A well-planned and functional design will in itself create uniqueness / newness and do justice to the site says Ar. Prashant Paradava, Founder – Principal Architect, PDC Architects in an exclusive interview with sawdust.
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You have done your Masters from CEPT. You want to share your experiences in CEPT?
CEPT has played the most vital role in my journey of architecture. The explicit knowledge and experience I have learnt under India’s most renowned Architects (CEPT faculty) has shaped my design philosophy and broadened my perspective towards this profession.
How do you incorporate sustainable practices into your projects?
Unfortunately, with the clientele we share, and as per Indian real estate demands, we haven’t been incorporating major sustainable practices in our projects. We do time to time try different sustainable materials and technologies in our projects, but not as much as the environment demands.
Bringing newness/uniqueness in every project is a difficult proposition. How do you tackle this?
Every project or site has its own design demands. A well-planned and functional design will in itself create uniqueness / newness and do justice to the site.
If you have to list three best projects executed by you, which ones will come to your mind first and why?
Pramukh Greens, Pramukh Aranya, etc
Do you think foreign architecture firms entering India pose any threats to local architecture firms?
Genuinely no! The global architecture influence, demands latest technologies and strategies. The Indian standards of labour and construction technologies is progressing because of this and in return also benefitting us. Now the presence of foreign architecture also competing in India brings out the best in all of us in the race to be the best.
Is getting quality manpower a problem for you?
Yes. Architecture earlier was education based on passion. Now with the number of architecture colleges opening overnight, one can easily say it’s just an educational system gimmick.
How do you keep up-to-date about latest trends and technology?
In recent times, everyone is well travelled and well aware of global architecture designs. Based on this, the demands have surely changed and are more advanced in terms of design strategies and concepts. One has to be in touch with architecture nationally and internationally through the most valuable asset – “The internet”. Sites like arch daily and pinterest acts as sources of design inspirations.
How do you visualize architecture as a profession progressing in our country – especially keeping in view demographic transition, rapid growth in income level and government policies like building smart cities and housing for all?
Like I mentioned before, Architecture is at its peak. The latest demands of building smart cities and houses brings out a new challenge for all in this profession and finally brings a revolutionary change in our design thoughts and philosophy.
‘Ultimately architecture is cultural and social – it is shelter at its most basic human level, and within the spirit of that notion, it is a deeply humanistic endeavor.