I Think Architecture Is a Way to Make Everyone's Life Interesting - Saloni Goyal


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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Born and brought up in Jaipur. Pursued bachelor's degree in architecture from Aayojan School of Architecture. After practicing under distinguished architects I did my post-graduation from CEPT University, Ahmedabad specialised in urban planning. Got married and moved to Bengaluru and started my own practice, Grid Studio. 

2. When and why did you choose this field?

I started to think about becoming an architect just after my 12th, I'd been around 17. I didn't know much about the field at that time but seemed like an interesting profession. I did things related to architecture with my dad. We used to do carpentry as a hobby during summer holidays.  

3. Do you have a dream project or your favourite project?

There are actually two dream projects. I am actually working on one of them. I can't say much about this one but the other one is to work on my own residence. 

4. How can one identify and appreciate good architecture?

According to me, whenever I visit a place I like to know about its history or stories related to the place, their culture too. I understand the place so as to feel the past, to create an image. Identifying and appreciating architecture is impulsive. I've seen people who awe for a staircase but not appreciating a grand museum. Similarly, people are drawn to buildings of scale like Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House, and to historical structures like Colosseum or Acropolis of Athens. Such buildings are significant and point of reference. I think it's important to experience the buildings. 

5. Who is your favourite architect and why?

Far too many to mention..Architects like Le Corbusier, Charles Correa, BV Doshi. They are "magical". They believed in clean geometric forms, no complicated shapes or technology. Their work stands with the surroundings as they have sensitivity towards it. Effortless plays with light and shadows with efficient open spaces.

6. Do you have any tips for people who want to join this field?

Architecture schools are very rigorous, so passion is the key which will keep you going. Projects will take much longer than you estimate, so don't be afraid of hard work. Look around as much you can, travel and study the buildings. Develop your own style, opinions and values.  

7. What does your typical work day look like?

I like to plan my entire week on Monday, as it helps in organising my tasks and priorities. So I spend a few hours on my writing and updating my design catalogue. Half of time is spent working with the existing clients and understanding new clients. I make sure to fetch some time to read something new related to my field. 

- Saloni Goyal
Interviewed by - Rupali Rawat

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