ABOUT ME

Gurkirat

intern

GURKIRAT SINGH

Enter into the mind of others;
and allow them into yours.

I believe that the biggest strength a designer can possess is attentive empathy, to be able to adopt other people’s perspective when interacting with them.

Growing up in a modernist city in India, as the first generation in the family to be brought up in an urban landscape, I always wondered why my city looks so different from all the other places I’ve been to. Exposed brick and concrete buildings looked unfinished to me, straight and wide streets seemed uninteresting. 

Then one day I saw a foreign name, that I could barely pronounce, printed next to a map of my city on a diary that my father gave me. When I asked him about it, he told me that “Karbugier” was the “argeetekt” who “made” the city. This was my first introduction to the Master, and the word – architect. 

Upon reading more and more about him and his legacy, it felt like everything had started to make sense. How he along with Jeanneret, Fry and Drew  designed every nook and cranny of the city to the advantage of citizens, like a highly efficient machine. How my neighborhood park and weekly farmer markets were a part of the plan and not just negative spaces filled in, how the manhole covers were meant to help me navigate around the city, how my favorite place in the city, the lake, existed because of the strokes that the Master made on paper, the exposed buildings became a symbol of staying true to what you are on the inside. The Edict became a scripture to me. That’s how his vision shaped my livelihood and my future. What led to this realization was merely an effort to adopt a perspective!

Therefore, I strive to be an active observer of my own thoughts as well as the world outside, to channelize my intent and actions towards constructing more tranquil environments, to chase discomfort, dive in to test the depths, and most importantly, to be fluid.

SERVICES

This is what I do.

TIMELINE

Highlights.

2019

Architectural Thesis

Prototype equine habitat for training and retreat.
2018

Raj Bhawan 2.0

Designing a convention center for the Governor of Chandigarh (Shortlisted - Top 5)
2018-2019

Chandigarh Association of Student-Architects

President
2017

Louis I. Kahn Trophy - Established by B.V. Doshi & UNESCO

for Documentation of Endangered Architectural Heritage (Winner)
2016

Annual NASA* Design Competition

Top 17 - Representation as an Intervention - McLeodganj (HQ of Tibetan Government in Exile, residence of HH Dalai Lama)
2016-2017

National Association of Students of Architecture, India

Unit Secretary
TESTIMONIALS

They love us.

Incredible as always.

Mark Eganberg

This guys have excellent taste,modeling, texturing & rendering skills.

Jennifer Hilbertson

The design fits in with what I would perceive as being Icelandic, the high wooden roof design and linear slatted interior elements and colours.

Lesley Grand