“Read, travel, observe and absorb”
Anjali Rawat Architects is new on the entrepreneurial front and has already carved a niche of its own. How has the journey been over this period of 5 years?
Started with small design assignments and a team of two , we grew in terms of scale of the project and team size. Our growth has been natural and organic.
We believe in making ourselves better with each task we handle. Being consistent and focused helped us positioning ourselves in the competitive industry .
How would you define your design style? What is the underlying philosophy that you follow while designing for clients?
We are versatile and process driven. We like clean and uncluttered spaces with innovative detailing. Integrating site constraints, client requirements and technology with our design fundamentals leads to a timeless design.
Tell us the process as to how every project is handled right from planning to execution.
Our methodology is to place correct layout with circulation, functions and carefully analyze day lighting, climate and immediate context. Further we develop sketches and 3d visuals along with 2d drawings and the process is completed by marking and thorough cross checking while execution. The Principal Architect personally participates in each and every material selection.
Which has been your most memorable/challenging project and why?
G1 villa was our most challenging project. We had to redo the whole structure in a given time frame keeping time and budget in mind. We experimented a lot from unusual material palette to exotic landscape. The honed black granite flooring, eclectic bar area with exposed brick wall and the rustic theme got a lot of appreciation. The space styling and utilization was maximum. Though we had constraints, we got to explore in terms of design and this opportunity is what an architect desires for. Surely all the elements came together and the project got recognized by leading magazines.
What are the challenges one faces as an architect in the initial stages of their career?
Initially, I struggled to build a good team. Our criteria was to mould each individual into the team, to inculcate the work ethics as we have certain work standards and expect our teams to reach to that level of perfection.
As a start up, another challenging thing is getting your finances in order, which is again very important aspect of entrepreneurship.
What is your opinion about architectural education in India and what changes it should bring in?
There should be more practical side to the education system. Actual site visits and workshops are more useful. Teaching method needs to be more interactive than lecture oriented.
Which technical and other skills should aspiring architects be equipped with?
I think Architects need to be conceptually strong and constantly updated with the trends and technology. We should never stop learning and observing.
What advice would you want to give to the aspiring architects?
Common sense, context, nature and people should be considered while designing. I advise them to read , travel, observe and absorb .