IFJ|January - February 2020
Ar. Sourabh Gupta talks about the role of architecture in nation-building

Studio Archohm was set up by Ar. Sourabh Gupta to experiment with various typologies of design projects. “I perceive life as a process of continuous evolution and learning and it has been a beautiful journey,” says Ar. Gupta. “Our portfolio showcases an amalgamation of typologies, scales and sectors of architectural works, infrastructure, furniture and product designs.” Under his leadership, the firm has grown in the last decade and a half and won many design competitions and commissions.

People from architecture, urban design, product design, graphic design and academia have come together to stimulate an unconventional design perspective at the inter-disciplinary firm. Gupta is passionate about engaging the design community and the academic fraternity in meaningful conversations and global collaborations. This has led to the formation of ‘design village’ (a design school), ‘design factory India’ (an experience design wing), ‘arch forum’ (workshops), ‘archotour’ (a 10-day annual expedition to design destinations) and ‘archohmeter’ (a periodic design newsletter). He has contributed to various national and international design events, forums and publications.

Gupta’s passion for design developed early. As a young boy, in the 10th grade, his elder sister (an interior designer) left a lasting impression upon him. “I saw her interacting with architects during the day and making drawings at night. That is what inspired me to become an architect,” he says. A graduate of CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gupta also received considerable exposure at the architecture school in Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands. “Archohm happened to me during my CEPT, Ahmedabad days while writing the research thesis on my hometown Meerut titled ‘The behaviour of streets’. My passion towards this field and my understanding of design matured from my exposure at Bouwkunde, the design school at the technical university of Delft,” he adds. The starting point of Archohm’s journey comprised a few small competitions and commissions of Japanese projects in Delhi. The firm struggled for survival initially in a highly-competitive industry until it won the 'Dilli Haat’ project. This acted as a turning point in Archohm’s journey.


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January - February 2020