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Archgyan Podcast

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Archgyan is a podcast that brings a selection of original interviews with architects, planners and designers from across India in the field of architecture.
By an architect, for architects in India, the podcast aims to serve as a well-stocked cellar of information for reference and inspiration that will help them stay informed, get creative new ideas and engage with the architecture community.
Tune in for a weekly dose of interesting information, innovation and original research that comments on modern architecture and focuses on creating sustainable architecture worldwide.
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23 Episodes
Tune in to this fascinating episode with a Digital Nomad Architect from Israel, Shelly Agam, as she shares her journey in Architecture and how she got into the fascinating world of being a Digital Nomad. For more, head to
In this episode, you will get to hear the story of Architect Chenthur Raaghav Naagendran from Coimbatore and how his passion for Research & Design propelled him to do great things in a short span of time.We discuss topics such as Robotic Fabrication, 3D Printing, Prototyping with Graphene Material, Virtual Reality, User Interface Interactions and a whole host of advanced Architecture topics. We also discuss the importance of doing Masters & Chenthur's journey in Architecture thus far.Find all the show notes & links such as Chenthur's TEDx speech & other interesting research topics on & on our Instagram (
In this episode, we go in-depth on the topic of Business of Architecture in India with a renowned Architect from Bangalore, Madhu Kuruvilla.Madhu has completed over 75 built projects in Bangalore and surrounding cities and has received various awards & accolades for his work. His projects range from residential, interiors, commercial, hospitality and retail.We discuss topics such as how do you start your firm, how much do you charge your clients, deciding a timeline for your project, time management, the importance of knowing Vastu and a whole lot more.You will get all the shownotes & links on How Madhu Kuruvilla got into Architecture?(3:40) Studying in SIT Tumkur(4:45) Joining Training with a renowned Architect in Bangalore, Architect Nikki Thomas.(5:55) Joining Kabir Hira Architects - a renowned Architecture firm in Bangalore. Handling your own projects and becoming a workaholic(8:15) Being the office boy! (10:15) Taking a two-month break from work and contemplating what to do next.(12:00) Working 12 hours a dayPart II(13:30) Business of Architecture How much do you charge a client?(15:30) What was the scope of work given to clients?(16:30) What was the type of projects that he started with?(17:20) How did you build your contacts?(18:30) How do you start off working as an Independent Architect? And working out of his garage.(20:00) When do you decide to hire people?(21:30) How do you decide a timeframe or timeline for a project?(22:40) Taking a retainer before you start the project.(23:50) Taking up Interior Design Projects as an Architect.(25:00) The importance of social media in running an Architecture firm.(30:50) The importance of knowing Vastu as an Architect in India.(34:00) Time management for Architects(38:00) Managing time with clients(41:00) Getting associated with builders as an Architect.(42:30) Preparing an estimate for your client(46:00) Registrations required to practice as an Architect in India.(49:00) Registering your Architecture firm or company.(50:00) Filing taxes as an Architect(51:00) Completing about 75 projects and his favourites.(55:30) Future plans for Madhu Kuruvilla Architects(59:00) Craze for biking and weekend bike rides
On the second part of this two part series with Senior Architect & BIM lead Saurabh Goenka, we go in-depth into the world of Building Information Modeling aka BIM. What is BIM? What does a BIM project entail? Detailing in BIM, Automation in BIM, how much does it cost to implement BIM, BIM in India and loads more. There is a lot of technical information in this episode for which we have written extensive shownotes, available on Information Modeling is definitely the future of the AEC industry and most Architects will have some sort of BIM implemented in their projects. It is paramount that you step into the world of BIM if you want to survive as an Architect in the 21st century. Do drop us your questions about BIM on our Instagram where we go by the handle name of 'Archgyan'
