This is about Architect Sangeet Sharma – some known and some untold stories regarding his life and work. SURFACES REPORTER made this the Cover Story because we felt that this conversation is important and should be shared with the design fraternity.
It is definitely a great blessing to have someone in the family who has reached the pinnacle of success in a particular field. When the next generation joins the same field of work, they are likely to be bestowed with established work, recognition, knowledge, and network. There is always a mentor and guide to go back to, and there is hardly any room for error.
The entry of second-generation ushers new energy & ideas. However, it is also likely that the long line sketched by the seniors may sometimes become difficult and heavy for others to maintain. If expectations are high, this may lead to pressure. We wanted to address this issue and come out with some positive ideas & outcomes.
Being an ardent admirer of legendary Architect Shivdatt Sharma, and knowing the fact that his son, architect Sangeet Sharma is doing equally well and in fact excelling in more than one field of work, SURFACES REPORTER was curious to find answers to some of our questions through an interaction with the multifaceted, second-generation architect.
- How to handle the burden of over-expectations?
- What are the opportunities and obstacles of working under first-generation star performers?
- When the line drawn by one generation is long, how to drive such firms? How to work under the shadow and outside of it?
- Is it possible to work under the wings while also grow one’s own wings and build own identity?
- How to win over the dilemma of whether to ‘live under the shadow, grow or outgrow’
- What are the secrets of success for a second-generation architect whose first generation has delivered superlative projects?
Ar Sharma opened up with SURFCAES REPORTER to share myriad memories, some for the first time in his life. Here is an excerpt from the conversation which throws light to most of the questions we have raised. Share your opinion with us at PRESS@SURFACESREPORTER.COM
Sangeet Sharma is an architect based out of Chandigarh. Other than being a partner in SD Sharma & Associates, he is a published author of a bestseller, TEDx speaker, trained singer & guitarist, educationist, poet and a motivational speaker.
The firm SD Sharma & Associates was founded by Architect Shivdatt Sharma in 1980. Many senior architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, estimators and other technical staff assist the firm, which has built a name as one of the leading consulting companies of the region.
In the last 40 years it has to its credit many prestigious Hospitals, Institutional buildings, Auditoriums, Housings, Trade centres and Advanced Technical buildings like Animal Houses, Pilot Plant, Roadways, Workshops for various services including highly advanced cold rooms and hospitals and mortuaries etc. The team provides total consultancy services of architecture, structure and execution under one roof.
Ar Sangeet Sharma has been conferred Honorary Doctorate by Berkeley University. His architecture is termed as ‘cubist modernism’ and is highly influenced by Chandigarh.
He is widely published, awarded and featured in prestigious journals in India and abroad. Ar Sharma has authored five cult books on architecture; his latest “Castles in the Air” took the profession by storm. He has been awarded two literary awards in authorship including ‘National Book Honour Award’-2017. He is also a poet and has penned his poems in English under the tile “The Touch of Moon”. He was awarded the ‘Poet of the year’ by the poetry society.
He had delivered almost hundred and fifty talks including in many Universities abroad.
How would you describe about your inspiration in Architecture?
My inspiration is architecture is two words, i.e., Delight and Human Values. This is the basis of my work. From satisfying self to satisfying the masses, this is how I feel inspired to work.
My first and foremost Guru is my father Ar Shiv Dutt Sharma, from whom I have learnt the nuisances of architecture. He has worked with the likes of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeannette for building the Chandigarh city. I have seen him being immensely involved in his work day and night, sharpening pencils, creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings, visiting sites with him etc. It cultivated a curiosity in me about the work he was doing. When I started studying architecture, I learnt about his philosophy and works and started seeing him as beyond my father. At 88 years, he is still actively working which is a matter of pride for us.
Your Architectural Philosophy:
My architecture should always be showing you something more- something beyond, that which is ahead of the visible.
In every frame I want geometry to roll and play an important part of cohesion and suspension.
I want my buildings to surpass the requirements of the client, or the bare necessities of the building – it is the predominance of the art in the form, and the nature which is beyond the visible that makes my architecture volatile.
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