“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.”– Daniel Libeskind
Believing in creating new perceptions of space holistically by integrating context and sustainability within our design solutions, Ar. Sanjay Puri is currently one of the most renowned architects of our country. He is the Principal Architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, India and has been a speaker and a judge at numerous international architecture events including the Leading European Architects Forum, The World Architecture Festival & The Perspective PLAN events held in London, Amsterdam, Bologna, Milan, Venice, Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin & Belgrade.
We, here at the News and Publication Society were privileged to interact with Ar. Sanjay Puri as he shared his views on the new generation architecture during his visit to BIT Mesra, Ranchi. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Q1: What do you think is needed of the architects right now and how can they accommodate their thought process with it?
A1: So, what is needed from architects in India today, more than anything else, is being contextual to India and creating something that is for India. Because, more than 90% of the work being done, most likely could be anywhere in the world, and that is what’s happening. And with India growing so fast, the number of buildings we’re going to see in the next two decades will be more than two times what we saw in the last two. That’s the amount of building that is going to happen. And so if everybody is going for copies or going for generic building, which is happening all over the world then India will lose its whole identity.
Q2: Which architects have inspired you?
A2: So many. A few names would be Frankel Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Hofen Eblau, Nizam Habib. But there are so many architects. Some architects have inspired me by one project, some architects by two-three projects.
Q3: Any architects specifically from Indian to have inspired you?
A3: Charles Correa.
Q4: What do you think will be the role of architects in shaping the future?
A4: Architects have a very serious role in shaping the future because the carbon footprint that is being created in the world, is mostly being done by buildings. So, the architects designing the building can control this to an extent because finally, you have clients that may or may not listen to you, but it is your job to at least try so that we move towards creating a lesser carbon footprint by using eco-friendly materials, lesser cutting, lesser filling, more greenery and various other factors. Basically making a building essentially more sustainable.
Q5: Sir, any message that you would like to give to the students?
A5: Students, my message is that please go and experience buildings as many as you can, wherever they are, because there is nothing like the real experience. And there is nothing like real experience even in terms of work. So, work as much as you can. Do not wait for an internship period which will be mandatory in the fourth year. Work from the first year. Work experience and experiencing actual building, actual construction, actual carpentry is very necessary. Try it yourself, only then you will be able to understand.
Picture Credits: Students’ Society of Architecture, BIT Mesra