I have experienced architecture through travel that emphasised the endless creative and technological possibilities found in art, architecture and design. It was during a visit to the exquisite Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan that I decided to pursue a course in the field of architecture. The temple is a masterpiece of architecture and is an eloquent testimony to the acumen of our master artists.
The detail in the surreal Kalpavriksh Leaf (the celestial tree) motif intricately carved in the marble ceiling at the entrance left an indelible impression and was the inspiration behind the name of my practice, Kalpavriksh.
Tell us about Kalpavriksh
Kalpavriksh is a design practice that offers architectural design consultancy services, set up in 2014. By means of a coherent approach, our objective is to create efficient, sensitive and responsible design. We craft spaces with an accentuation of details. Our USP is custom designed residences.
What drove you to become an Entrepreneur?
I set up Kalpavriksh to pursue my interest and passion in design and to see the design come to life. Architecture gives me the opportunity to engage in both creativity and technicality with the aesthetic and functional aspects of design.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
The rules, regulations, bylaws, orders and convenient manipulation of an art as Vaastu pose challenges in the process of design. Success and challenges both have been awaited and are always welcome.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
I believe it is yet to come – probably the day I engage in humanitarian architecture.
I set up Kalpavriksh to pursue my interest and passion in design and to see the design come to life.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My father – his nature and personality is the biggest inspiration of my life. Also, the philanthropic architecture by Pritzker laureate Ar Shigeru Ban – his tsunami relief housing in Sri Lanka and other disaster relief projects are a great inspiration!
How do you balance your work life and home life?
Planning and organising are vital skills for an architect. The key is to focus on a plan, get organised, and find the right balance between work and home.
What advice do you have for women starting out on their own?
Believe in yourself!
Can you recommend any organisations or networking groups that have particularly helped you on your journey?
My journey has just begun however, WeAreTheCity India is a great networking forum for budding entrepreneurs!
If you could ask for one thing to help propel your business what would it be?
What does the future hold for you?
An ever-evolving and inspiring design practise that creates built environment i.e. efficient and responsible. I aspire to craft built forms that outlive the depredations of time and inspire generations to strive to make the world a better place.
About Vaibhavi Shah
Born in Mumbai in 1986, Vaibhavi completed her graduation in 2008 at the SV College affiliated to JNAFA University in Hyderabad, in the field of architecture. Vaibhavi interned and worked as a project architect at Ar Sudhir Reddy’s office, where she got an opportunity to hone her technical and design skills. She has since worked intensively on various residential and institutional-type projects. Vaibhavi started her own practice in 2014. With a concentration on custom residential work, she aspires to become recognised as one of the finest architects of custom residences in the community.
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This article was provided by WeAreTheCity Hyderabad Committee Member, Anju Arora.