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 & Mumbai. I moved to Mumbai five years back and have been leading Ong & Ong’s India forays since then.
Any new challenges for urban planners? Can congested cities cope with people and business?
Urban Planning is important aspect of creating lifestyles. Urban planners chart direction and growth of cities and hence challenges are enormous. It is the ever-changing geo-political landscape of a country that plays an important role and is a major consideration for urban planners.
People and businesses are attracted by the way a city treats its residents and vice-versa. Eventually it is the people that make a city and create great environments. It is an enabler for people to live together.
What are the projects you had undertaken? How did the experience shape you?
Being a part of Ong&Ong, I have led various kinds of projects from mixed-use developments in Ho Chi Minh City to Residential Developments in Singapore and India. Together with our Singapore design team, I am also leading our Lifestyle Interior Design work in India with a few Hotels and High-End Residences.
More than the projects, it is the various cities that I work in and its people and culture that influence me and my work.
“Vaastu has played an important role in India for all my projects so far. The awareness is increasing every day not just among Architects but also among people. It is something that the people do not mind incorporating for the sake of peace of mind.”
What are the most interesting projects of your career?
I have done many over the years. To name a few, I was part of the design team on mixed-use residential and retail projects in Vietnam and Doha. All the projects that I was involved in Singapore were interesting because they were challenging and each project was different from the other. I am currently working on a couple of good projects in India as well.
How did you come to know Dr Ravi Rao and what made you think that Vaastu is a key aspect for architects/interior designers/urban planners?
I met Dr. Rao while working on a residential project. The client introduced me to him. He wanted a harmony between his needs, the design as well as the Vaastu considerations. From whatever little I know of Vaastu, it being the science of Architecture, I think Vaastu and good design can go hand in hand. I think Vaastu can compliment good architecture and enable designer to create harmonious living condition.
What role has Vaastu played for you and has Vaastu awareness increased among architects?
Vaastu has played an important role in India for all my projects so far. The awareness is increasing every day not just among Architects but also among people. It is something that the people do not mind incorporating for the sake of peace of mind. The challenge for architects is to incorporate Vaastu guidelines for that specific project within the design framework. While it has not played a significant role in my personal life, my work is connected to it on a daily basis.
Owing to the current urban challenges, do you think career as an architect in India is a safe choice?
Architecture in general according to me is one of the most important professions anybody can pursue. It is the responsibility of architects to create environments where human beings live, work and play.
We create these environments for many years to come and have to consider not just urban challenges, but the challenges posed by nature and also the ones from the ever evolving human behaviour and their vital link to environments.
It is probably the most satisfying profession where one can see their vision being physically created and displayed for the world to see for many years to come. So, more than a safe choice, I think it is a choice that comes with great responsibility and one should be absolutely sure before they take the decision to make it their career.