Rapid Fire Interview with Architect & Urban Designer G. Karteek, Assistant Prof at SPA Vijayawada

Rapid Fire with Design Professionals Dated:  Oct. 13, 2015
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Architect & Urban Designer G. Karteek

G. Karteek is an Architect and Urban Designer, graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and presently working as an Assistant Professor in School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada since 2009. His experience has been with large MNC's including Reliance Industries and Sobha Developers and he has authored technical papers in the field of Architecture and Urban Design. He has also been nominated as a member of the Scientific Committee in International Workshop for Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design 2012 and is an active member of other workshops across the world.

Your first role model?

AR Rahman. I still can recollect the music of Roja when it got released in the year 1992, in my sixth class. That’s when I heard something creative and new. I still admire him as a creative person and a role model more than any Architect. 

Your first job?

I worked with the AP Tourism for a reconstructed model of a Buddhist site along two other friends Naveen and Kalyan, when I was in II year B.Arch and that was pretty exciting too.

Your first boss?

For a very short time during my B.Arch, I worked with Architect Srinivas Murthy who heads the firm SMG Design Inc. 

Your first project?

I always worked for others. First official project is yet to come.

Your first disappointment?

When I could not get an opportunity to work with Architect Sanjay Prakash during my training session.

Your biggest achievement?

Awaiting.

Your biggest failure?

Never come across.

The most challenging Project?

When I was working with Sobha Developers in Bangalore, we were asked to design a Multiplex. The challenge was to house the Mutliplex inside a giant Geodesic of about 38m height.

Your Favorite Project?

During the training period in Delhi, me and one of my very good friends Chaitanya were working on World Trade Centre Memorial competition after the regular training hours.

A piece of advice to upcoming architects. 

Have a little more patience.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I would like to get into full time architectural practice after 5 years hopefully. 

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Slow and steady.

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

My persistent attitude.

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

It is much more open-ended and seamless.

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

It pays off only after too much of hard work and that too only sometimes. 

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

I think people should tell our rating.

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

Most Engineers and builders claim to be Architects and Designers. We should change this.

Architect you fascinate the most?

Frank Lloyd Wright.

Which is your favorite architectural structure in India?

Kite Museum by Le Corbusier.

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

St.Peters Basilica, which I have personally seen, is a true masterpiece. One can appreciate its grandness and yet get amazed by the intricate sculptures and paintings inside.

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