“I think that, to produce excellent design, the architect must put aside his or her own ego.”
APURVA PATHAK ASSOCIATE REGISTERED ARCHITECT (UK) apurvap@ignitearchitects.com

If I hadn’t pursued this career, I would probably have been an astronomer.

My father worked for India Space Research and, ever since I was little, I’ve loved star gazing. When I was 10 my father bought me a whole lot of books about the stars and planets and encouraged me to make my own telescope. I did so and, in 1986, viewed Halley’s Comet through it, which was quite an achievement at the time.

Way back, I had this idea that it would be interesting to translate ideas into reality. After a while it struck me that becoming an architect would be one way of doing that. The profession is artistic and analytical, requiring analysis and synthesis using both left and right brain.

I think that, to produce excellent design, the architect must put aside his or her own ego. After all, the architect is supposed to be a neutral interpreter of the client’s vision. In my opinion the design process is actually a very spiritual and meditative one – the better you know yourself, the better you become. 

Before joining Ignite, I spent a decade working for an Indian firm whose projects took me throughout the Middle East and Africa. My role was project management, liaising between the design team and the contractors on site, and I spent time on projects in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as in Rwanda.

Working in the Middle East and Africa has made me passionate about sustainability. During my 10 years in the Middle East, I observed resources like energy being used in a very wasteful way because they were cheap. By contrast, when I lived in Africa I saw people living in extreme poverty – this disparity really shaped my view.

In my free time I enjoy writing. In the past I’ve written for Indian architecture publications and I also have my own blog, Juxt-A-Position. It covers a range of topics, from architecture and design management to sustainability, project management and my travels.