Partner DCA Architects
In Retrospect: 2012
“Change is the only constant’ and it is the reality of our times; this is what we at DCA believe in and work towards. It is this belief that has driven us to grow in diverse segments; segments we had never before been exposed to. An important change for us was also the number of international brands we worked with, exceeding the number of Indian brands we allied with. Our observation while working with these international players is that they are mellow in their whole approach. Besides, they are also more open to our ideas while adding value to them.
Arrival of FDI
We have already seen that the entry of international players in the Indian market has, over the last few years, resulted in tremendous changes in the market, in our sensibilities and in market dynamics. There has been a greater awareness and acceptance of what is truly international and system-oriented. Therefore, FDI in retail will further speed up this process and make us more integrated with the Global Village that the world is becoming in all respects. It will bring in some maturity in the market and give rise to a healthy competition. A good competition always brings out the best in all of us. We will also get the opportunity to learn a lot from them and add value from our own expertise. So Indian retail design firms need to continue the good work all of us are doing. The opportunities are huge for all stake holders. We are also looking at avenues to grow internationally with these brands and hope and believe that FDI in retail will accelerate this process further.
Looking Ahead: 2013
There is only one mantra to sustain and grow in any business: "Hard work and innovation". And I believe Indian design firms have always done that and will continue to do so. If anything, our jobs are getting easier, because there are more clients, and Indians are more aware, more willing to accept new ideas now. The international clients for their part are also looking up to and appreciating Indian design firms and supporting the structures.