Architect’s Voice

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Published in: Oct 2017

AR. HEENA KOKEL Co-Founder, Director of Clay Club Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Tell us about your professional background and Clay Club. I completed my B.Arch. in 2012 from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. In 2006, while studying architecture at the CEPT University in Ahmedabad, our group began to brainstorm, collaborate on class projects, and explore various materials, soon named CLAY CLUB. It became a hub for hands-on work, rigorous discussions, design explorations and experiments with our ideas of doing. After graduating we set up our own design studio called CLAY CLUB Innovations to continue our explorations with an added challenge of engaging with clients, associate practitioners and the society at... Read More

Published in: Sep 2017

Mr. Pragnesh ParikhMD of Real Estate Construction Company What are the different kinds of projects you have undertaken? How has the experience shaped you? To start with, I was born in Gujarat and completed my graduation from Mumbai. I came back to Ahmedabad and did my management in planning and forecasting. Following my post-graduation, I started working with a pharma company in sales department, then as a medical representative and later got promoted as All India Project Manager and held this position for seven years or so. However, destiny had different plans for me so I changed my profession and became a scrap dealer for the next 2 years. Simultaneously, I started making industry printing... Read More

Published in: Aug 2017

MR. HIREN GANDHIFounder of Hiren A. Gandhi & Associates Please tell us about your professional experience. I have worked with different clients both in the private as well as public sector. It has been a varied experience because when you work for public sector, you don't know who your end client is. There is a hierarchy of people working for public sector so the expectations are different at all levels. Hence, your work gets perceived differently by everyone involved in the project. It's a very challenging for an architect to do something for the public sector; whereas when you work for private sector, you can come in direct contact with the client. An architect has to really understand... Read More

Published in: Jul 2017

Mr. Abhijit PurohitEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - INDIA HEAD ARCHGROUP INTERNATIONAL Please tell us about your academic achievements and professional experience. After completing 12th standard in 1990, I applied for an Architecture course but couldnt secure admission due to low percentage in PCM. So, I enrolled myself in 3 years Govt. Diploma for Interior Design. As this was a part time course, I started working at a renowned furniture retail shop at Santacruz. This gave me an insight into the market and practical know-how. After securing first class in the final year, I applied for the architecture course again and secured my admission in Academy of Architecture in 1994. Throughout my five years of a... Read More

Published in: Jun 2017

MR. KUNAL SHAH - PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT AT KUNAL SHAH ARCHITECTS Mr. Shah talks about the Govt. policies, urbanization, smart cities, Vaastu and how all of them combined, have made an impact on our architecture. Could you please tell us about your academic achievements and professional background? I completed my Bachelors in Architecture from M.S. University in 2001. I had my goals clear from the very beginning. I wanted to develop my skills as a commercial architect so I didnt want to enrol myself in a master degree course. However, I wanted to start practicing commercial architecture. After graduation, I worked with renowned architects based in Ahmedabad for the next 4 years who were already ... Read More

Published in: May 2017

Mr. VIVEK MISTRY Architect at Studio 04 Architects, Ahmedabad Please tell us about your academic achievements and professional experience. I completed my B. Arch from CEPT University in 2011. During my academics, I completed office training from Charles Correa Associates, Mumbai and opted for exchange program from ETHZ, Zurich. I consider learning through Professional Practice versus learning through academic curriculum, two sides of the same coin. Both teach architecture and its real-life implications, but in different ways. When did you first start practice and what kind of projects have you been doing? In 2011 before completing graduation, we setup a small office in Ahmadabad along with m... Read More

Published in: Apr 2017

Mr. Pranay Pratap Singh DIRECTOR AT ONG&ONG PVT. LTD (INDIA) How was your academic and professional experience Apart from being an architect, I am a qualified journalist and have also been involved in the entertainment industry which includes working with a production house for movies and television shows. During my early days, I worked with Architect Arun kumar and Architect Ranjit Sabikhi in Lucknow and Delhi respectively. Subsequently, I moved to Singapore where I worked with Ong & Ong Pte Ltd for 5 years where I worked on large scale residential projects, mixed-use developments office buildings and shopping malls. These projects were located in Singapore, Vietnam, Dubai & Mum... Read More

Published in: Mar 2017

Mr. Amit Gajjar FOUNDER & CEO OF AGDC GROUP Can you tell us about your academic background and professional experience? Architectural projects undertaken so far? I did Interior Design course from CEPT and Hon. Doctorate in Business Management from Sri Lanka. Architectural Projects came from many sectors like Corporate, Educational Institutions. I have also designed farm houses. Owing to the current challenges, is career as an architect a safe choice? If we talk about landscape architecture, I would say there are 2 types of landscaping architecture and both are tough as the competition is fierce. However, internal architects with specialization in hotels, hospitals, public premise designi... Read More

Published in: Feb 2017

Mr. Anup Singh Please tell us about your professional achievements and experience. After graduating from college, I joined Hafeez contractor. I worked as a trainee initially for about 8 months and then, I rejoined their office after completing my thesis. I continued with them for the next 4 and a half years and worked with them on a lot of projects that included residential buildings, commercial buildings, townships, high rise, and one of my favorites THE D.Y. Patil stadium. That stadium ranks among the six best cricket stadiums in the world and for the past decade I am with Adani realty and have been working on their residential, commercial buildings and Townships. What are the special char... Read More

