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CQ&A #10 Designers and advice they wish they got ft. MuseLAB Design Engine, Material Immaterial, Patch Design Studio, Rooshad Shroff and SHROFFLEóN:Here’s what they have to say to those thinking of start their own studio.

Sebastian Zachariah

“A majority of the younger generation and the industry itself seeks a false image out of photographers. And there are many who satisfy them because advertising especially thrives on constructed imageries.”

Anuj Daga

Anuj was the studio conductor for Mumbai Modern at the School of Environment and Architecture. Bombay/Mumbai Modern is a snapshot of twenty-four architectural projects in Mumbai, which expand the rubric of Modern architecture and what it is to be Modern in the city. The projects chosen here are so enmeshed in the city’s everyday that we often miss them.

Sharmila Chakravorty

Sharmila, with a graduate degree in Journalism, a Master’s in International Relations, and a diploma in Art Criticism and Theory, writes for architectural publications and alongside working in media and communications.

KANKARIA LAKE (NOVEMBER 2017) by ROBERT STEPHENS

My aerial photography work followed me! While air travel is not at all eco-friendly, all of my aerial photography work has been carbon-zero footprint, as I have never flown just to take photographs.

Tanya Khanna

"Epistle Communications helps design practices achieve access to better projects via proper project packaging and content curation."

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Showcase 31 Dec 2018

CQ Round-up: 5 Architecture-adjacent careers that are changing the field in India

In the architectural realm, the actual pen-to-paper design practice is the most focused-upon in terms of having a viable career, often distracting people from other options that are available to them. In 2018, CQ started exploring those other professions through a series of interviews with professionals occupying new or alternative roles within the industry, in our series CQ Alternatives as well as CQ&A.

Generally, an interest in architecture and a desire to pursue it professionally, lead one to believe that they need to become designers. Not the case. The business of architecture includes a number of supporting practices and services that are separate from the conceptualising and construction of structures. The architectural field is growing rapidly, incorporating shared spaces with other fields such as photography, journalism, content creation, communications and much more.

1. CQ&A 10 (Advice on Architecture)

They say experience is the best teacher. So who better to give you advice on a particular discipline than professionals that have put in the time and work in that field. Five architects/design studios tell you what to expect after you've graduated from architecture. Material Immaterial, MuseLAB Design Engine, Patch Design Studio, Rooshad Shroff and SHROFFLEóN give us their thoughts on life after being an architecture student, working in architecture, launching your own practice and the realities of the job.

CQ&A #10 Designers and advice they wish they got ft. MuseLAB Design Engine, Material Immaterial, Patch Design Studio, Rooshad Shroff and SHROFFLEóN:Here’s what they have to say to those thinking of start their own studio.

Check out the CQ&A here.

2. Sebastian Zachariah (Architectural Photography)

Leading architectural photographer Sebastian Zachariah explains the photo-documentation of spaces, buildings and other architectural structures and what it entails. Stepping away from aesthetics and artistic vision, architectural photography is a business. Working with clients, deadlines and other external factors are as much of a reality in this field as they are in any other profession. Sebastian walks us through some of his principles on capturing images, as well as the challenges and misconceptions encountered in the field and how the medium and content work together.

Sebastian Zachariah

“A majority of the younger generation and the industry itself seeks a false image out of photographers. And there are many who satisfy them because advertising especially thrives on constructed imageries.”

Get into the interview here.

3. Sharmila Chakravorty & Anuj Daga (Design / Architecture Writing)

A conversation with Sharmila Chakravorty and Anuj Daga on the field of architectural writing. The practice is growing in significance and is plagued with its own sets of misconceptions. Having studied History & Theory of Architecture at Yale's School of Architecture, Anuj Daga is of the opinion that “Writing about design can release a range of invisible nuances that an object may not lend easily.” Sharmila Chakravorty, a journalism graduate with a Master’s in International Relations and a diploma in Art Criticism and Theory, mentions, “Architecture will remain long after we perish. Writing records this history and perhaps even shapes it, indirectly.”

Anuj Daga

Anuj was the studio conductor for Mumbai Modern at the School of Environment and Architecture. Bombay/Mumbai Modern is a snapshot of twenty-four architectural projects in Mumbai, which expand the rubric of Modern architecture and what it is to be Modern in the city. The projects chosen here are so enmeshed in the city’s everyday that we often miss them.

Sharmila Chakravorty

Sharmila, with a graduate degree in Journalism, a Master’s in International Relations, and a diploma in Art Criticism and Theory, writes for architectural publications and alongside working in media and communications.

Get familiar with the writing genre here.

4. Aerial Photography by Robert Stephens

An interview with a principal at RMA Architects, Robert Stephens on aerial photography and older rare books and how they contribute to the documentation of urban development and a city's history. He explains, “Something unique in the human spirit awakens when provided a synoptic view of the natural and man-made world.” His latest project centred around Ahmedabad in 1915, sees the city expressed as a series of textures, patterns and colours.

KANKARIA LAKE (NOVEMBER 2017) by ROBERT STEPHENS

My aerial photography work followed me! While air travel is not at all eco-friendly, all of my aerial photography work has been carbon-zero footprint, as I have never flown just to take photographs.

Take a look at the interview here.

5. Epistle Communications by Tanya Khanna

An interview with Tanya Khanna, architect and founder of Epistle, about the opportunities and challenges involved in running a one of a kind communications agency in India. She mentions, “Indian design practices have traditionally shied away from communication activities, persisting instead, in modest and reclusive brilliance.” Aware of the untapped possibilities available in this genre, Tanya launched the Public Relations firm to help design practices access better projects through proper project packaging and content curation.

Tanya Khanna

"Epistle Communications helps design practices achieve access to better projects via proper project packaging and content curation."

Read up on Epistle here.

That’s it for #throwback Round-up articles in 2018. We will keep highlighting alternative career possibilities available to architects in 2019 as well. Check out other round-ups for the year, here.

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