Ar. Akshat Bhatt: ARCHITECTURE DISCIPLINE, NEW DELHI
IFJ|January - February 2020
Architect Akshat Bhatt defines the importance of the union of global knowledge and indigenous resources in creating aesthetic and de-cluttered spaces
Sneha Kanrar

Founded by Ar. Akshat Bhatt, Delhi-based multi-disciplinary design firm Architecture Discipline believes in prioritizing every aspect of work down to the finest detail. Bhatt says, “We're proud of even the very small things we do. It could be a piece of jewellery or cutlery. I'm proud of different projects for diverse reasons. Architecture is not a competition but the business of architecture certainly is. Being a successful architect takes many years of hard work. I believe being an architect is more than just being a genius in abstract designs.”

The design philosophy of the firm highlights the emergence of an architectural expression that is contemporary, yet rooted in a critical understanding of regionalism. Bhatt has been actively engaged with the academic community of New Delhi, teaching at three architecture schools over the last 16 years. He is also a member of the Council of Architecture (India) and the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (India).Bhatt’s work has also garnered him acclaim from the Indian Government for his design of the India Pavilion at Hannover Messe, Germany.

Fascinated by architecture from the age of 13, Bhatt was initially enthralled by everything related to the field, from tools and tackle to multi-colored stationery. After he came across a rooftop extension in a college library by design studio COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Bhatt realized that architecture could be bold, edgy and progressive.

He completed the B. Arch. Degree from TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, and later, a diploma in architecture from University of East London, United Kingdom. In 2002, he started working with renowned architectural firms in the UK and India, Penoyre and Prasad in London followed by Jeff Kahane + Associates. “Both practices, to a great extent, helped develop my approach towards architecture. When I was studying in London, a lot of millennium projects were happening there. Hence, architecture was an everyday conversation among those travelling by public transport. In that process, I understood that architecture is an urban phenomenon that has a huge impact on people’s lives,” he says.

Guided by sensitivity to culture and the climate of the place, Bhatt works on a wide range of projects ranging from new building construction to renovations. He says, “We work from the scale of the city to the detail of a door handle.” Over the years, the firm has discovered various domains in architecture, including preservation architecture. Bhatt says, The beautiful thing about preservation is that you begin with something that already exists but requires beautification. By definition, a preservation project is an homage to earlier cultures and mentalities to which one adds a new dimension, function and an appeal.”

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