Hi guys, I am Prashant Dupare. When I heard the word ‘architect‘ and found its origin to be ‘archi+tekton’ which means chief builder, I thought wow, this sounds cool. But then what does an architect actually do? (Google was till to become famous at that time) My dad told me about planning and buildings but frankly, I just nodded my head and didnt really get it (Like all 13 years old do)! Then I came to know that architects ‘design‘ buildings (I didnt understand that either) and then I came across some architectural drawings n sketches (was like ‘WOW’, I want to try that!) and finally, some idiot told me that architects can practice and be their own boss. (BINGO!)
It was first day at Sir J.J. College of Architecture (Yeah! a dream come true) when the first thing our professor asks to class – Why do you want to be an architect? I really didnt know what to say. It seemed stupid to say that I wanted to draw. My thoughts got so jumbled with that I dont even remember what I said when my turn came. After that followed the weeks of not understanding a word of what professor is saying and not having a clue of what exactly am I supposed to do with this or that assignment. I started thinking… Dude! You are screwed!
But after MANY sleepless nights and LOTS of wasted paper, I held on.
After year or two (It actually takes that long), I finally started understanding a teeny weeny bit of architecture. Thanks to some professors and seniors and the workshop (the JJites know what am I takling about) and doing well in a design assignment (which surprised me as much as my professors), I understood that the ‘concept’ is not just an extra sheet of submission and started to enjoy the process of design.
And then it was the last day in college. I was having difficult time digesting the fact that I AM AN ARCHITECT. Suddenly uncles and aunties were asking me about slabs and columns and furniture arrangements (I suddenly had to give responsible answers). I was employed as a junior architect for two years and then I decided to jump from the frying pan into the fire. I started, with two other idiots, my own practice iSTUDIO architecture.
Its has been almost 5 years since then in the professional world. I suddenly had to put into practice all the lofty ideals and concepts that I had been presenting in design juries. It is sometimes satisfying with a lot of fun. Designing, the joy of turning imagination into reality, and even small things like getting the right detail, finding that perfect material and seeing the finished product is a soul satisfying experience. It is extremely frustrating at times (I have started practicing yoga to keep calm nowadays) especially when you are having trouble with a particular contractor or client or consultant. There are days when you are struggling to meet deadlines, worried about payments, delivering good designs, doubting your own capabilities and dealing with all the responsibilities that come with ‘being my own boss’. And then I really start to wonder… Why (the hell) did I become an architect…!
See you soon!