Aces of Space Design Awards 2019: Meet our jury member Yatin Patel
Yatin Patel, founder director of DSP Design Associates, shares his reasons for being on our jury and what he is looking forward to in the nominations
"Fraternity initiatives by Architect & Interiors India have in great sincerity been driven by merit. Their contributions in presenting aspiring architects with platforms that have been revered for years makes it a truly enriching experience to be a part of. It’s more for the mutual passion of promoting our industry that I choose to serve in this honorary capacity of a juror.
"Aces of Space has been conceptualised to honour both the aspiring and the accomplished. I am looking forward to seeing how young architects on the block have delivered newer perspectives to design and how the accomplished are making a difference by challenging the stereotypes. And of course, looking forward to making my contribution in recognising brilliant design ideas to foretelling its deserved share of recognition and limelight.
"Having been on the jury of many industry initiatives, I have realised that people usually end up with an information overload on the award nomination artboards, eventually missing out on emphasising the 'hero' objects of the design. In my opinion, fewer impactful visuals can deliver the concept much better than a pool of visuals marring the essence. It is, however, also imperative to ensure all points in the screening criteria are duly addressed.
"It is the end satisfaction of contributing to the promotion of architecture and design in India and recognising budding Indian talent, that draws me to serve on honorary panels. It is also a great opportunity to take up mentorship roles in lending insights from my global experience. I truly appreciate this invitation from Architect and Interiors India and wish them great luck for future endeavours."
ABOUT YATIN PATEL
Ranked as among the top 100 architectural practices in the world by WA100 2019, DSP Design Associates has clearly lived up to founder Yatin Patel’s vision. In 1988, when he first set up his firm, the goal was to build a multidisciplinary design firm that would reach pan India. With partners Mehul Shah and Bimal Desai, Patel has delivered more than 2,000 projects in over 40 cities, covering industries such as real estate developments, MNCs, IT campuses, hospitality and retail. "We use an approach that integrates research, strategy and design, and stir up transformative solutions that use space more productively, enhance organisational performance and allow people to connect with each other,” states the Mumbai-based architect.
A successful design, according to Patel, is one where the spaces spark joy and enhance productivity in an environment which is sustainable in letter and spirit. “It should be a reflection of the ideologies of the company in shapes, forms and spaces, a constant reminder to the people that this is the direction where we are all going together.” Living out this belief in the current scenario where architects are given less respect and professional fees are shrinking is a challenge, he admits. But on the flip side, technology has made a huge impact on the way projects have been designed. “Today, the impetus and perfection that we’ve achieved with technology makes it far easier to create a world of complex design possibilities with élan,” says the optimistic architect.