A TALK WITH AR. PRASHANT SUTARIA


AR. PRASHANT SUTARIA

  • WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?

My fascination for buildings & specially tall buildings since childhood is the reason for me taking up architecture. My natural mastery over 3D geometry, my non-conventional thought process and certain other personal qualities naturally made me choose this field by the time I was about 15 years old.

  • WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

To begin with, I like to understand the project in detail, and find the deeper meaning of doing the project. I also like to approach each project with a fresh idea and try to not only fulfill the primary requirements but also look for opportunity to go beyond and see what more can be achieved. My design philosophy is to contribute something significant for people through better designed built environment and doing responsible architecture.

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

Well, I simply follow “form follows the function” philosophy of architect Louis Sullivan, which was well followed up and expanded by Frank Lloyd Wright. Of course I do have certain ideas of my own and they keep evolving with time, but I don’t believe in the new age Instagram or Pinterest type of designing, where the design philosophy is based only on achieving visual appeal and wow factor at the cost of other parameters.

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

My skill of sketching the ideas has served me best. Whether it was paper and pencil earlier, or I-Pad and Apple pencil now. It all filters down to drawings as my language as an architect. Listening well and talking our mind out are also very important aspects of this multitasking & multi directional profession. I also feel that my leadership qualities from childhood has come in handy for my large scale projects where I have to take many people along for a qualitative result.

  • 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?

Budding architects should learn-

  1. The art of listening as sometimes the most important information comes from unexpected quarters.

  2. To read the unspoken or camouflaged negative or positive messages, whilst talking with important stake holders of the project.

  3. To think out of the box is another skill very helpful in solving genuine or “created” problems.

  4. To be firm and patient is a very useful virtue to develop.

  5. Each project comes with various opportunities like use of new materials, using old or trying out new contractors, achieving smaller but important design and technological milestones. Understanding these challenges and taking it up goes a long way in the development of a successful design practice.

  6. Documenting all projects and all the details helps in creating a very valuable database.

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

  1. The TAB, Terra Art Box, a mixed used building in Durgapur, West Bengal is one of my favourite projects. I could not only use local art and artisans but also tried to go beyond the brief, and motivate my client to improve the street-scape around the project for the pedestrians and general public. I am delighted that my philosophy of incorporating local art and artisan was not only implemented but it saw the seed for marketing strategy for the hotel operator.

  2. Project code named #AW, near Mumbai. This is labelled as “India’s largest storage space” and here I could redefine a typical boring industrial warehousing project into a path breaking, green & sustainable development which has already won an award by international jury for its design.



  • WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?

The works of Frank Llyod Wright, especially 'Falling Water’, is one of my favourite projects by him. I admire the innovative and bold organic designs of Antonio Gaudi. The creativity and simplicity of Charles Correa’s works has always inspired me. In the new generation, I identify with the works of Bjarke Ingels, especially his concepts of integration of public spaces into building design.


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


Falling Water by F.L.Wright

Sabarmati Ashram by Charles Correa

VIA 57 WEST, Manhattan by BIG


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

Well, the world is becoming more competitive and knowledge-centric. A creative mind and creative approach can change the way in which simple things can be transformed into well designed ones. In a way the time of “business driven by design” has come. We all are fortunate to be in this field and must make the best use of the opportunity.

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