Which architects do you admire the most from the past as well as the present?
from past - Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, Le Corbusier from present - James law, J+W, J+H Boifills, PIA
Describe a typical day at work for you?
Set goals for the day. Meet the team leads and run down each project and define role responsibilities. Resolve design and details queries. Check all communications. Few hours on design board with sketches on layouts and details for ongoing projects. Meet the visitors aligned for meetings & most importantly research online for new products and innovations across the globe for incorporating in near future projects.
What is your biggest concern at your job? How do you manage it?
To find the right talent for our area of work. We narrow down to the best out of received applications and once they join us we give minimum 6 months of vigorous exposure to all facets of a project for overall learning. The biggest concern is to deliver highest quality work & we have been able to stike high standards till date.
What are your thoughts on the 'globalised approach' of architects nowadays? Is it better to stick with history of the place?
Yes I feel that history of place is important to be conserved in one way or the other. it’s important for the new generations to know the historic significance of the past. In no way I’m suggesting to built old style architecture but one a weave the old and the new in a contemporary ways to make the built environment a meaningful place with a soul inside. Its eventually an experience we built which must touch your senses and evoke emotions.
Who or what inspired you to become an architect?
it’s not a perticular person or a project which inspired me. it’s the joy of creating an experience through a medium of designing spaces what inspires me. design is not putting few colours or materials together. it’s the overall experience and the emotions it generates. it’s about what is does to you. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Do you have a signature style? What inspires your designs?
I’m not sure about it yet -but I do believe that every design result is meant to generate a positive emotion. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. what inspires my design first how it works and secondly how it is experienced. functional & aesthetically viable. In recent times financially also viable😄
Which project has given you the most satisfaction yet?
it’s difficult to answer. With completion of every project there is a sense of satisfaction. Every new project comes with its own set of challenges & brings satisfaction once the project is over. There is a sense of gratification and joy with every project which has taken hours of efforts and manifestation.
What advice would you give to a young architect?
Be prepared to give your 100% - Apart from focusing on improving your design skill set which is fundamental to this profession - do develop other skills such as client servicing etc. Architecture & Desing is part of a service and we must develop to learn this aspect also.
What are your thoughts on the importance of renders in architecture today?
Renders are very important as they help communicate our ideas and concepts to the larger community & helps reach at decision making. A good Render would leave no concerns or ambiguity and help explain the design concept to the client and later to the contractors and agencies involved in the building process for a more accurate end results.
Do you feel architecture magazines put more emphasis on presentation? What facet would you want to be depicted?
I don’t think so. Presentation is important for evoking interest & at the same time the content is equally important. How the content is laid out with supporting images. Architecture magazines must cover a project in its totality. That means it should have the architect’s perspective along with the client’s perspective. A verdict from both on the project success will be important to know by reader.
What role did your educational background play in your career?
It played and important role. Education gave us the tools to assimilate our thoughts and ideas and convey it via medium which helped communicate to people from various facets of life. communication is a key to success and for architects and designers visual communication is very important. Our education provides us will all the tools required to achieve that. Moreover it’s important that we keep the education process continue as evolution is again a key to progressing.
Can the complexities of a project be summarised with a sketch?
yes they can be summarised with a sketch at a conceptual level. but this may not be enough to built it real-time 1:1
Who or what inspired you to become an architect?
It was not a person or a project. It’s my ability to plan spaces which are functional & aesthetically beautiful. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. From very young days at school I had this fondness to sketch layouts & I knew my calling was Architecture & Interior Design.
What was the most challenging moment in your career?
There have been few challenges but it seems the biggest challenge is what we are facing these days. The pandemic crisis has put the projects on stand still. The entire Architecture profession itself is non essential for this period which it is difficult to estimate the time horizon.
What motivated you to choose this career?
it’s not a perticular person or a project which inspired me. it’s the joy of creating an experience through a medium of designing spaces what inspires me. Design is not putting few colours or materials together. it’s the overall experience and the emotions it generates. it’s about what is does to you. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. The thrill of witnessing your creativity take shape 1:1 is priceless. Also the architect is a solution provider and start point for any project. There is a sense of pride along with responsibility which is one of the biggest motivation.
In your experience, what is the most effective way of presenting a project?
it must go through various stages starting from a design brief, & budgets followed by a pre design stage comprising of case studies. Followed by a strong concept, with references in form of pictures, sketches etc closest to the goal. All this packaged & documented with realistic artist renders and walk through for complete understanding of the clients. Last but most important a broad cost analysis aligned to design brief & budgets.
What are you afraid of regarding the future of architecture?
In few worlds it’s heading towards vendor based solutions for specific zones of a project.
Where do you usually work on your projects? Does your home have a dedicated space for you to work?
I work mostly from my office - although in this profession work never stops as you constantly try to evolve the design even after completing milestones. So you end up with working from where ever you are. I have learnt to keep a work life balance so I do not work from home.
Can you describe an evolution of your work from when you started to where you have reached today?
This one is difficult to Answer in few words. This profession is termed as a PRACTICE. Mainly because with every new project comes with its new challenges & you constantly practice to become better and improve each time you finish a project. So with age and number of successful projects you keep on polishing your skills. From the time I started till today - most important evolution is to address a project in its totality. Earlier it used to be one aspect of a project, now it is every aspect of a project in totality and the entire responsibility of the success or failures are on your shoulders at least for the defined scope of works.
What are the 3 things every successful architects must-have?
1 - ability to understand the project requirements by asking the right questions. 2 - innovate & create within the defined parameters of a project & evolve the brief itself to make the design solutions stand the test of time. 3 - ability to connect with the various agencies and consultants involved in the project to ensure the successful delivery of the project meeting all its criteria.
How did you rise in your role as a architects, what career hacks can you share?
By finding a niche for myself - area of specialisation. Understood early architecture & interor architecture is a part of a service industry & it’s not just about design. So a good design backed up by a good service results into repeat jobs and word of mouth can expand number of projects.
What's the advice you would like to give to an aspiring architects?
Be prepared for a lot of hard work & stop looking at this profession as only creative work. There is a lot more then just being a good design sense to manage a practice & it’s best to develop non creative skill sets too to keep growing in the industry.