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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.
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38 Episodes
Today we have with us Antonio Tort, who is an Architect, BIM Consultant & founder of BIM Skills Antonio completed his Architectural Education  from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He then opened his own practice in 1990 called Antonio Tort Architects. He stumbled upon Archicad in 1995 and a few months later he made the jump from CAD to BIM. He  has since worked with BIM & successfully co-founded BIM Freelance which unites all those in the AECO sector and helps in the implementation & learning BIM methodology.  Antonio has an experience spanning over 20 years in the BIM & Architecture space and he has lots to share,  he takes us on his journey in Architecture, studying in Architecture school in the 90s, how he was introduced to BIM, what is openBIM, how BIM Freelance has helped many become leaders in the BIM field, BIM seminar & workshops, future of the AECO industry, & loads more. For more on the episode head to Archgyan ( Follow us on Instagram ( for daily Archgyan content.
Today we have with us  Amey Kandalgaonkar who is an Architect, Architectural Photographer & founder of Ameyzing_Architect on Instagram, where he explores & pushes his creative abilities to the limit through photorealistic renders of  Utopian & surreal architecture. Here’s a brief on Amey  He completed his BArch from Sr JJ College of Architecture in 2009 and then went on to pursue his MArch from UCL, London. He’s worked for various international practices like RTA-Office Shanghai, RMJM London, Planet 3 Studios Mumbai & now runs his own firm called Kandal Design in Vancouver. He’s also an accomplished architectural photographer and he has provided professional photography services for various clients across China. His works have been published widely on designboom, dezeen, archdaily & the top architectural publications of the world. There’s a lot to talk about and you’ll get to hear his journey & also some top secrets on how he gets his work done. If you want to check out his work & more, check out the podcast shownotes & links on ( 36 Follow Archgyan: Instagram ( Twitter ( Support Us: Patreon ( #architecturepodcast #indianpodcast #indianarchitecturepodcast
Today we have with us a BIM Expert, Architect & the founder of Aussie BIM Guru (  Youtube Channel, Gavin Crump A brief history of Gavin Crump: Gavin completed his Bachelor & Masters in Architecture from University of South Australia in 2012, post which he got the opportunity to work for the biggest firms in the industry like HDR, Woods Baggot, Crone Architects, among many and quickly worked his way up to being a BIM Manager. He now runs his own BIM Consulting firm called BIM Guru  and he provides various BIM related services. But what stands out the most for him is undoubtedly his Youtube channel. Yes, there are tons of tutorials on Revit but most of those tutorials are made by students who have not really had infield experience. But what if you could learn from an industry leader who has over 9 years of experience and all for free? Gavin not only releases tutorials on Revit, but also on Dynamo, Python, Grasshopper, Rhino, & of course BIM. If you want to check out his videos, head to Aussie BIM guru on youtube. ( In this episode, Gavin is going to be taking us on his journey in Architecture, his time at University of South Australia, why he feels 3 years in Architecture school is too long, how he picked up on Revit, his transition to a BIM Manager in a very short span of time, scope of work for a BIM Manager, the Aussie BIM Guru story, BIM ISO Standards, advice for those learning Dynamo, transition from Dynamo to Grasshopper, starting his BIM Consulting firm called BIM Guru, the BIM Market in Australia, advice for young architects and towards the end we shift gears a bit and talk about applying for the Australian PR which is going to interest all those listeners planning on applying for migration.  For more on the episode, head to Follow Gavin on Social Media : Linkedin ( Twitter ( Website : Follow Archgyan: Instagram ( Twitter ( Support Us: Patreon ( 02:30 How Gavin got into Architecture 04:00 Studying at University of South Australia 06:30 How Gavin picked up his Revit skills 08:30 Working with a BIM Manager 09:30 How Gavin transitioned to a BIM Manager in a very short span of time ( BIM Standards 12:20 Scope of work for a BIM Manager 14:30 Is the BIM team involved in Facilities Management? 15:30 The Aussie BIM Guru story ( Learning from his own videos How to write a pattern file ( 18:00 How did Gavin come up with the name "Aussie BIM Guru"? 19:11 What can we expect from Aussie BIM Guru for 2020? Custom Package creation on Dynamo Python in Dynamo Navisworks Free Revit Templates 22:00 The BIM Guru Naming Standards BIM ISO Standards  BRE, International ISO 23:30 Advice for those learning Dynamo Walk before you run 27:00 The Aussie BIM Guru Github ( 28:20 Transition from Dynamo to Grasshopper Ladybug Breps Dynamo Community ( 31:10 BIM Guru - A BIM Consulting Firm 35:00 Business Development 36:50 The BIM Market in Australia 37:30 Has BIM implementation become compulsory in Australia? 39:00 The Australian government & BIM ISO 19650 40:30 Projects that have implemented BIM the right way in Australia The Egyptian Museum ( 43:00 BIM Levels & Digital Twins 45:20 Tech Giants & BIM - The Samsung City ( 46:30 Does BIM compromise our creative abilities as architects? 48:00 Applying for the Australian PR Subclass 189 53:00 Advice to young architects & architecture students. 54:20 Quick Fire Round 57:30 The Aussie BIM Guru Cats 58:40 Quick Fire Round #architecturepodcast #indianpodcast #indianarchitecturepodcast
