WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?
It’s a lifestyle, not a job. Architects typically tend to think about architecture all the time, I know I do. Not just the big ‘A’ type of buildings or projects, but every little thing from everywhere I go. I go somewhere and start looking at materials, form, massing, lighting etc. If I take a trip somewhere, I start by planning it around the buildings I want to visit. Probably 90% of all the books I buy are about architecture – I even put them on my wish list at times.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
There is art in design, but design is not art. Design must be rooted in reality. Design is never perfect. Design is a set of tools, and not a standardized process. Design communicates obvious function and design should always delight others.
WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS?
My personal mantra is an affirmation to motivate and inspire myself to be the best self, as its purpose is to provide motivation and encouragement to you when you need to focus on your mind to achieve a goal.
TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.
Attention to every detail in every design project. Organization and manpower management, communication with client, proper presentation, stakeholder management, problem solving skills, feedback, adaptability, entrepreneurship and hard work.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS A BUDDING ARCHITECT SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHILE HANDLING PROJECTS? WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU ARE THE DO'S AND THE DONT'S IN THIS FIELD?
Normally a budding architect is called an “associate architect” of the principal architect. He/she may be either an associate designer, associate in billing, structural auditor etc. So each associate would have his or her role and responsibilities as instructed by the principal designer.
MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.
Qurrayah commercial complex is dear to me as for the first time in innovation we have introduced "Waste Management System" as an inspiration from our dear prime minister Shri Narendra Modi on “Swach Bharat Abhiyan".
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?
Ar. Zaha Habib as she is a master of parametric lines in her structures and Indian Ar. Charles Correa for his dedication to Indian urban planning and developments.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURAL/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?
The Dancing House, Prague.
The eye-bending dancing house has Frank Gehry's hallmark. Nicknamed “The Dancing House”, Prague’s Nationale - Nederlanden building was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The deconstructivism – or new-baroque – architecture forms an unusual dancing shape thanks to 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension. It’s proved so popular that the building now features on a gold 2,000 Czech koruna coin issued by the Czech National Bank.
Port House, Antwerp, Belgium.
The Port House, a masterfully renovated and extended fire station, was designed to bring together under a single roof the Belgian city’s some 500 port authority staff, while referencing in its design some of Antwerp’s key features. Mimicking the nearby River Schelde’s waters and the windy city’s ever-changing skies, the 6,200 square meter new extension is partly transparent and partly opaque.
Frank Lloyd Wright created this unique design for the Kauffman family in 1934. Designed by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934, Fallingwater is quite possibly the most famous private residence in the world. But why? Well, the unique design makes it look like the house stretches out over a 30ft waterfall, with no solid ground beneath it. This isn't the case, obviously, but the innovative design captured everyone's attention when it was finalized in 1939. It became famous instantly and is now a natural historic landmark. It's so cool you can even get a Lego version!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?
When I am not designing, I usually travel. Domestically as well as internationally; exploring different cultures, habitat and life style from different parts of the globe.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.
I would like to quote a quote -“What we built is what we keep for a lifetime”. An architect should design and build in a way that he is remembered for the future generation. So built intelligently, wisely and innovatively because that is the key for a better tomorrow.