Stephane Paumier arrived in India in 1996 for a voluntary civil service after his architecture graduation from the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville.
He won the international competition for the Alliance Francaise de Delhi in 2001 in collaboration with Architects Anupam Bansal and Rajesh Dongre (ABRD Architects). This was the strengthening of a long-standing association which helped realize several projects like the French Institute of Pondicherry, the French Information Resource Centre in Delhi and secure the 2nd prize for the open national competition of Minto Hall Convention Center, Bhopal.
The practice focuses on developing contextual skills for each project. Since 2005, the firm has conceived and realized many notable projects like the Tarun Tahiliani headquarters (nominated for the AGA Khan Awards 2010), the Triburg headquarters, the O.P. Jindal Global University. It recently won the international competition for the first Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is currently designing the Coimbatore Convention Center and the Coimbatore Center for Contemporary Art (CoCCA).
The studio brings local craft of construction in play along with the latest technological & material development advancement for the benefit of an ecologically responsive design. It gives credit to the existing local constructional techniques, local materials and traditional spatial planning. This provides SPA Design with a good base of knowledge to develop something new and experimental in the spaces, techniques or materials .