Nandinee Phookan talks architecture, how she built a thriving company serving clients across New York and the world

Nandinee Phookan, the founding Principal at Nandinee Phookan Architects, a New York City-based architecture and design firm working with government agencies, corporations, community organizations and individuals to create environments that are attractive, economical and sustainable joins Enterprise Radio.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Nandinee Phookan discuss the following:

  • You have been working in architecture for over three decades.  How did you first become interested in architecture, and what led to you opening your own firm in 1998?
  • Today, the Nandinee Phookan Architects team works across the transportation, healthcare, residential, commercial, community and government sectors, on projects including the new LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, Victory Memorial Hospital, and the Brooklyn Bridge Montgomery Coastal Resiliency project to name a few. What is your approach to solving critical design challenges?
  • What sectors have been most affected by the pandemic? How has the pandemic affected design practices?
  • How has the architecture industry—and the role of the architect—changed over the past decade?  Where do you see it going?
  • When is the right time to bring in an architect on a project?  How can companies and decision-makers find an architect to meet their needs and goals?

Nandinee Phookan is the founding Principal at Nandinee Phookan Architects, a New York City-based architecture and design firm working with government agencies, corporations, community organizations and individuals to create environments that are attractive, economical and sustainable.

Nandinee launched the firm in 1998, and is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC and Virginia; she is also an NCARB- and MWBE-certified, LEED-accredited professional. As Principal, Nandinee is actively involved in all projects in the firm and her broad interest in design is reflected in the firm’s diverse portfolio of architecture and interior design projects across the transportation, government, healthcare, commercial, residential and urban planning sectors.

Nandinee earned her Master’s degree in Housing and Environmental Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA and her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Delhi in Delhi, India. She also taught Architectural Design studios as an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and the City College of the City University of New York.


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