Please tell us about yourself
I did my Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from University of Pune and Masters in Architectural Design from The University of Sheffield
How has your degree experience helped you in your career?
Returning to practice after completing the MA in Architectural Design, I was able to join an organisation in a higher position than previously. The knowledge acquired on the course helped me to critically analyse and draw on more rational, design oriented solutions through research. Research as a skillset has been tremendously useful for me and has changed the way I approach and derive solutions.
Where did life take you after graduation?
After graduating from the course, I joined Space Designer Syndicate, a renowned Pune based design practice known for mega scale projects like townships scaling above 500 Acres. Working with the practice as Project Architect I had the opportunity to design a software and technology park of 5 million square ft. and the first phase of the project is being implemented currently. I worked in the organisation for 2 years and then moved on to set up my own design practice.
What is your current job like?
I am now a Principal Architect and Partner at CPRB Architects & Interior Designers. A partnership firm with a focus on high-end residential design, residential and commercial interiors, hospitality design and the health sector. A typical day at office for me involves client meetings in the first half followed by studio work in the latter.
What advice would you give to a current Architecture student?
Make the most of your time at the university. Explore and benefit from the available intellectual resources around you. Have a clear understanding of what you wish to do with your degree. Get equipped with allied skills of your profession. Most importantly – build new connections and develop new contacts while you’re still there…
Is there anything else you would like to share with students?
The University of Sheffield offers a wide spectrum of extra-curricular activities with the Students Union at the epicentre! It’s a place where you can reach out for almost anything as an international student. Apart from that, Sheffield as a city offers a fantastic and a very vibrant life for students. The University Arms, City Centre, Winter Gardens, Moore Market and Peak District have been some of my favourite places, throughout my studies!