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Archgyan Podcast - An Indian Architecture Podcast

Archgyan Podcast - An Indian Architecture 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.

Check out our website http://archgyan.com/ for more!
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In this episode we have with us the founder of Archea, Utsav Kamboj. She is a graduate from Lovely Professional University, Punjab where she completed her B.Arch. And later pursued her masters in urban design from Sushant School of Art and Architecture.  She has two companies to her credit. One being Utsav Kamboj and the other being Archea. Utsav Kamboj curates content that helps budding architects and interior designers kickstart their career. And Archea is an educational platform that provides online courses for architectural students and architects to enhance their skills promising a successful career. In this episode, she talks about her journey in architecture, how she transitioned to content creation, how social media aided the growth of her company, about archea and utsav kamboj, how young architects can make a shift into this field and much more. For episode show notes and links, head to archgyan.com/59 Archea - https://www.archea.in/For the video version, head to our YouTube Channel.This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to thesketchuptutorials.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
Debashree Ghatak is the Co-Founder of ReNEWate and an architect with 12+ years of experience of working with top Architecture firms and Real Estate developers. She is passionate about imbibing new-age technologies into architecture, construction and property renovation to leverage their benefits and make day-to-day tasks for the AEC Industry easier. She is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Architecture - B.Arch focused in Architecture from Mumbai University. Before Establishing ReNEWate, Debashree has worked on projects of all scales ranging from furniture design to master planning. In her current role as the Co-Founder of Renewate, Debashree is determined to build the company as India's only platform for designers and contractors by leveraging technology and domain expertise to help professionals & consumers. https://archgyan.com/podcast/renewate-startups-and-more-with-debashree-ghatak-ag-57/ In this episode she talks about her journey in architecture, how she transitioned to startups, about renewate, how architects can get into startups, how a startup runs, future plans for Renewate, advice for young architects & more. ReNEWate - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.renewate.app For episode shownotes and links, head to archgyan.com/58 
In this episode we have with us Architect & Professor Newton D'Souza who is presently an Associate Professor for the Department of Interior Architecture, at Florida International University in Miami. He's been part of our industry for more than 20 years & written numerous research papers, special issue journals and books which have been published widely on various platforms. He's also given various lectures across Universities, and has won various awards for his excellence in the academic side of Architecture. His most notable book is called "The Multi-Skilled Designer" which talks about the unique cognitive thought process of top architectural designers like Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor, and so on.He shares with us his journey into Architecture, his transition of pursuing his BArch in Bangalore to then pursuing his PhD in the states. We then talk about Design, the definition of "Design", cognitive design, decoding the thought process of an architect, how technology influences the world and a whole lot more.For episode shownotes and excerpts, head to archgyan.com/57For the video version, head to our YouTube Channel.This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to thesketchuptutorials.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
In this episode we have with us the founder of DiRoots, Jose Oliveira. He is a BIM and Automation Strategist. DiRoots is a BIM digital consultancy firm based in UK and they specialize in the development of custom Autodesk, Bricsys, Bentley add-ins, web-based applications and much more. Jose is a graduate from the University of Salford where he did his MSc. in BIM and Integrated Design. He has more than 10 years of continuous experience in the AEC and manufacturing industries. He is also known for his creative, unconventional ideas and vision of the Industry's future.In this episode he talks about his journey into BIM, custom software development process, creation of various plug-ins for Revit, how DiRoots has leveraged machine learning & AI and a whole lot more. For Episode shownotes & links, head to archgyan.com/56For the video version, head to our YouTube Channel.This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to thesketchuptutorials.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
