Rapid Fire Interview with Ar. Shilpi Attrey, Senior Architect at Al Reyami Interiors

Rapid Fire with Design Professionals Dated:  May 4, 2016
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Ar. Shilpi Attrey

Shilpi Attrey is a senior Architect at Al Reyami Interiors – a design studio based in Abu Dhabi. She graduated from B.M.S College of Engineering and started her career as a junior Architect at Creda Architects, Bangalore. Since then, over a period of 8+ years she has gained vast experience working in a multicultural environment working with several nationalities. Her objective has always been to deliver designs that are culture sensitive, cost effective and ones that meet aesthetic expectations of the clients.

Your first role model? 

No one in particular. I personally like to learn from various people I come across in life.

Your first job?

Creda Architects, Bangalore 

Your first boss?


Your first project?

Jaya Residence Renovation 

Your first disappointment? 

The rejection of concept for Enec offices Tender, a prestigious Government job in Abu Dhabi.

Your biggest achievement?

Jose residence interiors published in local magazine in Bangalore

Your biggest failure?

Working on AVR Residence where design was lost because of our conflicts with the client at the later stage of the project 

The most challenging Project?


Your Favorite Project?

VPS Healthcare promotion center, Abu Dhabi, UAE

A piece of advice to upcoming architects?

Work smart and keep learning. Learn the art to convince client on various projects.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Design manager for a good company

How would you describe yourself in one word? 

Passionate about design

What is the one thing that you would like to change about yourself? 

Sketching ability

What is the one thing that you like about your field? 

Creativity and experience on a daily basis

What is the one thing that you hate about your field? 

Discrimination against women at times

How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 as an architect? ( 10 being the highest ) 


If given the chance, what is the one thing that you would like to change about architecture field in India? 

More practical implementation of the work and experiment with more materials.

Architect you fascinate the most? 

Zaha Hadid

which is your favorite architectural structure in India? 

Matrimandir Aurovile

Tell us briefly about one iconic building in the world which can be truly termed as an 'architectural masterpiece' 

Falling water by Frank Lloyd Wrights

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