Deepa Dhar is founder and principal of FOLIO architects, an architectural practice that specializes in the design of facilities for the life sciences. Ms. Dhar has over 20 years experience in the detailed programming, strategic planning, design and management of high- tech research, development and manufacturing facilities for biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical clients. Her adherence to fundamental principles of architectural design, coupled with her ability to identify the key essentials of good lab functionality and process flow, enables her to produce simple, logical & appropriate solutions to seemingly complex requirements. Understanding the clients’ goals and being there to provide guidance in her area of expertise has led her to develop long term relationships with a series of clients which include Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Dynavax Corporation and the SLAC Linear Accelerator Center.
Ms. Dhar has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. She is Editor of the International Facilities Management Association, Silicon Valley chapter newsletter and has written for several industry publications including R&D magazine. She has presented at Labs 21 and Gene acres and was recently recognized as a 2010 ‘Women of Influence’ by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.