In this episode we have with the co-founder of Trezi, Gautam Tewari. He is a LEED-accredited professional. Trezi is India’s first VR Platform for the Building Industry. It's a product that is now solving the challenges faced by a large number of stakeholders in the Building industry, using immersive technology and the power of Virtual Reality. They have won quite a few awards in the Startup Field. Featured in the Top 3 "Startup of the Future"by NDTV Unicorn Awards 2016, winner of the League of 10-Emerge50 products of the year 2018 by NASSCOM and won the NASSCOM Design4India Design Awards 2019 in the 'immersive category' to name a few. Gautam is a graduate from the University of New South Wales, where he did his masters in Construction Management. He has a global experience of over 20 years in the architecture and design industry. Apart from that he's passionate about cricket, a long-distance runner, fitness enthusiast, and an avid reader. In this episode, he talks about his initial journey into the startup scenario, the potential of VR in the building industry, how an Architect can be involved in immersive technology and a whole lot more! For Episode shownotes & links, head to archgyan.com/55. For the video version, head to our YouTube ChannelThis podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head tocourses.archgyan.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
In this week's episode we have with us the founder of Cybertecture, James Law. Cybertecture is the design of all things for a more intelligent world through new pieces of architecture, interior space, artwork, technology, and strategy. He established James Law Cybertecture in 2001 and they've gone on to complete projects of various scales, some of them being OPod Housing No. 1 which is an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit to ease Hong Kong's affordable housing problems. The Capital in Mumbai, Cybertecture egg, Technosphere, Tower of India and many more awesome projects. The firm specializes in architecture, interior design, master planning, consulting, technology & industrial design. He has also launched the Cybertecture Academy that nurtures a new generation of designers from a young age. In this episode, he takes us on his journey in Architecture right from his time at Bartlett, to being mentored by Peter Cook & later Itsuko Hasegawa in Tokyo, how he started his own firm James Law Cybertecture, how he landed big projects in India, solving Hong kong's housing problem through design, his design philosophy & approach to design, leveraging technology, smart city planning, the architecture of purpose & a whole lot more! For Episode shownotes & links, head to archgyan.com/54For the video version, head to our YouTube ChannelThis podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to courses.archgyan.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
In this episode we have with us an Architect, Writer, Web Designer, teacher, podcaster and entrepreneur, Michael Lavalley. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED AP. He's currently an architect and project manager at Young + Wright Architects and he specializes in Architectural Design, Detailing, Project Management, 3D Modeling, Design Research, Sustainable Design, Graphic Design and much more. He has 12 years of professional experience and he shares his research, experience and interests on his blog "Evolving Architect". He's also a co-host of his podcast called "Unpacking design" where they discuss all things design. Apart from that he's a gamer and a chess fanatic. In this episode he talks about his journey, how he creates content in architecture, about his podcast and his company Evolving Architect, some interesting tools that he uses and a whole lot more. For more on this episode , head to archgyan.com/53 For the video version, head to our YouTube Channel This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to courses.archgyan.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
In this episode we have with us one of the Directors of Integrated Design Limited, Simon Gallagher. Simon is an architectural technologist and digital project manager. His experience includes implementing BIM and leading digital international project teams on large, complex infrastructure projects for transport, building and waste management facilities. He's also a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) since September 2012, a professional member of the Hong Kong Institute of BIM, and a CIC Certified BIM Manager since February 2020. In this episode Simon talks about his experience as an architect from Hong Kong. He shares with us his transition between different roles and how he ended up being a director at his firm. Hailing from Hong Kong, he very briefly discusses about the pandemic as well as its impact on the future. He also talks about the housing problem in Hong Kong and how it can be solved. For more on this episode , head to archgyan.com/52For the video version, head to our YouTube Channel. This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to courses.archgyan.com to check out some of our new courses on Sketchup & Vray.
