Architecture l Planning l Project Management l Interiors l Facilities Planning

Mani Subra, AIA, founder, president and principal of Scottsdale Airpark based Design One, Inc., Subra’s dedication to his work, his team, his principles and the environment are evidenced in his personal style, as well as the style of the buildings he designs.


A native of the Madras area of India, Subra is eldest son of a small business owner. He grew up “always sketching things.” After getting a degree in architecture in India, he started out working for the government and teaching. But he dreamed of coming to America, drawn by the many opportunities and freedoms he saw here.


In 1970, Mani Subra and his wife came to the U.S. so that they could study at the School of Architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Arizona) in the Fall/Winter and Taliesin East (Green, Wisconsin) in the Spring/Summer. After Taliesin, he spent 12 years as an architect in Canada; first in Toronto, where he worked with renowned Canadian architect Ron Tom, then in Calgary with ATCO Corporation. But he still wanted to be in America. So, in 1982, he decided to come back to Scottsdale, AZ for the climate, which was more like India, and to be closer to Taliesin. After working with another architect for a few years, he started Design One, Inc. in 1986.


Design One, Inc. is a full service architectural, project management and planning firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The firm offers service in architecture, planning, project management, construction management, space planning and interior design.

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Distinctive Talent with Natural Building Materials

Mr. Subra’s distinctive talent for incorporating natural building materials, broad expanses of glass, atrium and terrain-complementing exteriors have gained the attention of numerous national and international publications. His talents have been featured in The Scottsdale Airpark News, The Arizona Republic and The Scottsdale Progress. His progressive use of natural and recycled materials in buildings is a style that has been heralded by Time Magazine as the new principle of design that is more affordable, healthier and shows concern for future generations.