On this episode, Saurabh Goenka, a senior Architect & BIM Lead at S9 Architecture shares his journey in Architecture, right from his days studying in School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi, to the various learnings he has had as an Architect in India, to completing his Masters in Carnegie Melon and landing a highly coveted job in a reputable firm in New York called S9 Architecture.We also go in-depth on topics such as Building Information Modelling, Adaptive Reuse, the role of BIM in the construction industry, how BIM is the most efficient way to build and more.More on
On this episode, you will get to listen to the story behind this great travel initiative for Architects & Architecture students called 'Kaarwan.'Founded by a pool of graduates from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014, Kaarwan has grown to host more than 50+ trips across India and overseas, curated Architectural workshops and seminars, and are bringing techniques and skillsets remote to rural areas to the forefront of the larger society. On this episode, you will get to listen to how Kaarwan began, their first official megatrip, the various challenges they had to overcome, their visions & goals for Kaarwan, why Nagaland is not a dangerous place but a great destination to travel to, what they have in store for us in the future and lots lots more.They have an upcoming trip to Bhutan which you can sign up for by heading to kaarwan.comAnd you can reach out to them by following them on [Instagram]( the episode shownotes, head to
On this final part of the three-part series with Anuj Kale (Founder of Leewardists), we go in-depth on topics such as Architectural Education in India, the so-called 'Architectural Lobby', the importance of asking questions, how Anuj figured out ways to monetize Leewardists, the various courses & plans he has in store, some secrets, great pieces of advice, and knowledge drops like no other.If you missed out on the previous two episodes, head to & this episode's shownotes is available on
This is the second part of this three part series with Leewardist Founder Anuj Kale. In this episode, Anuj continues his journey as a Comic Writer and founder of Leewardists from how he found the inspiration to write his very first comic strips, how he overcame depression to continue this journey as a comic writer, valuable lessons he learned from his mentors notably Neelkanth Chhaya, and he tells us why we need to go all in on our passions and lots more.You will get all the shownotes & links on do check out Leewardists & their work on [Instagram]( or on their [website](
Today, I'm chatting with Anuj Kale, a renowned Architectural & Urban Design Comic Author from Nashik, Maharashtra. He is the founder of 'Leewardist' which is now an international comic brand and his work has been published widely in numerous magazines, websites & newspapers. He believes in the idea of simplifying Architecture & Urban Design through this visual storytelling medium called comics. In this episode, which is part 1 of a 3 part series, Anuj shares his journey in Architecture & his passion for comics, right from his time in Bachelors, to pursuing Urban Design in CEPT Ahmedabad, to quitting his high paying job at an MNC to pursue his passion, and inevitably starting this great brand called Leewardist.For more on Anuj's work, head to or his [IG page]( will get all the shownotes & links on you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other Architects, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on [iTunes]( (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!
Today I'm chatting with Sanjay Patil, a renowned Architect from Nashik Maharashtra. He heads a firm called Environ Planners which over the years has garnered various awards and accolades for their exemplary work in the field of Sustainable Architecture & Design. Some of his most notable projects are YCMOU Library, Bhujbal Knowledge city, Amity College of Architecture, Sandeep Foundation, and Pawa Farmhouse. In this episode, Sanjay shares his journey in Architecture right from studying in JJ School of Architecture in the 80s, to starting his own firm soon after graduation, the influence of nature on his design, his views on Architectural Education and the future of Architecture and great tips for young Architects at the tail end of the episode.For more on Sanjay's work, head to And for more on the episode, head to of his favorite books & inspirations mentioned in this show were [Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works]( , [Charles Correa: Buildings As Ideas: The Un-Built Work of Charles Correa]( & [Paths Uncharted: Balkrishna Doshi]( _[Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.]_ If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other Architects, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating [on iTunes]( (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!
