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An architect and urban designer by profession; a dreamer, and traveler at heart and most importantly a mother; a role that has transformed my perspective towards life and my work. Having experienced living in the culturally rich & diverse cities of Delhi & New York, a lot of my work is influenced by my learning and understanding of the cities. Towns and people have always fascinated me.
So, who do you think is an architect?
An architect interestingly is a jack of all, master of none! An amalgamation of an artist, an engineer, visionary and many more aspects that help to define a space or an experience. An architect is like an artist who can visualise and envision an idea and then put it down on paper and build it forward like an engineer.
Do you still draw?
Yes. I mostly like to sketch over the designs we produce until we get satisfactory results. Although holding a pencil and a set of colours has become less frequent in the age of design software, the natural first instinct for me has always been to put my ideas on a sheet of paper.
A single statement that can describe your design philosophy?
Experiential, ergonomic and aesthetic.
What have been the key drivers behind your success within such a short span of time? What did you do differently?
Honestly, I feel there is still a long way to go before I can define myself to be successful. But indeed keeping an open mind, taking humble yet bold decisions and assimilation of the guidance of my seniors and peers plus my instincts have paved my way forward.
What’s next for you?
I envision myself playing a pivotal role in redefining Indian cities and creating spaces which people take in.
Who are your mentors?
Owing a lot to my parents and my seniors. I have always learned to yearn to be a bigger and a better person that helps to analyse my capabilities time and again. My father has been my guiding light throughout my architectural journey.
MITU MATHUR (GPM - Architects & Planners)