Today we have with us the alluring, super charismatic, and magnetic founder of BlessedArch, Rishabh Wadhwa.   Here’s a brief of Blessedarch & Rishabh to give you some context and in Rishabh’s own style DID YOU KNOW??? Rishabh completed his BArch from Manipal University Jaipur. He worked as an Intern Architect for DesignQube Architects in Jaipur & then Studio Ardete in Chandigarh. He also got to work as a Social Media Marketing Intern for Naya Sawera NGO. And it was after all this, that he started BlessedArch. A platform that he created, where he shares daily facts on everything related to Architecture. This platform has grown rapidly in the past 2 years with over 22k+ followers on Instagram, 14k+ subscribers on youtube and he teaches us something new everyday with a lot of charm & energy. We’ll learn more about his journey and how he got started in this episode. We have written extensive show notes for this episode along with links on ( /35 02:50 ( How Rishabh got into Architecture 05:50 ( Manipal Jaipur 08:10 ( The Blessedarch story "If you put all that energy and put it one thing,  you can go really ahead." Archiviews 14:00 ( The Deadline Tactics 17:00 ( Watching Nasdaily Videos 17:30 ( Archifacts 20:00 ( Tripmachine 22:00 ( Revenue from Blessedarch 22:40 ( The Blessedarch schedule 26:00 ( Intermittent Fasting 28:30 ( How did Rishabh come up with the name 'Blessedarch'? 29:30 ( Coming up with content everyday 32:30 ( The Blessedarch work process. 34:00 ( Perseverance 35:10 ( Focusing on one thing vs Focusing on multiple things at a time. 37:30 ( Teaching through Blessedarch 39:30 ( Depression in Architecture 42:30 ( Grass in Architecture 45:00 ( The Blessedarch journey & future transitions 47:30 ( Branching off from Architecture 49:00 ( How Blessedarch is helping the architectural education system? 51:10 ( Working with groups 54:00 ( Getting back to Architecture 56:00 ( Quick Fire Round 57:42 ( Advice for young Architects Follow Blessedarch on Instagram & Youtube ( Follow Archgyan on Instagram & Youtube (
Today we have with us Petar Penchev, who is an Architect, BIM Expert & Lecturer, based in Bulgaria.  He completed his Architecture & Construction Course  from "Angel Popov" Vocational High School of Building, Architecture and Geodesy in Bulgaria. After which he pursued a Master of Architecture from University of Architecture, Civil Eng. and Geodesy in Sofia Bulgaria. He’s worked as a CAD draftsman, Interior Designer, Lecturer, Architect, Project Manager, and as a BIM Expert. He is now a partner of All 1 Studio and also works as a part time Lecturer in the same University he studied in. In addition to Architecture & design, he likes hiking and being in the wild. In this episode, Petar takes us on his journey in Architecture and his experience in Architecture school in Bulgaria, his introduction to Revit & the world of BIM, his take on where the AEC industry is headed for Bulgaria, teaching, advice for young Architects & loads more. We have written extensive show notes for this episode along with links on ( 33 If you like the episode and would like more such content, follow us on Instagram ( & support us on Patreon (
In this episode, we have with us a Bangalore based Architect who is a dynamo expert, computational designer and principal of Testing Waters Architecture Studio, Vikram Subbaiah. Vikram completed his Bachelor of Architecture from BMSCE in 2001. He’s worked in the industry for more than 18 years and has played many a role, right from being an architect, to a project manager,  and finally as a computational BIM Design consultant. He now runs his own firm called Testing Waters based in Bangalore and he is always looking at pushing the boundaries of design using computation,  which is seen in most of his residential works.  He is well known in the AEC industry for his computational design & problem solving capabilities and he is an active member of dynamo forums where he regularly takes up complex challenges and solves them.  Vikram shares his journey in architecture, why it is better to scale down rather than scale up, design script, dynamo, revit, BIM, and loads more. For more on the episode, head to
