Smruti Kamat and Lester Rozario of Kamat and Rozario Architecture

Young Turks Dated:  June 23, 2014
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Architects Smruti Kamat and Lester Rozario

It was my pleasure to interview the young and dynamic architects from Bangalore, Ms. Smruti Kamat and Mr. Lester Rozario from Kamat & Rozario Architecture. Winner of The Young designers Awards and IIID Anchor Awards, the duo keep simple and humble. Moreover, their work reflects their personality by consistently amazing us with the understated luxury and elegance in them, be it the White Canvas or the Sharma House which have won them many accolades. Sharing here with you all!

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Smruti Kamat: I graduated from the Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture, Mumbai followed by a Masters in Architecture form Virginia Tech, USA. Then I began my professional career with Kamu Iyer of Architects’ Combine, Mumbai and then with Calvert Wright Architecture PC, New York before meeting Lester Rozario at Mathew & Ghosh Architects and setting up Kamat & Rozario Architecture.
Lester Rozario: I graduated as a gold medalist from MSRIT Bangalore. He began his professional career with Ulhas Rane and then with Mathew & Ghosh Architects.

When did you first start your practice and what kind of projects have you been doing?

We started our practise in 2007. We thrive on variety, and have been lucky to have a full platter of mixed projects, that keeps us on our mental toes!

Tell us something about your approach to your projects.

We strongly believe in the importance of concept and an investigative process of design. 
The interpretation of the client's brief is always an effective basic building block to fulfill the client's needs - many of which are intangible. To us, it always evolves into a study of the relation of individual buildings to the environment in comprehensive terms, with particular emphasis on the complexity that exists at the urban scale.  

What defines your style?

We react instinctively to a design problem. I don't believe we have a style.

Which kind of projects do you enjoy the most?

Every project and every client is different. Projects are as much about the people that inhabit them as they are about the program and the site.  Different things can bring joy to working on a project. Something as simple as a quirk in the client's personality can spark off the conceptualization for the project.  

Tell us something about your most favorite project!!

Different projects have different architectural moments that we are proud of.

Who/what inspires you and your works?

Inspiration comes from almost anything and everything - from the design of a hairpin to that of a bridge. It also comes from seeing different places, their cultures & their ways of life.

Do you feel architects and designers should be concerned about environmental sustainability?

Most definitely! Our work is what we leave behind on this planet. 

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Many people blindly look to the west for what is considered to be good design. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to convince clients to use locally available natural materials. 

Any words of wisdom for startups...

ALWAYS follow your instinct.

 

 

 

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