaters outside the US as well. The firm did projects in India too.

Currently, I live in Bombay with my wife who is also an architect. We are a small practice doing mainly multi-storied residential buildings in Bombay.

At the moment, we are between projects. I offer my services to you. If you are interested, may be you can try us out for some of your work. If our results satisfy you, we can take it to the next level.
I would be happy to send my resume, sample drawings, and an note on my experience.

-Raj

 
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