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‘The study of architecture widens your horizons’

An architect shares the mantra to succeed in the field



Architect Priyanka Jaiswar does not believe in limiting herself to any particular genre. To succeed in a creative field like architecture, one should be open to exploring new things, says the alumna of Apeejay Institute of Technology- School of Architecture and Planning (AIT-SAP).


How would you describe your time at AIT-SAP?

My time at AIT-SAP was remarkable. I spent the best phase of my life at the institute. Initially, I took admission into Architecture as I didn’t want to take the conventional path of engineering. But after joining the course, I learnt so much about the subject and enjoyed it too! It has been almost eight years that I have been working in the field and I am enjoying it every day.  

Take us through your professional journey.

I joined my first architecture firm Anuj Agarwal Architect Pvt Ltd within seven days of submitting my thesis. In 2018, I joined Rudrabhishek Enterprises Ltd as a senior executive architect. Last year, I moved to Jacobs Engineering Group as an associate architect. My core area of expertise was housing projects, but at Jacobs, I am exploring industrial projects.

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Can you tell us more about your job role at Jacobs?

At Jacobs, I am working on pharmaceutical projects like Cadila, Cipla, Dabur, and so on. I am controlling the projects from start to finish to deliver high-quality, innovative, and functional designs based on the varying needs of the clients.

How have industrial projects evolved over time? What are some of the key features of pharma projects?

When it comes to housing projects, the client prioritises building orientation, wind flow, lighting, safety issues, and so on, not to mention a preference for minimalistic design. In industrial projects, it is crucial to have safety and environmental norms in place. In the case of pharma projects, the various types of medicines and salts that are prepared emit gases, which need to be filtered before exit. Besides, the medicines have to be kept in a safe and secure place, free from dust particles, which is also something we ensure as architects.

What have you learnt from your journey as an architect?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions — this has been my biggest learning over the years. You should also try to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.

Is it also the mantra for being successful as an architect?

Architecture is not easy, but once you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, you can reach new heights. Architecture is not just limited to buildings but is present everywhere. This field widens your horizons.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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