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The Doshis, Manish and Malini, and more recently their son Malay, are all architects from CEPT, Ahmedabad. Through Studio Saransh, they bring to life a combination of evolving ideas.

What drew you to architecture?

Malini: I first heard about architecture as a professional option at a lecture in school and made an instant connect - my life’s most important decision was made in that instant. I applied to several colleges, made it into all and chose the best – the School of Architecture at CEPT in Ahmedabad! CEPT is a life changing institute - it makes one idealistic about everything in life, including architecture.

Manish: I was very good at drawing but never knew that my artistic capabilities would connect me to architecture, as I was following my parents’ dream of becoming a doctor. However, I couldn’t get enough marks to make it into a medical college and someone suggested I should try applying for architecture at CEPT due to my drawing skills. Thankfully I made it into CEPT I wonder if I would ever have been able to succeed in the medical profession for which I have no inclination.

How did Studio Saransh come about?

Malini: After graduation in 1990, Manish started working with Ar. B.V. Doshi and after our marriage in 1992 I joined the same office. As we started getting our first projects, we decided to quit our jobs one at a time and focus on building our own practice. In 1994, we formulated our partnership firm by the name of Saransh Architects & Interior Designers. It wasn’t an easy start - after the first two projects, work dried up for a while and we almost decided to quit and go back to jobs. But then we were advised that work or no work, one has to give a new start up at least three years to establish. So we didn’t quit and decided to give the practice a chance to survive. Work picked up for a while and we had a few projects but it still was a struggle and a couple of years later we did think of immigrating to New Zealand and again going back to jobs. Thankfully we persisted and we are where we are today!

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