This is part 2 of our two part series with Dr. Benny Kuriakose, a leading sustainable Architect from India. In this episode he gives us insight on Architectural Conservation and Vernacular Architecture. He shares with us his opinion on Architectural Education questioning the need to study for 5 years . He then goes on to share with us his view on the Central Vista Project and how to go about design promoting unconventional thinking which is quite intriguing ! For more on this episode , head to http://archgyan.com/51 This podcast is sponsored by Archgyan Courses, head to courses.archgyan.com to check out some of our new courses on Architecture and Interior Design
In this week's episode we have with us one of India's leading sustainable architects Dr. Benny Kuriakose. Benny Kuriakose started his career in 1984 under the guidance of Laurie Baker. He specializes in architecture conservation,low-cost housing and sustainable architecture. He incorporates principles of vernacular architecture with a concept reflecting his client's aspirations with the use of natural materials. Some of his famous works include the Pyramid, Vishram, Dakshinachitra, Muziris heritage project among many other. In this episode Dr. Benny is going to be sharing his entire journey, a chance meeting with Laurie Baker, his first few projects, the importance of hands-on learning, architectural education, future of architecture, construction & a whole lot more. We also have an interesting segment in the 2nd part of this episode on Architectural Education that answers questions like "Do we really need to study 5 years to practice Architecture? For episode shownotes & links, check the description below & head to our website which is archgyan.com/50For the video version, head to our youtube channel
This week, we speak with the Principal Architect at Meltzer/Mandl Architects, Eli Y. Meltzer. Eli transitioned from a background in Philosophy to Architecture and shares his entire journey in this episode. He specializes in the housing space and has vast expertise in New York City Building Codes & regulations. He's also a published author and has given seminars and workshops at international conferences on Jewish Infrastructure Capital Projects.In this episode, we learn about Eli's journey, the importance of affordable housing, philosophy and how different Architecture is going to be post-pandemic, design tech, homes being more multi-functional, his plans for the future, and a whole lot more in this episode.We also have a special section called Dissect the project wherein Eli runs us through one of his favorite projects "The Roscoe Brown Apartments."Gain access to the shownotes by heading to archgyan.com/48 (available on youtube too)
In this week's episode, we speak to BIM Coordinator & Data Enthusiast Dalton Goodwin. Dalton presently works as a BIM Coordinator at DLR Group, which is a prestigious large Architecture & Engineering based in the States with offices all around the globe. He plays a key role in the development of new plugins and tools that assist the BIM process of the firm. In this episode, Dalton shares his journey & how he got into the AEC industry, he talks about the importance of Machine Learning in our industry and it's large impact going forward. Everything will be optimized for us in the future and working may require least to almost no human interference. He also talks about the power of data & how the algorithms adapt based on feedback from us. He even mentions new job positions opening up in the form of data scientists in the AEC industry.For more on the episode, head to archgyan.com/47
This week, we speak with the founder of "The Design Collective" Dev Tyagi. TDC Magazine is a digital publication and online resource committed towards Independent Architecture & Design Journalism. We aim to not only provide a distinct, curated and carefully edited fusion of the latest in Architecture, Design and Art but also recognize and acknowledge upcoming talents from all around the globe . We are also a community that publishes editorials and stories which relate to all creative-types. In this episode, Dev takes us through his journey & how he founded TDC, the design & creative process of TDC, Architectural Journalism & it's importance in digital media, what plans they have for the future, and loads more. For more on the episode, head to archgyan.com/46The Design Collective : https://www.thedesigncollective.co.in/
In this episode, we speak to a second-generation Architecture and partner of Rathi Associates, Rohan Rathi. Rathi associates is a Bangalore based Architecture firm that was started by Rohan's father, BH Rathi in the year 1976. They have since completed over 800+ projects pan India and across the world. And have gone to win various national & international awards for their work.We’re going to be talking about Rohan’s journey in Architecture, how Rathi Associates got started in the 80s, the various projects that they’ve completed over the years, the indian design industry, adoption of technology in India and implementation of BIM, improving the quality of Architectural education in India, the Rathi Learning Space which is an interior design institute started by Rathi Associates, how they’ve made a smooth transition to remote working, and we have a special section in this episode, where Rohan is going to be explaining one of his favourite projects which was an experience center for Wipro in Bangalore and there’s a lot more in this episode.For more on the episode, head to Archgyan