In this week's episode, learn what it takes to become a global leader of design computation at NBBJ & also a full-stack developer with Architect Petr Mitev. Petr completed his Bachelor & Masters of Architecture from University of Cincinnati. Post which, he worked for the some of the biggest firm in the world like GBBN Architekten, HENN Architekten, & KieranTimberlake. He presently works as a Global Leader of Design Computation at NBBJ. NBBJ was the No.1 most innovative architecture firm in 2018 and is considered one of the best architecture firms in the world. He's also a full stack developer and explores interfaces & frameworks for web development. There's so much to learn from this episode as Petr shares how he got started as an Architect, his time in architecture school, what a global leader in design computation is and what work it entails, being a community leader and helping others, where he sees the industry headed, advice for young architects, & loads more. For more on the episode, head to
Today we have with us a Ukranian based Architect who is a BIM Manager & a computational designer, Pavlo Menshykh He completed his Bachelor of Architecture & also his MArch from Lviv Polytechnic National University in 2017. He presently works as a BIM Manager for Savytskyy Design in Ukraine and he also works remotely part time as a computational designer for Finch 3D & Splash Modular.  In this episode, Pavlo shares how he got into Architecture, his experience in Architecture school, how he picked up on various coding languages and BIM softwares, renting out bikes in Washington DC, Design Automation, Blender, IFC, 3D Scans, Photogrammetry, BIM in Ukraine, BIM ISO Standards & more.  For more on the episode, head to 03:35 How Pavlo got into Architecture 05:00 Studying in Lviv Polytechnic National University 07:25 Getting into Architecture software - Archicad. 09:00 Differences between Revit & Archicad 11:30 Masters in Architecture Most people pursue Masters in Architecture in Ukraine 14:00 "You can't learn to be a generic Architect by yourself. You really need a university for that." 15:30 Studying in University of Lubin Poland Learning European Union building codes. 17:10 First steps in computational design Coding Language of Archicad - GDL  GDL Reference Guide - GDL is a subset of BASIC 20:30 Jumping to Grasshopper & Dynamo 23:00 Learning Python for photogrammetry & eventually C# 24:30 Next steps after learning so much coding Shapediver 26:30 Getting into BIM and getting a deeper understanding of the software. 27:40 Working in Washing DC renting bikes. 30:10 These days it's not enough to just be an Architect. "Architecture shouldn't be a career at all, it should be your passion." 34:00 Would AI replace architects in the near future? 36:10 Design Automation 37:40 Projects that have implemented Design Automat ion. 38:00 Should coding be included in the Architectural education system? 40:00 Getting into Javascript & web-based platforms. 40:30 Working on Blender & its API. 48:15 IFC is like the PDF 50:00 Should coding be included in the Architectural education system? 51:00 Getting into Javascript & web-based platforms. 52:30 Working on Blender & its API. 53:15 IFC is like the PDF 55:00  3D Scans, point scans & photogrammetry  Agisoft Capturing Reality  56:00 BIM in Ukraine 57:30 BIM ISO standards 58:15 Quick Fire Round 59:00  3D Scans, point scans & photogrammetry
Today we have with us a Nigerian based Architect who is a Design Technologist, Computational Designer & BIM Specialist, Architect Christopher Ibegbulem. Here’s a brief on Christopher to give you some context. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2017. He then went on to work as an Architectural Assistant with Harcourt Adukeh Associates where we played a major role in the implementation of BIM & BIM training. He’s now working full time with Blaze Inc, a design Technology firm based out of Abuja, which helps AEC firms work smarter through the implementation of BIM, Technology & more. Christopher takes us on his journey in Architecture and his experience in Architecture school in Nigeria, how he was introduced to the world of BIM, what plans he has in store for the future, and his take on the AEC industry is headed for Africa & the world. 03:35 How Christopher got into Architecture 05:00 Studying in University of Nigeria, Nsukka 07:25 Architectural Thesis  09:00 Learning Revit 11:30 Getting into Building Information Modeling (BIM) 14:00 BIM Levels & using the Common Data Environment (CDE) 15:30 Learning Revit & BIM with online resources. Autodesk University 17:10 Journey into Computational Design Dynamo for Geometry Optimization PyRevit C# in Revit 20:30 How to think as a computational designer? Rhino Inside 23:00 AEC & BIM in Africa 24:30 Blaze Inc & Teaching BIM Talking to Schools about BIM & Collaborative work culture. 26:30 Online course on Smart Homes by Blaze Inc. 27:40 BIM Training & Implementation of BIM 30:10 Most challenging BIM project  Clash Detection in Revit 34:00 What is bigger than BIM that is fast approaching? Digital Twin 36:10 Future goals & working smart - Smart Projects 37:40 Masters in Architecture 38:00 Technology diminishing the role of an Architect 40:00 Hiring programmers over Architects in the future. 40:30 Advice for young architects & students. "GO BEYOND THE NORM" Support us on
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
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Cobi Simon

Great podcast on Indian architects & architecture!

Jan 20th
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