A TALK WITH AR. GIRISH CHATPAR


AR. GIRISH CHATPAR

  • WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?

I grew up in a house where my father is an architect. I guess it got cultivated in me from a very small age, although there was no pressure at home for me to become an architect.

  • WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

Design does not exist in isolation, it is a reflection of the larger society. As society changes, so should design. Likewise a house is a reflection of the people living in it. Design cannot be constant and has to keep changing as per the needs of the people living in it.

  • WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS?

It is said the form follows function, but if you ask me it’s the other way around. Practicality and functioning have to be the key elements in your design and aesthetics needs to be worked around it.

  • TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.

Well, it has to be the knowledge and know how of materials. Also communications, as it is a to key to fill almost all the gaps that comes as a hurdle in our profession.

  • 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?

Time line and details. Yes god lies in the details and budget, although what I believe is that budget should not dictate your design.

  • MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.

We specialise in high end luxury residential projects. One of the projects close to me is this 2000 sqft flat that we did in Khar, Mumbai for a client that we completed in just 86 days from scratch to finish. That’s from shell and core state to handover.



  • WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?

I find inspiration in anything and everything around me. Be it art, fashion, product design, nature and or any different forms of art.

  • WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURAL/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?

Works of Santiago Calatrava, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry to name a few that I go on to admire.



  • WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?

Well a lot of times if we are not designing we spend our time into discovering new material and working on new details.

  • SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.

The best designers iterate their designs rapidly to keep pace with client’s demands. Always get guided with your gut feeling, be updated with the latest trends, styles, materials and colour schemes internationally. Keep competing with yourself always.

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