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BANDUKSMITHSTUDIO: A COMMON QUALITY THAT THEY SEEK

We seek the same qualities for anyone coming into office. Independence, curiosity, good attitude, willingness and energy to work hard, ready to be part of a team and a clean portfolio. We’re always looking for people who find answers and not problems!

WORKING ACROSS SCALES: VEG-WALA VAGON

Hydraulic doors lift to reveal a van outfitted for mobile vegetable distribution, with dry goods in tow. The idea involved creating a vegetable wagon more mobile than the traditional laaree (pushcart). It can visit different locations based on demand and also protect the vegetables from the sun as they sit on display. (From the website)

AND SOME ARCHITECTURE: BSF LIBRARY

On the BSF campus of Gandhinagar, the Swadhyay Reading Room, designed for the children of BSF wards, sits nestled under a beautiful green canopy. The building is comprised of two parts, a heavy, articulated ground and a light shade perched upon it. (From the website)

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Showcase 28 Mar 2019

Career Advice: banduksmithstudio on what they seek in architects who wish to work at their studio

The academic year is drawing to a close. Come April, most design schools have either finished with their exams or are almost nearing the finishing line. Then it’s time to either study further, work or take time off and travel (those lucky few!). It’s also the time of the year that sees major overhaul and shifts in offices as most people switch jobs post the end of the financial year. So CQ requested some much-pursued design practices to share some fundamental advice for those seeking jobs. Here’s what Banduksmithstudio has to say.

No one size fits all. While each design studio looks for specific qualities and skills, it always helps to list attributes that don’t make the cut or can cause the interviewer to look the other way while interviewing potential aspirants. There is already much information on how one must prepare and conduct themselves while interviews. But we zoomed into some specific details and qualities that are deal-breakers or makers when architects interview applicants.

banduksmithstudio, based in Ahmedabad and spearheaded by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith, tell us a little about their expectations when interviewing to hire designers.

Quoting from their website, they describe their practice as “work that engages processes of making through built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Projects come at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and object design, to interiors, renovations, additions, and residential, institutional and commercial architecture.” 

BANDUKSMITHSTUDIO: A COMMON QUALITY THAT THEY SEEK

We seek the same qualities for anyone coming into office. Independence, curiosity, good attitude, willingness and energy to work hard, ready to be part of a team and a clean portfolio. We’re always looking for people who find answers and not problems!

Here’s what they had to say about interviewing for their studio.

What skills do you look for when hiring interns, fresher architects and senior (experienced) architects?

Interns: We seek the same qualities for anyone coming into office. Independence, curiosity, good attitude, willingness and energy to work hard, readiness to be part of a team and a clean portfolio. We’re always looking for people who find answers and not problems!

Freshers: Apart from the above-mentioned qualities, we need a minimum 2-year commitment. A motivation to learn how to build and a capacity that is demonstrated in the portfolio to think at different scales is essential. And we want individuals who take responsibility of their work.

Experienced architects: A portfolio that shows diverse experiences, work on-site and off-site and something specific that will benefit the office. We prefer candidates who have managed significant aspects of building production and making, beyond design management alone. 

WORKING ACROSS SCALES: VEG-WALA VAGON

Hydraulic doors lift to reveal a van outfitted for mobile vegetable distribution, with dry goods in tow. The idea involved creating a vegetable wagon more mobile than the traditional laaree (pushcart). It can visit different locations based on demand and also protect the vegetables from the sun as they sit on display. (From the website)

“We are too small to hire people who want to fill time before the next step. While we support further education, if they are already planning for it, please do that first!”

What, in your opinion, have been deal-breakers while interviewing a candidate?

Statements like, “Until I go for my Masters’ degree…”

We are too small to hire people who want to fill time before the next step. While we support further education, if they are already planning for it, please do that first!

Also, vague answers. If the sole reason someone wants to work in our office (yes this actually happens!) is that they want to live in Ahmedabad, this probably isn't the place for them.

AND SOME ARCHITECTURE: BSF LIBRARY

On the BSF campus of Gandhinagar, the Swadhyay Reading Room, designed for the children of BSF wards, sits nestled under a beautiful green canopy. The building is comprised of two parts, a heavy, articulated ground and a light shade perched upon it. (From the website)

How do you gauge whether the work shown on someone's portfolio is really the applicant's work?

We read drawings closely and we ask detailed questions. Usually if the candidate hasn't made the drawing, it becomes apparent quickly!

We have interviewed some more practices on the same lines. You should check them out too. Check out banduksmithstudio here.

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