In this episode, we speak to Prof. Anuradha Chatterjee, who is presently the Dean of Faculty of Design at Manipal University Jaipur.She shares her journey from Architecture to Academia and teaching across the world. We dive deep into the Architectural Education system in India, the various challenges it faces, integrating more of Site into Studio, tips for final year students working on their thesis, how do we teach Architectural Design, plagiarism in PHDs, Architectural Journalism, the importance of writing in Architecture, the future of Architectural Education, advice for young architects and a whole lot more.Professor (PhD) Anuradha Chatterjee is Dean, Faculty of Design, Manipal University Jaipur. She is a registered architect in India, with M. Arch and PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia. For close to two decades, she has taught at and has held leadership positions in premier higher education institutions in Australia (University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of Tasmania, and University of South Australia); China (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University); and India (Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, and Pearl Academy). Prior to joining Manipal University Jaipur, Dr Chatterjee was the Dean Academics at Avani Institute of Design, where she was responsible for establishing culture and systems for academic excellence.  Dr Chatterjee is the Area Editor for Asia, Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1960-2015 (edited by Karen Burns and Lori Brown, forthcoming in 2021), and has edited and authored three well received and endorsed academic books, Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney (Copal Publishing); and John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture (Routledge). Her recent prestigious appointments include 1) Member of Board of Review for CEPT University’s M Arch / MA in Architectural History and Theory Programme; 2) Elected Companion to The Guild of St George; 3) Member of Editorial Board for Architecture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 4) Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History at the University of Queensland; 5) Regional Editor (Asia Pacific), Textile; Journal of Cloth and Culture. For more information, see: https://jaipur.manipal.edu/fod/schools-faculty/faculty-list/Dr_Anuradha_Chatterjee.html and https://anuradhachatterjee.wixsite.com/architecture 
In this episode, we get to hear the fascinating story of Rina Sahay, who is presently a BIM Manager at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.She shares her journey in Architecture right from completing her BArch in India, to pursuing her Masters from Michigan University, working and also teaching in various firms and Universities across the US, how she transitioned to become a BIM Manager, leveraging the Autodesk forums, working for BV Doshi, advice for young architects and also immigrants and a whole lot more.For more on the episode, head to Archgyan
In this episode, we speak to Kean Walmsley who has been part of Autodesk for more than 25 years and has played many roles over the years. He’s presently part of the research team where he works on emerging areas related to design technology, generative design, virtual and augmented reality and the internet of things.We discuss his journey and experience working at Autodesk, travel and working around the world including Bangalore, Autodesk Forge,  and the rise in web development frameworks, generative design & Autodesk refinery, digital twins and neural networks, remote working, AI at Autodesk, Autodesk University Las Vegas, advice for young architects & moreKean also has an awesome blog where he shares a lot about the latest in technology, autodesk, his persona life, and also his travel tales. Shownotes for this episode is available on http://archgyan.com/42
Nicholas has lived every aspiring computational designer's dream which is to work for some of the biggest firms in the world who are at the forefront of computation, travel and also acquire new skills and technologies.In this episode, you will get to listen to Nicholas's journey into Architecture and inevitably Computational Design, studying Architecture at Universidad de Los Andes Columbia, working at MAD Architects, 3XN & Fojab Code, discussions on Architectural Education, learning how to code, BIM, Automation,  visual programming, and a whole lot more. Here's a brief on Nicholas.He completed his Bachelor in Architecture in 2015 from Universidad de Los Andes. He then went on to work as a Graduate Architecture Intern at MAD Architects and also at 3XN/GXN. After which he pursued his M.Arch in the DRL Program at Architectural Association, London. He worked as a Computational Designer and Software Developer at FOJAB for about a year and then went on to work as a Computational Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects. He is always found studying something related to computational design and always pushing his own boundaries.There's a lot to learn from this episode and hopefully it inspires to become a computational designer too. Head to our website Archgyan for more!
Today we have with us an Iranian based Architect who is a Design Technologist, Creative Designer & Startup Co-Founder, Masih Davari.Masih who hails from an Architecture background quickly made the transition to the startup world. He is now the co-founder of InnoBrain AB, a NeuroTech company offering innovative BCI Brain-Computer Interface applications. He shares the various benefits of how an Architect can be a positive influence to any startup. And he also shares the various challenges and obstacles that comes with running a startup. There's a lot of good stuff in the episode and Masih selflessly shares his journey and struggles. This is definitely going to be an inspiration to all those Architects who are trying to jump into the Startup space. For more on the episode, head to the Archgyan Website.
On this week's episode, we have with us Jero Juujärvi who presently works as a BIM Coordinator for Kreate Oy in Finland. Kreate is one of Finland's leading infrastructure builders with net sales of over 200 Million Euros in 2018.  So they don't just deal with buildings but infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and so on. Jero hails from a background of game design & development. In this episode, Jero shares how he transitioned to BIM from the world of gaming, BIM for contractors, the BIM Scene in Finland, leveraging BIM for infrastructure projects & facilities management, the role of the government & building a central repository, BIM Standards in Europe, Virtual Reality, Drones, Robotics, Automation, Working remotely & BIM Utopia. This is a BIM packed episode and lots to learn from. For more on the episode head to ArchgyanFollow us on Instagram for daily content on Architecture, BIM & more. 
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Cobi Simon

Great podcast on Indian architects & architecture!

Jan 20th
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