CN Raghavendran

The Stalwart


Leading the industry for the past 70 years, CR Narayana Rao (CRN) is a steadfast practise; the family run business continues to make waves. The Chennai based practise that began in 1945, has expanded to become a multi disciplinary practise over the years with a strong and compelling service in the industry. Founded by C. R. Narayana Rao, the firm has only built on his design legacy to create and sustain projects of eminent stature. One of the Partners of CRN since 1968 and currently the Managing Director, CN Raghavendran has provided leadership and is significantly responsible for making CRN one of the largest and most successful firms in India today. A Padma Shri Awardee in 2011, he has spearheaded the design, engineering and implementation of a wide variety of projects pan India and abroad, including the UAE, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Guyana, Malaysia and Zambia. One of their projects completed in the early 1990s of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai continues to receive prestigious accolades. From creating designs that stand the test of time, the firm’s revolutionary blueprints have changed the way industrial design is perceived in India and abroad.

Hunter Douglas India’s architectural products manufacturing facility office located over 18.75 acre of land in Andhra Pradesh is a vision to desire. The energy efficient office space uses many of the client’s products in the external applications, including the solar shading devices amongst other facade related products. The urban look of the space seeks to fit in with the surrounding industrial complex, providing a modern vibe rooted in present day design. Working with the client, a manufacturer of construction material – inspired the design process and the building design highlights the value of the client’s products.
The government building of Arogyasoudha in Bengaluru is spread over 4.01 acres. The low energy building is rather unique for a government building - from the AC ducts to the robust infrastructure flexible for phasing, the firm has achieved a one-of-its-kind design. The cost-efficient smart technologies make it one of the most forward looking in terms of energy efficiency and easy maintenance, getting it a Platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council.