Architect Rajesh Patel Consultants

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Architect: Rajesh Patel

It was a pleasure meeting Ar. Rajesh Patel. A person with a humor to impress any, his projects show his simple and elegant style. A Bachelors in Architecture from M.S. University of Baroda, he likes painting, travelling and visiting art gallery and photograph art shows. Read on to know more about his style and what drives him through.

When did you first start your practice and what kind of projects have you been doing?
I started in the year 1979, and my practice covers Architectural and Interior Consultancy. My projects include corporate institutional, luxurious villa and apartments.

Tell us something about your approach to your projects and your style
I prefer minimalistic yet functional approach for my projects which are relevant to the clients and are colorful. I want them to be timeless and have an aura to be recognized in generations that’s why I love to give an artistic touch to the buildings I do.

Which kind of projects do you enjoy the most?
Any Project where I have Freehand in Designing and approach to do the building architecture.

Tell us something about your most favorite project!
'Turiyananda' at Panchgani because of the fact that it came out the way I imagined and wanted it to be.

What inspires you and your works?
The Art and Craft tradition of India. It’s one of the eminent and evergreen ones to inspire any.
 
Do you feel architects and designers should be concerned about environmental sustainability?
Yes, in some way we already are practicing it in India. It’s just that we need to implement these thoughts in a wider way.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?
At SP Jain Center for global Management at Singapore Campus, it was very challenging to design on the same foot print (plan) different sizes and configuration of spaces such as reception, faculty rooms, and offices on ground floor, class rooms and recreation room on first and second floor. Also hostel rooms for boys and girls on upper three floors. 
Another major challenge was designing 55 feet long sliding partition on terrace without top and bottom rail!!!! It was exciting to accomplish nearly impossible.

What challenges do you continue to face and what is your strategy to tackle them?
Once we understand the project requirements, we need to look into functional flow of the spaces and new materials and methodology. We are prepared to face new challenges. However, our biggest challenge is to respect aspirations of the client vis-a-vis social responsibilities as a designer.

What drives you?
It’s passion for creating new design and trying new visual language as every building speaks about the personality of the person living in.

Any words of wisdom for youngsters starting out today!
Create new designs but learn to resolve them with details. For this one has to work for two to three years before venturing into professional practice.

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