The Unknown Render challenge - Winner!
My name is Purva Jain. I was born and raised in the city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in India. My formative years growing up was the biggest influence in my pursuit of design as a profession because I saw the timeless architecture in the culturally and design rich Udaipur. I pursued Interior design diploma from Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic post high school and worked as a Interior designer for two firms for a couple of years after graduation. I translated that professional experience that I gained working for other firms into my own design firm that I started and grew for 5 years in Udaipur honoring local and contemporary works into my design. My desire to grow as a design professional lead me to Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at University of Houston where I received an Masters in Architecture. I took a gap of 4 years post my architecture degree to grow my family and now I am going to be starting work as an Interior designer/Architecture associate at a renowned firm in Houston where I would be able to work on live projects integrating my design philosophy of socially responsible architecture.
1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
My name is Purva Jain. I currently reside in Houston, Texas USA. I come from a city called Udaipur in Rajasthan, India which has architecturally and culturally rich heritage which was a formative source of my design inspiration. I am an Architectural and Interior designer with 5 years of work experience. I studied Interior design from Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic, Mumbai, India and furthered my design education by getting Masters in Architecture from Gerald D Hines College of Architecture at University of Houston in Texas, USA.
2. What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy revolves much around nurturing human emotions that are driven by the culmination of all the senses and mother nature while practising pragmatic architecture. I am a designer who thrives by identifying functional aspects to a design that have social, environmental and emotional woven into it. I would like to highlight this through idea through a project I worked on during my graduate work where I designed a juvenile detention center with the aim of reducing recidivism in kids by exploring the role architecture could play for the same. The outcome was a design that aided in enhanced sense of freedom for the residents through the interplay of spatial interplay of light, sound and the surrounding nature even in a restricted setting.
3. `Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
Change and evolution has been like a law that has stayed with human beings in all and every aspect of life through time. Architecture has dealt with that evolution too. This evolution has been a gradual phenomenon which makes any change an obvious but events like the Covid pandemic bring a step change. The impact of such step changes weather they are driven by a pandemic or rapid advancement in technology or social and climate related upheavals I believe brings us squarely into the unknown. The source of my ideas for this challenge came from introspection and how pandemic brought this step change to me and my loved one’s life where we all felt spatially and emotionally stuck. The digital world was the only escape which allowed us to connect with our loved ones on a personal level and colleagues professionally. It also allowed us to live vicariously through the digital content and connect with the life that we all have missed living. The length of this ordeal was something that I did not want to go through again and I started to explore the things that I could do architecturally and via design so the future with such unknowns is more tolerable and that’s what I translated into my design.
4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
My first connection with architecture was emotional growing up in a city (Udaipur, Rajasthan, India) replete with centuries old forts, palaces, temples with beautiful and awe inspiring designs that transcend time over myriad of landscapes such as hills, plains and over water. Later in life, when I translated that emotional connect into a professional interior design career. I was introduced to architecture during my first internship where I saw beautiful designs grow organically through my colleagues working together, having discussions, sharing ideas and transforming them into functional spaces. Through them I learnt a new perspective of looking at design as a whole weather it is the outside or inside of a space and then on my love for architecture blossomed.
5. What does architecture mean to you?
To me, architecture is a way of thinking and expressing that vision on a blank canvas.
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