On this episode, you will get to listen to the fascinating story of Naresh V Narasimhan, who is a the principal & CEO of Venkataramanan Associates . He shares his journey in Architecture from studying in Manipal in the 80s to joining his father in the VA group, his tryst with drafting and CAD, his views on smart cities, building information modelling and why giving back as an Architect is paramount in this day and age.A brief on Venkataramanan Associates: Venkataramanan Associates, founded in 1969, is one of the country’s leading architecture and urban design firms, based in Bengaluru and Pune. Over the forty-nine years since its founding, the firm has built a vast knowledge base in architectural design. VA has grown from a small office that gained reputation early on for its work in real estate and scientific institutions, to a 180-person firm currently servicing reputed clients from several of India’s largest corporates and Fortune 500 companies like GE, GM, Volkswagen, Bosch, Infosys, Wipro, Reliance, HPCL, Cummins and some of the biggest real estate conglomerates in the country like Prestige, Brigade, Puravankara etc. The firm now has a diverse portfolio spanning multiple sectors and geographies ranging from complex research and development facilities, manufacturing units and IT parks, to public institutions and real estate, creating some of the benchmarks for their typologies in India. The firm employs a highly eclectic work style of knowledge building in allied fields, a workforce with core strengths in varied sectors and extensive client research and fieldwork. Therein, its strengths lie in its ability to leverage the clients’ position with design knowledge. VA understands the transformative nature of architecture and all its work is based on this understanding. The firm’s award-winning projects have been widely published in India and are part of a rapidly growing portfolio of radical work.For more head to Shownotes Naresh’s introduction to Architecture“When the singularity comes, it’s all mathematics. All other forms of science converge to Maths. It’s all Maths in the end."* Natural affinity towards Architecture“Architecture is an unusual combination of lots of things. You have to be a jack of all trades, and master of some."* Studying in Manipal & the extraordinary Library* Getting into Product Design & Delhi“Architects think their job is to build buildings. Your job is to make a better place for society. You never have one client in Architecture, you also have the society as a hidden client."* Joining his dad in 1985* Initial years in Venkatraman Associates“Architecture is not a hobby, it’s not a profession, it’s just a calling"* Scaling up with Autocad in the 80s!! “I was probably the first guy in India to buy Autocad"* Release 10 of Autocad* The Embassy in Ali Askar Road“The software right now is ahead of the industry instead of the other way around"* How did VA group land the bigger projects?* Building the first software park in India - “Infosys"* “To see the trend before it happens."* "Your brand is your building"* Clients have the same issue as Architects “How to find you?"* "There are not many good architects in India. And by good, I don’t mean subjectively good. I mean objectively capable of building a good building"* “People coming out of colleges now, they need almost a year of unlearning before they’re any use to us"* Goals & Visions for the VA group* Sectors that VA group work on - Science & Technology, Real Estate, Industry, Hospitality, Pro-bono Urban Design Projects. * “Church street is the only street in Bangalore where you can walk from one end to the other with your head looking up"* "Every Architect should devote 5% of their revenue and try to do one project for the City every year."* “This city has give...
