WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?
I always wanted to do something different and then my father made the decision that I should do this and later interior design/ architecture became my passion. It helps in developing new ideas and doing creative things. In this field, you learn many new things, explore new places and meet new people. I Like doing new things and this profession helped me develop myself in so many ways. I have become more confident and I'm glad that I pursued this career option.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
My design philosophy is that there is art in design, but design is not just art, it is how you plan on solving the problems of your clients. Your design should be rooted in reality. Design is about creating elegant solutions to address user needs. The tricky thing is that we are designing for humans and humans are complicated. People’s expectations and desires evolve over time. Sometimes design evolves to meet these changes, sometimes design is the driver of the change. Regardless, a designer’s work is never done. This does not mean that design needs to be trendy, design can be timeless, but a great designer has to have a bent towards iteration and always have his or her ear to the ground.
WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS?
A design should create moment of delight for the people who come across it. Design can come in different forms for different people, this is where empathy comes in, but most likely it is a mix of form, function and value that creates often intangible emotional connection to it. For something to be “well designed” it could be simple, or it could be complex. It could be considered aesthetically pleasing, or it could be considered gaudy. Aesthetics and simplicity are not requirements for something to be considered a good design. The key requirement is that its function must be obvious. A person should be able to easily determine how to use and interact with it.
TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.
My communication skills and dealing with the clients' problems on time always gave me best results. A person should be able to easily determine how to use and interact with his/her clients. My hard work and effort has made me who I am today, along with the most important skill of following your passion and working hard to take it to the next level. One should always have fire inside them when it comes to imaginative and creative thinking skills and possess the ability to analyse and critically assess problems. A good designer should have the ability to see the big picture as well as be able to give attention to the smallest detail whatsoever. The ability to communicate effectively, understanding of the history, and cultural and environmental concerns plays an important role too.
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?
One should always be a good learner and should be ready to take challenges. Nothing is impossible. What I believe is, if you want to achieve something, you can. If you are honest and smart in handling your work, you can do wonders. Architects and designers deal with many critical issues in today's society. They push boundaries when it comes to living, investigating new technologies and materials, and ensure that what they build is environmentally sustainable. Importantly, they design not just for today, but for future generations. Practical and technical understanding of building materials, elements, structures, construction and services are very important aspects of any design. Coordination and interpersonal skills to manage a complex project requires a team of consultants, thus a designer should be a good team player.
MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.
I have worked on multiple projects which are different in their own ways. There are residential, hospitality and commercial projects. It is difficult to choose one among all and all are good in some way or the other. My own brand "Design & Build" has also done some well-known projects under my leadership.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?
Some of the people who I look up to is Sussanne Khan, Ashley Stark Kenner, Laura Hammett and Manjit Bhullar.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURAL/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?
We are, more than often, adopting foreign culture and design aesthetics but I really love our Indian architectural pieces like Harmandir Sahib- The golden Temple, Statue of Unity, Goan houses, Taj Mahal, Salaulim Dam Goa and Indian carvings on temples I also derive inspiration from Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro), Notre Dame - Paris, Buckingham Palace London, Pantheon Rome.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.
Well, the quote by Farrah Gray - “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” This quote is about your future, and what your plans for it might be. If you have no specific plan, or you are not working on your dreams, what will you be doing? Hence you should always have a dream.
Why is having a dream important?
Dreams are what give us the drive to get things done. A dream is what gets us off the couch and makes us work towards something we might not otherwise want to do. For some people, work is what they do to earn the money to chase their dreams. Or, perhaps, they’re using it to hire others to build their dreams for them. We don’t always have the awareness to realize our dreams. Most of us don’t know to fly a plane, but we go on vacations. We pay someone else to do that for us. For pilots, it's a job, but most of them are there because they love to fly. They get paid to do their job, but their job is also part of their dream. In this way, they get to build their dream, while being paid to do what they love. Would not that be great?
Where can I apply this in my life?
Well, if you’re a pilot, you’re probably already living the dream. The rest of us will have to work a little harder to make it work. What is your ultimate dream? I’d prefer an active dream, not just sitting on a beach somewhere. That gets old after a few years. What then?
The first step in this process would be to recognize how many dreams we actually have. Think of all the things you really love to do, or would love to learn to do. Consider all the different times in your life when you have dreams or aspirations. What is your dream job? What kind of people are your dream friends? What social groups would you join, if you had the choice? Take a few moments and think about what you are interested in doing, where you want to go, and the people with whom you’d like to do these things. If you don’t believe you can do it, or won’t do the work necessary to make the dream come true, put a single line through it. Who knows, you may change your mind later on and come back to wanting it. You never know what will happen, what doors might open, or how your tastes might change!