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Renowned architect Siddharth Sirohi explains the pillars of design

My favourite structure (designed by someone else): The Bahai temple in Delhi, Mill Owners’ Association Building in Ahmedabad, designed by Corbusier. The Long Chair by George Nakashima.

My favourite structure (designed by someone else): The Bahai temple in Delhi, Mill Owners’ Association Building in Ahmedabad, designed by Corbusier. The Long Chair by George Nakashima.

I am inspired by: the ability to be present fully in the moment. This is where real inquiry begins. Any great work is a process of inquiry and discovery, not only of the task at hand but also of ourselves. It is only later that our expression finds its narrative.

Siddharth Sirohi

Design to me is: It is a process in which we move from a problem to a solution. Design must also be sustainable, not just in materiality and process, but also in living with it. This allows for it to come alive, and much like people, we cherish long relationships with them.

I wish I had designed (and how would that have been different from now): The socio-economic system that this world follows. It would allow for power to be centered with people who are impacted most by a given decision, rather than concentrated at the top. The world would be a very different place, not run by sanctioned, unconditional greed.

My worst design: Oh! so many! You have to make mistakes to grow. They can all be attributed to incorrect processes.

My best design: That’s an impossible answer. Each design has its qualifications and merit and that cannot be measured or compared. The design process is what defines the product, and we are more interested in the process.

My signature design element (one element without which no design of yours seems complete): For me, our designs have to operate within philosophy and there are a few pillars that they must rest on. This is what defines our work. All designs must check these.

To unwind I (hobbies other than architecture): Climb mountains, practice yoga, and work on my 32-year-old car. I wish I could read more. Music and Cinema are a large part of my life.

If I was not an architect: I’ve been a Geography teacher, trained MBA aspirants, worked with the media, and worked in films.

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