Tania Shah

Designation: Professor



Prof. Tania Shah is a founder of TS Design Works that surveys and explores the diversity of Architectural practice and spotlights on the understanding of your cultural and realistic needs, reflecting them into personalized designs and previews of your desired buildings and structures
A number of individuals with diverse credentials to their names provide their comprehensive involvement into every stage of design and structuring that consistently results in projects that have been recognized and appreciated for architectural innovation and quality.The end result is a guaranteed conversion of your commercial, residential and interior preferences into concrete structural reality, with color palettes and structural nuances that self-define sophistication
The firm maintains a diversified practice and has extensive experience in residential and commercial designs, interiors, landscape, renovation and restoration of old properties and bungalows as well as rehabilitation and landmark restoration.
Our firm is consciously limited in size in order to maintain and execute an innate degree of input and project execution on every project, abiding by our principle of impressionable deliverable quality rather than mediocre quantitative executions.
Prof. Tania Shah is also a photographer who resorts to travel and captures the essence of a space through her lens. She started representing architecture and urban spaces through the medium of photography, discovering what is beyond the eye and exhibiting her experience of space. She has published a book called ‘Expeditions through my Lens’ which narrates the tales of the built and the un-built.
She is a recipient of Eminent Women Award, best Teacher award, debut designer of the year, and recognized as twenty self-made female entrepreneurs of India, Business achievers to watch and many more. Her work is published at various national and international platforms.

Design pedagogy

o First and foremost involving students in selecting the project. Keeping University curriculum in mind, we provoke students to identify the problems they face in their surroundings. Most of the times our projects revolve around humane issues related to challenges in metropolitan cities, environmental issues, lack of public open spaces, deteriorating historic fabric etc.
o Phenomenology becomes a priority and a part of design along with sustainable strategies. We believe that architecture has to be sustainable and if it’s not sustainable then it cannot be Architecture. With these values we are creating a thought process amongst students that makes them sensitive and therefore we are assured to have a better generation of architects to handle the world.
o Emphasizing on process based design and not on product based has inculcated a studio culture amongst our students who consistently work throughout the semester and not only towards the end.
o Conducting Design Esquisses intermittently throughout the semester and calling it ‘Design Week’, where only Architectural design Studios take place throughout the week. This enables us to expedite their design process if we are behind the schedule.
o Collaborating with practitioners to bring in their industry experience in the academic realm.
o Giving awards to students for best design which encourages them to perform better and create a competitive atmosphere.
o Integrating Architectural design theories in our studios.
o Study tours are aligned with the theme of the studio as learning can happen effectively outside the classrooms by learning the architecture that has evolved through a time tested process of evolution of built form, technology and character.
o Hands-on learning exercises on Design and Build on study tours and site visits.
o Using media and audio visual aids to familiarize students to architects work and contemporary global issues.
o Site visits and analysis, conducting surveys and documentation of existing conditions, by interviewing, mapping, photography, movie making, measured drawings etc.
o Study of forms through various process models that leads to evolution of design.
o Integrating the principles of Environmental Studies and climatology in design studios.
o Book reviews to improve their reading skills, improvise the vocabulary and overall communication skills.
o Story boarding and graphically representing information from important books relevant to their design topic.
o Participatory debates on movies and documentaries displaying social, urban and spatial issues.
o Introducing phenomenology in the subject and sensitizing them towards sensory architecture.
o Group discussions and presentations by students of their research work.
o Pin up juries at intermediate stages of Design and involving external faculty for alternate reviews.