Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in developing unique design concepts with structural and material optimisation. Strong professional with a Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design focused in Architecture from Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) Frankfurt.
Nischal Abhaykumar ("NA") interviewed on Wednesday, 1 May.
NA : My association with the design world started way back in 1999 when I entered the Architecture school and since then there has been no looking back. I have been privileged to study in design schools of high rankings and learn from the most prominent designers in the industry. Ben Van Berkle (UNStudio) was the dean at SAC. His design ideologies to some extent continue to influence me even today.
NA : I consider design abilities to be my super power. We as designers have the ability to influence the way people live their lives. We also have the ability to make dreams come alive.
NA : I find myself very comfortable in spaces which stimulate senses of see, touch, feel and smell. These senses are pretty much the basics of human behaviour. I try to bring some of these qualities to the spaces we design.
NA : Each scenario is different, unique to location and end user – it is almost like problem solving. It is important to bring timeless quality to design relevant to changing lifestyles – one that lives and ages well.
NA : I am a keen observer and a good listener.
NA : My design approach is very context driven. I want to be able to look at design beyond the confines of culture, location and prevalent acceptable norms and be able to freely explore and contribute. My wish is to work on projects in different parts of the world and design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion someday.
NA : The biggest learning over the years has been to accept the limitations of the chaotic construction industry and adapt them to design solutions. We tweak the design based on the capabilities of the executing team to achieve a good outcome. A good design falls flat if its not executed properly.
NA : Sincerity and hard work go a long way.
NA : I don’t have a very exciting routine as such. First thing I do when I walk into the office is nurse the plants. We are a small team of 8 designers, so sitting with them and charting out the work schedule, site work progress, issues to be resolved, etc. drives a regular work day.
NA : Design blogs are good for news and awareness of whats going on in the design world. I don’t really believe in design trends.
NA : The CMRU Admin and Academic block has been most fun to work on. Its also because I am drawn to steel constructions more as they are very precise with minimum room for error and its fast. We finished that building in 5 months.
NA : Award meets are very motivating. They help you meet like-minded people, talk about your work and experiences and learn from theirs.Nischal Abhaykumar Profile
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