Chennai-based woman architect at the helm of Telangana Secretariat design


CHENNAI: Ponni M Concessao, a Chennai-based architect, has made history by becoming the first woman architect in India to design a State Secretariat. The New Telangana State Secretariat, which overlooks the Hussain Sagar Lake in Telangana, is a 10-lakh square feet building that houses modern facilities combined with architectural marvels and absolutely stunning interiors.

Three years ago, the Telangana government invited designs from architects across the country. After careful scrutiny, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao chose Ponni’s architectural firm’s design and invited Ponni to design the new Secretariat. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ponni and her husband Oscar G Concessao, who also has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, completed the project in just two years.

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