AR­CHI­TECT SPEAK

Mas­ter­ing the world of ar­chi­tec­ture lit­er­ally takes time and pa­tience. Pre­sent­ing an elite group of young and en­er­getic ar­chi­tects who are al­ready es­tab­lished names to reckon with

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents - IM­PRES­SIONS: BENOY SE­BAS­TIAN

In con­ver­sa­tion with an elite group of young ar­chi­tects

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)

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