Pallavi Matkari

Chief architect at Runwal Group.


  • Which architects do you admire the most from the past as well as the present?

    Past- Antonio Gaudi, Present- Sanjay Puri

  • Do you have a signature style? What inspires your designs?

    I don’t have a signature style but simplicity and clean modern no frills architecture is what inspires me

  • What are your thoughts on the importance of renders in architecture today?

    they are essential for laymen to understand what is being done and sold

  • Which project has given you the most satisfaction yet?

    can’t pin a specific one as each one has taught me something new or helped me see things differently

  • What advice would you give to a young architect?

    be clear about the question. also always remember if you won’t use a space there is no reason why that space would work for anyone

  • How was your experience with your first job?

    the first job is the most important part of your training. it sets the entire rhythm of your initiation including your view of the profession and your ethics. In my case the first job taught me the value of conscious design including aspects of social, human and detailing for a specific need. it helped me see the vastness of a small decision taken in a project and its overal impact on the project cost, timeline and impact. it sensitised me to see mould ability of a space as a prime criteria with a keen understanding of changing needs with time, age, access to money and social standing. these are things that you usually don’t even touch upon during your education and suddenly these are parameters based on which your client is making his decision about your work. my first job sensitised me to the existence of these aspects and respecting the viewpoint that the client had on these even if different from mine.

  • What are the 3 things every successful architects must-have?

    sensitivity, out of the box thinking and flexibility of thought.

  • What was the most challenging moment in your career?

    the decision of whether to set up my own studio or take up a job in corporate sector

  • What are the 3 things every successful architects must-have?

    sensitivity, out of the box thinking and flexibility of thought.

  • What role did your educational background play in your career?

    my education was the base over which with experience I learnt a lot of aspects and the teachings of the course helped me sort out the reasoning and the understanding required to do things better

  • How did you rise in your role as a architects, what career hacks can you share?

    rising up in the career requires planning and the ability to evolve. the only career boosting hack is that you have to gain the ability of judging every design choice from more than two point of views and be able to understand that the solution u have chosen is for a specific perspective but shouldn’t fail at all levels of the other perspective coz architecture is an experience which each individual feels and has to hit the comfort zone of atleast 95 percent

  • Can the complexities of a project be summarised with a sketch?

    yes if the person who is sketching is clear about what he is explaining

  • In your experience, what is the most effective way of presenting a project?

    drawings, sketches, views and models/ walkthroughs. Each type of project and its reciepient decides the most effective way of presenting it. it can not be a one glove fits all solution

  • What are you afraid of regarding the future of architecture?

    short term gains surpassing the fact that architecture is what one feels and it can influence a person to a large extent and that the essence of what the spaces are supposed to do is being commercialised into one solution

  • What are your thoughts on the 'globalised approach' of architects nowadays? Is it better to stick with history of the place?

    it is essential for all architecture to be contextual and history is part of context

  • Do you feel architecture magazines put more emphasis on presentation? What facet would you want to be depicted?

    in this age of marketing the magazines are doing what markets well. what they should focus on is the out of the box thinking that leads to revolutionalising ofthe solutions

  • Where do you usually work on your projects? Does your home have a dedicated space for you to work?

    I currently work with a builder and work out of office. for my personal work at home I have a dedicated space

  • Who or what inspired you to become an architect?

    architecture happened to me by chance but in retrospect it suits my needs the best coz it involves both science and art for which I had an inkling

  • Can you describe an evolution of your work from when you started to where you have reached today?

    when I started I believed that the solution that I gave is what will work. now I believe that the solution which makes the client feel that irrespective of me the solution works best for him and is personal to him is correct I have done my job right