A TALK WITH AR. PREM NATH

Updated: Nov 28, 2018


  • WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE?

Hailing from a refuge period and an EWS background, my career started as a blueprinting boy in an engineering firm, and eventually joining Sir J.J. School of Architecture was itself a dream turned into reality. I never imagined myself becoming a practising architect or one among the top architects in the country.

I had indulged in almost all kind of working opportunities from working as a newspaper vendor, selling balloons and doing all of odd jobs as a school boy to support my education and did not miss opportunity to stay on top and stay ahead. Being good in drawing has helped me to find my way in to school of architecture. I was always on adventures – loved to do things , had nothing to lose & learnt a lot from life– colleagues, friends & acquaintance; learnt to be a performer– a valuable performer which gave me opportunities and cause to perform new challenging assignments until I could accomplish on a matter of habit & routine.


  • WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

“Staying ahead of time/deadlines” and “keeping my work good looking, glamorous yet simple in function– form and non-acrobatic” has always been my go to rule. It is difficult to overcome a design as such but that's my skill to overcome it & this has also helped me receive many appreciations. I've always wanted my designs to be very functional. I strongly believe that the designs which have a lot of acrobatics, always end up not living the test of time.


  • 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?

Be ambitious as an architect, continue to learn and grow as a designer. Don't hesitate to look at faults in your work as I believe that through our mistakes we learn a lot of good things. It takes courage to accept your faults. Work on a cohesive learning concept, don’t feel shy of failures. Remember there is always a scope to improvement so keep pushing your limits until you don’t achieve another level of professionalism. Keep up the pace and keep yourself up to date.


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

Having completed 50 years of this glorious practice, I was fortunate enough to create a lot many “Firsts” in India - The first ever Revolving Restaurant in the country for Ambassador Hotel in Mumbai; India’s 1st Health Spa & Body Rejuvenation Centre was designed by the firm for M/s. World Resorts Ltd, at Golden Palm Resorts, Bangalore; First Multiplex-Mall in the country i.e. Fame Adlabs at Citimall, Andheri Mumbai; Countries’ 1st fast-track I.T. for Morgan Stanley at Mindspace, Mumbai, 1st Gold graded & HUDCO Award winner Township for HP-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL) at Punjab; India’s 1st Platinum Rated School campus – Cygnus World School at Vadodara; 1st themed entertainment Hotel-Resort at Delhi–NCR – The Royal Resort. Nextech Technology Park, Delhi-NCR, A fully integrated global technology IT Park project has, 1st ever ‘In-Implementation’ IT-SEZ Park developed as an Intelligent Techno-township, with the fully developed construction of more than 5 million sq ft. spread over 25 acres of land. The Zeon Tower at Bhakti Park , Illuminated Tower High Rise Residential Phase 2 Complex with added exterior landscaped elements and multilevel podium parking.

ZEON TOWER

REVOLVING RESTUURANT

ROYAL RESORT

PNA CYGNUS SCHOOL

GOLDEN PALM RESORT

HMEL TOWNSHIP

NEXTTECH TECHONOLOGY PARK

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF INDIA'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGNING IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

In the contemporary age, the scope of architecture is vast. When I started practising architecture, the scenario was quite different from what it is now, the profession was limited, the scale was very diminutive, resources were inadequate and at that time pen & ink was all we had for architecture. In the evolution of last decade, there has been a glut of designers, manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, international clients, causing the shift more towards commercialization. I keep reinventing myself year after year, and keep upgrading myself for the next. Now, architecture is getting smarter day-by-day as we are using Hi-Tech solutions. In the coming years, architecture will become a fast track business, which would require multiple skills & collaborations rather turnkey/design build system.


  • WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?

Frank Lloyd Wright has been a true inspiration to me. He started up as a draftsman and throughout his long and prolific career, Frank Lloyd Wright brought modern architecture to the forefront. He was ahead of time & his visionary creations were strongly influenced by the natural world, and he emphasized craftsmanship while embracing technology’s ability to make design accessible to all.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

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

Empire Estate Building is a marvel of engineering and architecture, and it occupies a unique place in the history of construction companies and construction management. The 1453-foot, 103-story structure built in just over 13 months.

Empire Estate Building

Sydney Opera House the significant landmark for Australia is a multi-venue performing art centre in Sydney, New South Whales and Australia. It is one of the most famous and distinctive buildings from the 20th century.


Sydney Opera House

The Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.

The Petronas Twin Towers

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

DREAMING, “I don’t just dream but I also make them come true. Dreams, keep me going.


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

Architecture is one of the best professions one can choose, which enables one to be involved in every aspect of human life. Architects can help you attain name, fame and contentment. If that suits then do pursue with passion & patience as well.


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