Rapid Fire Interview with Ar.Sackthi Muthu, President and Founder of Celebrate Architecture

Rapid Fire with Design Professionals Dated:  Oct. 1, 2015
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Architect Sackthi Muthu

Ar. Sackthi Muthu, with his young, dynamic and modern design capabilities is not only dedicated towards architecture, but also towards contribution to the architecture community- the 'Architects.' In that way, his 10 year field experience and numerous design awards motivated him to start 'Celebrate Architecture', an organization which encourages architects to stay alive and kicking through sports activities.

This Indian by origin, with a Bachelors in Architecture from Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai, went on to work with well-established firms such as Wong and Ouyang HK, Townland consultancy HK, Aedas Architects both India and HK. His work spreads over many countries such as India, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Oman. His goal is - 'To deliver the best of Architecture and Interior design standards to his projects and clients.'

Your first role model?

My Father.

Your first job?

Site Supervisor at Perfect Painting Works contracting Company - part time.

Your first boss?

Ar. Rahul Gore.

Your first project?

Office interiors.

Your first disappointment?

When my designed project was badly executed by a local project architect and contractor.

Your biggest achievement?

HSMC (Hang Seng Management College) Sports Hall and Hostel building at ShaTin, HK.

Your biggest failure?

Still haven’t come across any big failures.

The most challenging Project?

United Christian Hospital 2M SQM, to design new buildings along with extension of existing buildings.

Your Favorite Project?

Sports Hall for HSMC.

A piece of advice to upcoming architects.

Buildings cannot be designed on A3 papers, magnify the scale and test every design with models. 

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

To be on the list of top 100 Architects in the world.

How would you describe yourself in one word?


What is the one thing that you would like to change about yourself?

My complexity in design process.

What is the one thing that you like about your field?

To see your own built projects.

What is the one thing that you hate about your field?

Restrictions on design, due to local and government regulations.

How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 as an architect? ( 10 being the highest )

9 (I will leave 1 point, as a room for improvement)

If given the chance, what is the one thing that you would like to change about architecture field in India?

Every Architect must submit their design fee bills to COA to ensure no architect quotes below the regulation fee to favor a project.

Architect you fascinate the most?

Santiago Calatrava & Frank O' Gehry.
Which is your favorite architectural structure in India?

Yet to discover one.

Tell us briefly about one iconic building in the world which can be truly termed as an 'architectural masterpiece'

Sagrada Familia By Antoni Gaudi.

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