iGEN 2019

24 Apr 2019
From designers who were once inclined to be CAs to IIM graduates who found their true calling in reviving skilled carpentry, this diverse group is truly passionate about design and willing to pay the price to pursue their dreams. Read on to find out more, as they take the 10-year challenge to mark our decade of existence.

IGEN 2019 - Aarushi Bafna
Hailing from Jaipur, a city rich in handicrafts and art, Aarushi Bafna remembers being always surrounded by design in its more...
IGEN  2019 -Abdulla Kutty
For Abdulla Kutty, the legendary Geoffrey Bawa will always remain a favourite – given the timeless nature of his work more...
IGEN 2019 - Ali Bakir Baldiwala
For Ali Bakir Baldiwala, it is all in the family. As he says, “Having an interior designer for a father more...
IGEN 2019 - Ammar Shums
Walking through the lanes of old Ahmedabad on his way to his father’s shop, a young Ammar Shums was intrigued more...
IGEN 2019 - Anirban Dutta
Design can have a direct psychological impact on the behaviour and productivity of users, believes Anirban Dutta, who started his more...
IGEN 2019 - Ankita Baid
I don’t agree with minimalism in design. I believe that design should be extravagant in the sense of detail and more...
IGEN 2019 - Archana Baid
While the advertising field was an attraction initially, a diploma in Interior Design & Decoration from the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai more...
IGEN 2019 - Aslam Karadan & Sham Salim
Seeing drawings of his family home as a child...and then trying out his own versions drew 27-year-old Sham Salim towards more...
IGEN 2019 - Atri Shah
It was a simple kitchen refurbishment supervised by his mother that got Atri Shah thinking about design. “It was when more...
IGEN 2019 - Bhavana Kumar
When her parents began to build their exposed brick and stone family home, Bhavana Kumar was six years old. She more...
IGEN 2019 - Bhumika Patel
Bhumika Patel attributes her architectural inclinations to her father, an architect himself. “I still remember him hand drafting designs on more...
IGEN 2019 - Chiranjivi Lunkad
Even before she joined the Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s School of Interior Design (MMSID), Pune, where she first studied interior design more...
IGEN 2019 - Dhaval Patel
Dhaval Patel admits to “multiple tastes in design.” The 29-year-old interior designer currently helms a flourishing solo practice — DPA more...
IGEN 2019 - Dhaval Shah & Mayank Parekh
The first day of 2011 is one that Dhaval Shah and Mayank Parekh won’t forget in a hurry. It marked more...
IGEN 2019 - Elayaraja Mayavan
As a small-town boy who grew up in a Tamil Nadu village, Elayaraja Mayavan’s fascination with architecture grew as he more...
IGEN 2019 - Gargi De
Her travel to Egypt on a holiday was when Gargi De’s interest in architecture was sparked. She did her B.Arch more...
IGEN 2019 - Gaurav Kankariya
For Gaurav Kankariya, a predilection for interior design was natural – as both his parents belong to the same field, more...
IGEN 2019 - Hitesh Sharma
Reading about George Nakashima – American woodworker, architect and furniture maker, as well as father of the American craft movement more...
Kamalika Bose
Kamalika Bose distinctly remembers visiting her maternal aunt and uncle, who are practising architects, during her summer vacation when she more...
IGEN 2019 - Kiraan Aggarwal
There’s nothing head-in-the-clouds about Studio Querencia. While admittedly its name may sound romantic, even faintly redolent of fairy tales, the more...
IGEN 2019 - Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar
Arigorous architecture programme at Parsons School of Design, New York, proved to be a solid foundation for Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar’s more...
IGEN 2019 - Manuraj CR
For Manuraj CR, art was a part of life as his father is an artist. The love for art translated more...
IGEN 2019 - Mayur Gujare
Architecture didn’t come naturally or easily to Mayur Gujare. It’s been a story of finding a calling by process of more...
Mayur Naginchandra Mehta
It takes a wrong career move to get to the right one. During his chartered accountancy studies, Mayur N Mehta more...
IGEN 2019 - Megha Bhatia
A visit to an aunt in Versova who is an interior designer, is her earliest recollection of being drawn towards more...
IGEN 2019 - Megha Patel-Vadodaria
The simplest thing I learned at the school was that the journey and the process of making is far more more...
IGEN 2019 - Mitali Aharam
At the age of 10, her fascination with design was fuelled by her move from Saudi Arabia to India, when more...
IGEN 2019 - Naini Mehta Shah & Jay Vidyut Shah
His pull towards architecture and design saw its origin during his school days. When assigned to create a simple two-dimensional more...
IGEN 2019 - Nihad Ovungal
While growing up, I was always fascinated by façades, landscapes blended in projects,” begins architect Nihad Ovungal. The love for more...
Niyoshi Sanghvi
The appreciation of art, sculpture and great design comes from a seed of curiosity that Niyoshi Sanghvi’s father planted in more...
IGEN 2019 - Radeesh R Shetty
Radeesh R Shetty has been fascinated with design since his childhood, and was propelled by a desire to know how more...
IGEN 2019 - Raghav Patel & Ramesh Lohar
Raghav Patel and Ramesh Lohar founded R+R Architects over a meeting of their minds. The two professionals, one an architect more...
IGEN 2019 - Rajesh Shivaram
Coming from a family of doctors and engineers, architecture wasn’t Rajesh Shivaram’s first choice. His love for nature and landscape more...
IGEN 2019 - Rashi Bothra & Ruchi Gehani
Since we were kids, we always had a knack for designing and doing creative stuff,” say 27-year-old Rashi Bothra and more...
IGEN 2019 - Ritu Chanekar
Ritu Chanekar chose to become an architect because she felt it was a very creative profession and was drawn by more...
IGEN 2019 - Rohit Palakkal
An introvert by personality, Rohit Palakkal remembers being a keen observer and an inquisitive learner as a kid, loving to more...
IGEN 2019 - Rohit Suraj
Design confounds my being almost 24/7. I do little else,” says Rohit Suraj. The purpose of an architect, according to more...
IGEN 2019 - Samarth Das
An early exposure to his father PK Das’ work, which involves running a leading architectural firm (PK Das & Associates) more...
IGEN 2019 -  Sanjana Mathur
My parents are architects themselves… and when I was a child, they used to work out of the house. So more...
IGEN 2019 -  Sanjyt Syngh
I remember being called a destructive child by my father,” laughs Sanjyt Syngh. “I was always inquisitive about how things more...
IGEN 2019 - Shruti & Gopal Tanwani
It was the desire to be his own boss that drove Gopal Tanwani, hailing from a business family, to architecture. more...
IGEN 2019 - Takbir Fatima
Design is so ingrained in Takbir Fatima, that most of her hobbies and activities are related to the profession itself. more...
IGEN 2019 - Tara Pandala & Ajay Abey
Tara Pandala and Ajay Abey were both drawn to architecture for different reasons. Pandala’s interest began as a young girl more...

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