How did you come up with the name of your studio?
As a studio, we realized that we will be building and improving the urban fabric for most of our professional life, hence the name Urbanscape.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
My early interest in drawings, forms and shapes was something I could apprehend, and that led me to choose mechanical drawing. Life took its first turn for me in 1994 when I joined the Institute of Environmental Design at Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujrat. My forte was my strong sense of visualization. It fascinated me that I could actually ‘walk’ through a building by merely looking at a sketch. By then I understood that architecture and design was what I wanted to pursue till the end of my life.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
Some of my early works include a small residence in the outskirts of Delhi, an ashram for Samta Yog and a factory for a crossing manufacturing unit for railways. I was always more interested in working on different types of projects, as they challenged the designer in me.
What field of design are you most interested in?
Architecture and interiors of an institution has not only interested me, but also brought me personal satisfaction as it gives us a different canvas to play and experiment with. However, any type of work that gives us an opportunity to make someone’s life better within the built environment is what matters the most.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
I am quite fond of reading books that are written by individual architects, as one can relate to their background and get insights into their journeys and why they do what they do.
What is your Signature Style?
Personally, I love to experiment with forms and facades in a way that the outcomes are sustainable, functional and aesthetic. The aim is to achieve calming, pragmatic and timeless spaces in every project.
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of architecture inspires you the most.
Before commencing any project, a conscious effort is made to be sensitive towards the site, the occupants, and the materiality; the consequence of which are efficient and effective designs. My inspiration comes with an unrelenting zeal to constantly take on new challenges so that each project is explored and executed differently.
The works of Ar. Achyut Kanvinde have always moved and inspired me. The complexity in the massing and the simplicity of the forms which when juxtaposed actually brought life to brick and mortar.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
I would say any good piece of architecture is either an exceptional artwork or an engineering marvel — the two things that excite me most about a building.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
Probably, a better world that does not harm Mother Earth.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Although most designers and architects believe in minimalism, not every project can be approached that way as there is an end user involved in the design process. By challenging our process and design intent for the betterment of the project, the finale should always give total satisfaction to the client.