WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?
Ever since my school days I have always had a passion for art and drawing. I realized in school that Art is not everybody’s cup of tea and as I grew older, I searched for an avenue where I could pursue my passion as well as be in my profession. Architecture seemed to be the perfect profession which in many ways satisfied my need to be creative and at the same time be a part of contributing to human needs and aspirations.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
My design philosophy is making all the energies work in harmony to create a beautiful piece of architecture. When form, function and human energy are all in sync, your design cannot go wrong.
WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS?
Balancing both these aspects are always a challenge. It is important to look at aesthetics and functionality simultaneously while designing. It is a beautiful process and eventually there is always an answer to even the most complex and difficult design issue. Multi tasking becomes important here because one without the other according to me is an incomplete task. The mantra is to work with functionality and aesthetics simultaneously rather than start with one preconceived idea and then hope that function or aesthetics will follow.
TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.
Being true and sincere to design and not compromising even in the face of adversity. A no compromise design might have set backs in the beginning but in the long run it is something which becomes the strength of your design philosophy.
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?
A budding architect would normally be keen to see his dream project become a reality and in this process he should realize and remember that his design is going to cater to actual human needs and requirements. Therefore, he should keep the human factor in mind as an important aspect of the entire design process.
MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.
Regency Anantam, a 50 lakh sq.ft. residential development at Dombivali is unique and different in many ways. The project looks at the human aspect and the human factor closely. Designing a township of this kind where you get an opportunity to change the lifestyle of people is satisfying and challenging at the same time. Working with the latest construction technology to meet timelines, making a sustainable design which helps saving the environment and cutting living costs of residents and designing aesthetically beautiful buildings is part of the process of designing this township.
Another project close to my heart is a house designed in Khandala known as the Infinity House. A modern villa on a contoured site, a play of form and shapes and an infinity pool which forms the focal point of this design.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?
Le Corbusier inspired me in college and his play of light shadow and exposed concrete has never ceased to amaze. In todays times Zaha Hadid and her fluidic architecture is a true inspiration for all.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURAL/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?
Zaha Hadid’s mall at Milan.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?
Life in Mumbai is hectic to say the least. Free time is limited to spending time with my family, pushing fitness goals and taking an occasional trip coupled with a holiday as well as architecturally rich destinations around the world.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.
I think architecture should not be limited to straight lines and obvious geometric forms. Its time to push the envelope and explore ideas with unconventional geometry and design.