Published in: Jan 2017

Mrs. Chitra Satish Principal Architect at Archids, Bangalore Could you please tell us about your professional background and academic achievements? I finished my Bachelors in Architecture from B.M.S. college of engineering, Bangalore in 1990. Academically, I was a state rank holder in public examination at school level, stood third in collegeand first in landscape architecture at university level. I started gaining experience by taking up part time assignments while I was in college. Probably, this helped me boost my confidence and also gain an edge over others. Why the name Archids and what ignited you to start your own practice? Well, there is a story behind it. My first job beforecompleti... Read More

Published in: Dec 2016

Mr. Vatsal Shah Tell us about your academic achievements. I have done my Bachelor's in Architecture from School of Architecture, C.E.P.T. (Center for Environment Planning and Technology), Ahmedabad. It was called Diploma in Architecture at that time. I have received a Gold Medal from the School of Architecture, for the best graduating thesis, in final year. As part of our under-graduate course, we were supposed to do a dissertation/ thesis on some architectural topic. My thesis scored the highest amongst all thesis submitted that year. I received another Gold Medal too from GICEA (Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects) for the best graduating student of that year, in 1999. I ha... Read More

Published in: Sep 2016

Ar Atish Patel , Ar Raman Aras , Ar Arpana Joshi Mr. Atish Patels core skills are his ability to understand town centres and to provide innovative urban design solutions that fulfil client requirements. Mr.Patel is a graduate in Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design, India in 2002. He worked as a freelance architect on many residential projects before he discovered his passion for urban design. He then went to the United Kingdom to pursue his Masters in Urban Design at the University of Greenwich. Mr.Patel firmly believes that unlike in earlier times, Vaastu awareness is increasing by leaps and bounds among all age groups. Principal Designer at ARA Associates Mr. Atish Pate... Read More

Published in: Jul 2014

The Vaastuyogam team met brothers Bhanubhai and Nitesh Shah at their Navrangpura office. Excerpts from the interview:- (Bhanubhai )We are three brothers. Myself, Bhanubhai Shah, K J Shah, my elder brother, who is a civil engineer and was working in AUDA but has since retired. Nitesh my younger brother who is a building designer and has to his credit over 500 small and big projects. We were born and brought up in Ahmedabad. Our father had no background of the construction industry; he was a manager in an insurance company. Business was as usual, with its difficulties until 1995 when the Ahmedabad realty market was severely affected and made a dent in the fortunes of most - if not all- in the b... Read More

Published in: Jun 2014

This month Vaastuyogam team met Mrs. Heena Shah practicing Interior Designer of Ahmedabad at her residence.Born and brought up in Mumbai Mrs. Heena Shah studied Interior Design at Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat. Shedoes not have a family background of either interior design or architecture. Read More

Published in: May 2014

This month we revisit architect Anoop Rao. Readers will recall, we had met him in the Vaastuyogam issue of February 2011. Anoop Raos family hails from Mangalore, a coastal area of Karnataka but they have settled in Ahmedabad for over three generations. His grandparents moved to Ahmedabad lock, stock and barrel, several decades ago. After completing his schooling from St. Xaveirs Loyala in Ahmedabad Anoop took up architecture at CEPT- School of Architecture in 1979. Anoop Rao began his career with interior design jobs and have stayed with interiors because he finds it creatively satisfying. He says , Perhaps, because I have been labelled as an interior designer from day one of my career, I hav... Read More

Published in: Apr 2014

This month the Vaastuyogam team met architect Aakash Goplani, a self-confessed fan of Vaastu, in his Ahmedabd office Space 9. Has been practicing both architecture and interiors since the past 14 years , ever since he passed out of his architecture studies from Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat in the year 2000. Excerpts from the interview:- I believe there is too much of a hullabaloo about architectural certification and from where one has received it. It is not as if you are a good architect only if you have done your architectural course from some fancy university; architecture is not about what has been taught; it is about what has been learnt. It is not about conceptualizing fabulous design; ... Read More

Published in: Mar 2014

This month we continue our conversation with Architect Bhaskar Nirula of Placekinesis Associates, Ahmedabad. Readers will recall that we spoke to him last month in the context of the Satellite Police station that he designed. Excerpts from the interview: According to me Vaastu is a body of text written to make life simpler for people building palaces, temples and towns. It also doubled as a do-it-yourself manual for the uninitiated who were planning to construct dwellings for themselves. Read More

Published in: Feb 2014

Urban is all about accessibility. Urban is all about connecting people & activities. Briefly, that is the core of the proposition; as water is for life, transport Is for cities. Without transport, cities cannot exist. They came into existence because there was transportation. Transport is life of urban. Read More

Published in: Jan 2014

Urban Planing has not worked for the poor in India Part-2 This is the second and concluding portion of the 2-installment interview with Prof. Utpal Sharma of CEPT. The first installment was published last month. Not Small but Big is beautiful As job opportunities are available only in large cities, there is going to be migration form the rural areas to the big cities, we have to have large cities. Whether you like it or not, we cannot say any more that small is beautiful. That is all old-times talk. We have to learn to create and manage large cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai etc. Read More

Published in: Dec 2013

This month the Vaastuyogam team met Mr Utpal Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Planning & Public Policy, CEPT in his office at CEPT, Ahmedabad. Excerpts from the interview:- Introduction The whole planning process is about scales; from the scale of a house to the scale of a cluster or neighborhood, to the scale of a small town and then to the scale of a metropolitan city. Read More