Sharad Kembhavi

Interviews with Thought Leaders Dated:  June 17, 2014
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Architect: Sharad Kembhavi

We are more than overwhelmed to share with you  a quick Interview with the founder of the Kemhavi Architects Foundation, Ar Sharad Kembhavi who has provided consulting services to over 1000 clients and has won numerous commissions across various spheres of the construction industry, including malls, hotels, corporate offices, transport terminals, health care facilities, cultural centers, townships and private residences. He, being one of the pioneer of the Green Building Revolution has created 'the Police Bhavan in Gulbarga' which is one of the first gold-rated green buildings in the country and also Rmakrishna Vivekanada Ashram which speaks for the serenity and cultural ethos imbibed in it.. Besides that there are many awards to his credit which surely tell us his tale of being one of the eminent architects working constantly for sustainable architecture.

Some Personal Information that you would like to share?
After completing my bachelor in Architecture from Sir JJ College of  Architecture in Mumbai. I worked with chartered Architect Mr.DN Bavale on, several projects including theatres, shopping complexes, hotels etc. With deep desire to acquire further skills led me to the United Kingdom to specialize in   Interior Design and also worked as an associate in one of the UK’s biggest firms William Olds. Here as a design team leader I was responsible for winning two major projects- The Bee Hive Chain of Hotels and Casa Mila Housing.

When did you first start your practice and what kind of projects have you been doing?
Having started up Kembhavi Architecture Foundation in 1972 with equipped offices in Hubli & Bangalore and a dedicated team, the firm has provided consultancy to 1000 clients and has won numerous commissions across various spheres of construction industry including malls, hotels, corporate offices, transport terminals, health care facilities, cultural centers

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and private residences.

Tell us something about your approach to your projects?
We try our best to understand what the client wants, what his aspirations are and then we synthesize this with our logic and understanding of our projects. We consider our client’s to be valued partners in breathing life into projects. We keep the client’s interests as the primary element of our project. Every client gains utmost value by virtue of their open-door policy, and a firm stress on responsive service, quality and timely delivery.

What defines your style?
Style is dynamic and is an ever changing element. Trying to create a timeless space would be our style.

 Which kind of projects do you enjoy the most?
We love doing projects on challenging topography irrespective of the project type.

Tell us something about your most favorite project?
The naturopathy project at Gadag is one of my favorites. It juxtaposes the sustainability elements with traditional aesthetics.

Who/what inspires you and your works?
Architecture is an ever learning/ unlearning process. From every project we learn something new, be its needs, aesthetics, functionality etc.This learning is our true inspiration towards work.

Do you feel architects and designers should be concerned about environmental sustainability?
Yes of course! It

be an integral part of architecture for sure.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Every project comes up with a challenge every now and then. Very hard to say which is the biggest of them all. But I must say convincing people in early 70’s about the need of architecture was a big challenge.

What challenges do you continue to face and what is your strategy to tackle them?
We face several challenges like budget, sustainability issues, aesthetics etc. Brainstorming and analysis have been two of my pillars to meet the challenge.

What drives you?
The need for learning more is my driving force.

Your personal favorites when you sit for sketching designs!!
Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp by Le Corbusier

Any words of wisdom for youngsters starting out today?
Architecture is a science. It is very important to understand various aspects of architecture like form, function, building services, structure and constructability. Youngsters should try & get a complete control over these aspects.

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