GAURAV MATHUR

Principal Architect РGMG Architecture 

A brief journey

Gaurav Mathur graduated from IIT Roorkee in 2003, and he learned a lot during his 19 to 20-year journey. He has held numerous leadership positions in various companies. He has led teams ranging from four to five people to 15 and even 20 people. In terms of design, he has been creatively involved in a variety of large-scale projects such as five-star hotels, hospitals, and residential developments.

This has enabled him as an individual to like have a holistic idea of what should be there in terms of materials, space planning and relevance of certain designs and practicality aspects and the maintenance aspects.  He has been through those kinds of buildings where the operations are very important, like the hotel buildings or the hospital buildings.

The journey has been so far very interesting and very developing.  He has worked as an entrepreneur for about one and a half years. Being the founder of the company, they are currently involved in all types of construction, but they are more focused on projects where the owner and user are the same. He is a lead AP as well as a sustainability specialist. The working method is quite different from typical contemporary architecture, as we incorporate many sustainable aspects in our initial designs, which cannot be done later.

Learning till now

Those who are about to graduate and have four to ten years of experience in our field. They are unable to distinguish between learning and institute. We architects have a penchant for the creative and glamorous. But sustainability is something that has come forward to us as a subject right now because we have gone through some phase of the pandemic and it has really guided us in thinking about things again and again. Having a responsible process of comprehending the requirement. We don’t just take out the pencil and start interacting with the client on the first day. We must first fully understand that requirement before preparing the OPR, which is the owner’s project requirement. Then we understand the business nuances, such as why they want to build the building or the entire master plan.

And once we’ve absorbed that information and comprehended their goals and objectives, we’ll begin sketching. We have the steps to prepare an OPR, and it eventually aids in rolling out certain possibilities of us retreating on that again, that there was something else which we missed, and the design does not convey that. We have seen in various companies that many people jump right to the design, which should not be the case. We’ve begun defining those terms in our system. Beyond the requirements, we have a specific design process, specific ways of defining space planning, and the space programme must be present. And there is certain step-by-step design that must occur, and this is the entire process.

There must be an integrated process

Basically, the challenges have always been a communication breakdown due to the lack of processes and algorithmic ways of defining a specific process. A questionnaire or some kind of interactive session or integrative process where things should fall into place one by one should be developed. We’ve seen processes fail because not all stakeholders were present at the start. Perhaps the IT consultant, landscaping consultant, or interior designer was not present at the start. Whether it is the architect, project manager, PMC, or whatever, an integrated process in the beginning, things start to fail in the later stages because a lot of design considerations of a landscaping consultant, an interior designer, or a structural consultant must happen right from the start. If the integrated process is not present, we repeat these steps and change the design.

Initiatives implemented

Our initiatives have been to have a very systematic design process and to be a good listener to the client, as well as to guide them on what might go wrong or what might be overlooked, or rather something that could turn out to be very good should not be overlooked. It’s not just bad things that could happen; there could be even better things. We should also be prepared for the future. We defined processes and may have become bogged down with the client. We try to take notes because it’s a very simple and interesting thing to do. We don’t just grab the pencil, AutoCAD. We will comprehend, debate, and comprehend the client’s objectives before implementing them. Second, we have a foundation of sustainable and healthy architecture. Because creating healthy spaces is becoming increasingly important around the world. And that is how we should approach every project in our opinion. To be continued >>