The Celebrated Architect and Designer Pinky Pandit

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Architect & Interior Designer: Pinky Pandit

I caught up recently with the celebrated architect - interior designer Ms. Pinky Pandit and have to admit that I am completely floored by her simplicity and by her humble responses to my questions. The talented and vivacious Ms. Pandit designs mostly high end farm houses and villas, each of which is an awe inspiring work. She is one of the leading architects and interior designers in hospitality and luxury residences in the country. Right from the beginning of her career, she has been known for her exceptional design skills and an eye for the minutest of details. Widely regarded as one of the leading architects and interior designers in the hospitality and luxury residences in the country, read on to know what this diva has to say about her style and approach to design.

When did you first start your practice and what kind of projects have you been doing?
I graduated from IED School of Architecture, Vadodara.  In April 1999, I with Mr Rasik Bahl, one of India’s leading architects launched an architecture and interior design firm, “The Guild of Architects”.  The Guild of Architects was formed with the primary objective to create value, excellent detailed designs, on time and within budget delivery of projects.  Since then, there has been no looking back for. 

What defines your style?
It is always a difficult proposition to write about the process that goes on in making of one’s own Architecture. The process of design is fluid and always evolving. We do not believe in getting into a style. The design has to strive for tranquillity, calmness, enhancement by space, light and structural order.

Which kind of projects do you enjoy the most?
Focus is mainly designing a series of highly refined houses. In addition to doing residence we have also created

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spaces, apartment buildings and hotels.

Tell us something about your most favourite project.
All are favourites.

Who/what inspires you and your works?
I am a great admirer of Frank Llyod Wright, Carlo Scarpa, and I.M. Pei.

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

What has been your biggest challenge so far?
It is always challenging to put all together, as the “new client” is increasingly well travelled, so there is this, constant active involvement, which at times slows the process down, but at times enhances it. Process has to be, constantly evolving and sometimes the design approach is to carve out spaces in between chaos, which I find very challenging.

What challenges do you continue to face and what is your strategy to tackle them?
Find inspiration in ordinary things, everyday events and interactions and observations.

What drives you?
It is my constant endeavour to challenge myself.

How would you like your work to be recognized?
The biggest recognition for me is when my clients enjoy what we have helped create and come back to me again and again…

Any words of wisdom for youngsters starting out today?
My message to the young is that creativity has no medium and boundaries, creativity is

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expression to the spirit you have observed in the form of building, interior spaces or anything that one pursues. 

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