On this episode, you will get to listen to the story of a young and upcoming Entrepreneurial Architect from Mumbai, Varun Kapoor.From sleeping three hours a night during his college days to hustling his way through the initial years of work, Varun has come a long way in building a successful Architecture practice and making it work as an Architectural Entrepreneur. He shares his journey in Architecture, the challenges he has faced starting his firm, what it takes to be a young entrepreneur architect, his passion for bodybuilding and a lot more.You will get all the show notes and more on
On this episode, you will get to listen to the story of a young and upcoming Architectural Photographer from Mumbai Kunal Bhatia. His work has been published widely on various Architectural magazines and websites such as archdaily, designboom, dezeen, elle decor, architectural digest India and many more. He runs his own practice called Studio Kunal Bhatia which is an Architecture & Interior Photography practice based out of Mumbai.Kunal shares his journey in Architectural Photography from his transition as an Architect to an Architectural Photographer, his passion for shooting built spaces, the perks of being an Architectural Photographer, why Architectural & interior photography is a great career to be considered, the business side of running an Architectural Photography practice and much more.Do check out Kunal's work on Instagram by following studio.kunalbhatia and more on this episode will be available on
On the second part of this two-part series, Jaisim dwells more on the various award-winning projects he has designed and built, his philosophy in Architecture and how the Fountainhead has inspired the way he has designed, his take on the future of Architecture and a lot more invaluable information that he shares on this episode.This is a great source of inspiration for young Architecture students and Architects and for more on the episode, head to
On this episode, you will get to listen to the story of a renowned architect from Bangalore, Krishna Rao Jaisim. He takes on his journey in Architecture from studying in the School of Architecture Madras, getting inspired by the book Fountainhead, meeting other great architects like Buckminster Fuller to Otto Koenigsberg, and a lot more.It's a fun episode and I personally had a lot of fun interviewing him. This is a two-part series and the second part will be available in a few days where he dwells in depth with his projects, talks about the future of Architecture and gives great tips for young and upcoming architects.For more on the episode, head to and also check out Jaisim's book by heading to
On this episode, we speak to Bangalore-based award-winning Architectural Journalist Apurva Bose Dutta. She has pioneered and spearheaded the Architectural Journalism movement in India and has been at the forefront of this space for the past 13 years. From collaborations with leading Architecture and design publications to conducting workshops, travelling across the world to give talks, and a whole host of various other activities, Apurva is helping build the Architectural writing space in India.This episode is definitely going to be a treat for all those listeners who are thinking of taking up Architectural Journalism as a full-time career and those who are interested in writing in general. For the extended show notes and other details that Apurva talk about in the episode, please head to
On the second part of this two-part series with Takbir Fatima, we speak more about her workshop called Fractals workshop, her TEDx Talk in Hyderabad, her views on the future of architecture and design and a lot more.For extended show notes and links check out if you haven't checked out Part I, do check it out on is a podcast that brings a selection of original interviews with architects, planners, and designers from around the world in the field of architecture
After a very long time, Archgyan is back.On this episode, we talk with a young and upcoming Architect from Hyderabad, Takbir Fatima. She heads a firm called Designaware and has won various international awards for her work. This episode is a two-part series and on Part 1, Takbir takes us on her journey in Architectural Education to setting up Designaware to working on her first project which was quite fascinating, to say the least.The shownotes for this episode will be available on
On this episode, we speak to a prominent architect from Bangalore, Chetan Shivaprasad. He has been working as an architect for the past 25 years and heads a studio called Kham Design. He is also passionately involved in teaching and teaches in numerous universities all across India. We go in-depth on various topics in this episode such as Architectural Education, Chetan’s journey in Architecture, Design Workshops, Hampi Center for Design, and much more.The Extended shownotes are available on the website which is packed with a lot of useful links and other info that will help you in your journey in architecture. Do check it out on you guys liked this episode, please give us a thumbs up and subscribe to us on whichever podcast platform you are listening from be it castbox, spotify, itunes, or google podcast.Reach to us at if you would like to work with us or if you would like to give us feedback.Thanks for listening & see you on the next episode! 🙂
On the second part of talking life & the future of architecture with Sushant Verma, we dig deep into topics such as parametric design, architectural education in India, design workshops as a new innovative medium for learning, and much much more.It's going to be a treat for architects, students, and all those interested in Architecture.For extended shownotes where we share detailed information over the topics Sushant spoke about, please visit Also, if you guys liked this episode, please give us a thumbs up and subscribe to whichever podcast platform you are listening from be it castbox, spotify, itunes or google podcast.There are a ton more episodes coming your way packed with deep and personal talks with Architects who are changing the way we live on Earth. It would be immensely appreciated if you could donate to us by going to and you will be featured on our next episode. Donations help us improve our episode quality and content and motivate us to keep providing valuable content for free.Thanks for listening guys & see you on the next episode! :)
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