WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE?
Well, frankly, although I was good in drawings from childhood, I hadn’t particularly decided that I would pursue architecture as my profession in the future when I was in school. It happened, by chance. But I guess the seeds were sown quite early. I remember getting inspired by some international stadium design and actually designing and making a cardboard model of a football stadium during my winter holidays when I was in the 8th standard.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
It’s simple. To create the perfect living space. Both functionally and aesthetically. I’ve earnestly tried to follow the school of design philosophy which says that ‘Form & Function should complement each other’.
WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTIONING WITH AESTHETICS?
Well, I’ve made sure that there’s no compromise on functionality – planning; because the purpose for which the design is to be created should be served foremost. And at the same time it ought to be a challenge to make the structure look such that eyes can’t be taken off it. To ensure this, I begin by having the idea of a preconceived form of the structure, and I try to fit in the functionality in the best way possible.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER?
Well, my drawing skills have helped to make random rough sketches of the designs that pop up in my mind,before giving them final forms depending on the functional aspects.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS A BUDDING ARCHITECT SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHILE HANDLING PROJECTS?
Do understand the purpose of the design. Pay utmost attention to details – both functional and aesthetic. Put forth natural ways of achieving comfort for the user population instead of relying solely on technology. Don’t copy designs blindly. Get inspired by existing examples, but create your own original stuff. And most importantly don't let your designer ego rule over your common sense. Don’t be easily satisfied with yourself. That will signal the end of self-improvement.
MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.
A small office I designed in Kolkata is quite close to my heart because it was a challenge both in terms of creativity and functional restrictions.
Another under process project is a 4-storey bungalow that I’m doing in Salt Lake, because the of the sheer challenge to overcome on-site restrictions and make it the most beautiful and most well-planned building in that entire zone of the city.
The next which I’m quite emotional about is a bungalow that I’m currently designing for the Royal Family of Tripura in Agartala, in a very picturesque location, with the challenge that it has to look as beautiful as the Royal Palace which is one of the most beautiful and classically designed mega structures in the country.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF INDIA'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGNING IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
The architectural scenario in present day India is quite encouraging. New ideas, new concepts and new technology are bringing forth fresh designs. The work on green architecture and also on conservation of historic old buildings have upped the scales of excellence too. However, the western countries, especially Europe, are still ahead as far as the extent of experimentation in design and embracing of minimalism and other contemporary concepts are concerned.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?
Sir Frank Llyod Wright, and our very own Charles Correa. They are God to me when it comes to architecture. Their vision, their genius have been the source of my inspiration.
WHAT ARE FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE WORLD?
Falling Waters & The Guggenheim Museum in USA, Sydney Opera House, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, City Centre in Salt Lake, Kolkata and of course, The Parthenon in Athens besides The Taj Mahal situated in Agra.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?
Music and sports have always given me the biggest highs. My passion to impart knowledge has made me land up as a mentor at EXTERIOR INTERIORS PVT LTD Kolkata, where I've been teaching designing for many years.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.
I’ll keep it short and simple. Never be rigid in your ideas and beliefs. Otherwise you’ll miss out on more than half of the good things in the world.