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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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29 Episodes
Today we have the founder of Infinity Designs, Ajinkya Dhumal, who is an industry veteran in the Interior Design field with over 15+ years of experience and who has completed over 1000+ projects.  In this episode, Ajinkya takes us on his journey in becoming an established Interior Designer in India, what are the various roles & responsibilities that an Interior designer plays which is not taught in Interior Design schools, what are the various materials used, how much do interior designers charge their clients, how healthy competition is helping the interior design sector, what this field has in store for us in the future, and great advice for young Architects & interior designers. His Favorite books : Interior Design by Ahmed Kasu ( You can Win by Shiv Khera ( The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma ( Shownotes : 02:15 How Ajinkya got into Interior Design 03:30 Graduating from Jagannath Rathi Interior Design institute in Pune in 1999 and working with Architect Rahul Gupta 04:25 Starting Infinity Designs in 2002 & coming up with the name. 06:00 Initial Struggles as a firm owner. 08:30 Ajinkya's design process 09:10 Is budget a constraint?  10:30 How do you approach a smaller space as a Interior Designer? 11:30 Different materials in Interior Design and keeping yourself updated. 12:30 Is MDF a bad material? 13:00 Interior Decor in interior design. 15:30 Different consultants involved in interior design. 17:00 Building your contacts & network. 18:06 Landing the bigger projects and bigger clients. 19:10 Unorganized to organized in Interior Design. 20:30 Different tools that you use as an interior designer. 21:00 How much do you charge your clients as a interior designer? 22:40 Marketing in Social Media 23:00 What advice would you give to someone who wants to start on their own? 25:00 Where do you see the industry headed in the future? 27:30 Advice for young architects & Interior designers. For more on the episode, head to Follow us on Instagram for more updates by following our handle @archgyan
In this episode, we go in-depth with Principal Architect & founder of Hundredhands. An award winning Architecture practiced based out of Bangalore, India. We dwell into Bijoy's journey in Architecture like his time at BMS School of Architecture, Masters in Architecture & Urbanism from MIT, his transition back to India and setting up shop, Architectural Education, Technology and various other aspects of Architecture. We also dwell into what exactly is Architecture and how architecture when done right can evoke all our senses beyond the banal and ordinary.  For extended shownotes on this episode, head to Follow us on Instagram for weekly updates and more, by heading to
In this episode, we have a candid conversation with a leading Sustainable Architect in India, Vinu Daniel. He is the principal Architect & Founder of Wallmakers, based out of Kerala. Wallmakers have been constructing all their buildings out of sustainable earth materials ever since 2007. They have garnered various awards for their works and have b een published widely on Archdaily, Dezeen and various other famous publications.     Born and brought up in Sharjah, Vinu was never interested in Architecture but rather wanted to become a musician. It was only through a chance meeting with Laurie Baker, that turned the table for him. He believes in respecting your brethren and working along with them in order to truly become a responsible Architect. He shares valuable lessons for us and we discuss various topics like how he got into Architecture, his time at the Auroville Earth Institute, building his first project, Sustainable Construction & dealing with clients, learning from masons and helpers, future endeavors, the Architectural Education System in India and loads more. For more on the episode, head to
In this episode, you will get to listen to Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, Sushant Verma, as he shares his roller-coaster journey of 5 Years with RatLAB Studio. Sushant is a very special guest as he was one of the first guests on the show and he never fails to amaze us with all the various endeavors he has going for himself. If you would like to listen to the first two episodes, you can head to wherein he shares his journey in Architecture right from the get-go and is packed with a lot of useful information. In this episode, he shares what's changed in the 5 years of running RatLAB, top 5 technologies, projects they worked on and tools they developed. His take on Finch3D and design automation, starting off on your own too soon versus working for somebody, travel tales and travelling & conducting workshops in over 20+ cities, SMART Labs workshops, resources to learn computational design and loads more. For more on the episode & Podcast shownotes, head to
In this episode, we discuss about Architectural Education in India, a possible solution for Bangalore traffic, cities being the most sustainable form of living, film-making and how films had an influence on him, his future plans, and loads more. This is part 2 of a two part series. For part 1, head to And for more on this episode, head to
In this episode, we speak to Bangalore based Architect Gaurav Roy Choudhury who is the founder of GRCA.  Gaurav completed his Bachelor of Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture in 2002 and then went on to work with Mathew & Ghosh Architects in Bangalore till 2007. He then decided to start on his own and has since completed numerous projects that has helped him National & International awards. We dwell into topics such as his time in College and how the rigor there helped him in the long run, Architecture being a dying profession, being lucky to have less projects, importance of having a honest dialogue with your clients, Minimalism not just being a style, and loads more philosophical talks. For more on the episode, head to  And if you would like to get in touch with Gaurav, you can mail him at
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 Shownotes: (2:00) 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 day Part 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 Building 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 And you can reach out to them by following them on [Instagram]( For 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 & And 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 And 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]( You will get all the shownotes & links on 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!
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 Some 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 Episode 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
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Cobi Simon

Great podcast on Indian architects & architecture!

Jan 20th
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