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 designing are safe career choices. Those are new subjects nowadays and safe as well.
What are the different kinds of projects you have undertaken as an interior designer in your 30+ years of experience?
I undertook designing and turn-key projects of interior architecture to Government of Gujarat and corporate. For example, in Government sector: Corporations, Forensic Laboratories, Departments, etc. and in Corporate Sector: MNC offices, Call Centers, Branches, etc. Also did educational institutional projects.
What are the landscape services you offer?
We provide landscaping services to commercial and residential customers. Our team can design and plan new landscape, install landscaping, and lighting, and provide erosion and drainage solutions to protect property and buildings.
“Vaastu Shastra may not be essential for living but leads to a healthier life. Vaastu is a proven science which harmonizes forces of nature. As an ancient science, it has specific rules and directions as laid down rishis since Vedic times. For modern society, it offers comprehensive building philosophy.”
Dr. Ravi Rao is my friend. I have implemented Vaastu in many corporate and residential projects for many years thanks to him.
For modern architecture, how much role does Vaastu play in terms of concept, design, and implementation?
Vaastu Shastra may not be essential for living but leads to a healthier life. Vaastu is a proven science which harmonizes forces of nature. As an ancient science, it has specific rules and directions as laid down rishis since Vedic times. For modern society, it offers comprehensive building philosophy.
Humans are not separate from nature but connect to earth as a part of an interconnected web of life. The element of nature acts as a whole to create and maintain energy – the force of life itself. Energy efficient environment and a building in harmonic resonance increases health, wealth and spiritual well being.
Do you think that working with Vaastu consultants blocks the creativity of architects?
As per the Vedic Shastra, a lot of things are taken into consideration while designing a house. For instance, the direction of wind energy flowing which directly depends on the proper placement of windows in the house. The body postures and the comfort in all the rooms are also considered as per Vaastu. All of these factors are okay as they are necessary. However, at times, some Vaastu consultants have a disagreement with some colours used inside the house. So, that is one challenge which blocks creativity.
Would you recommend Vaastu for architecture students?
Vaastu to architecture students is important as it teaches importance of life itself. It paves way for happiness and prosperity to knock human’s doors.