Numerous cities in the modern world are adorned with beautiful luster due to the dynamic and magnificent nature of the residential and commercial skyline. As we drive past the smooth roads, tall buildings well dressed in elegant glass facades, beautiful landscapes, and a systematic line-up of commercial business hubs, all greet us with the enchanting smile of progress and prosperity.
As we enter a few residential or commercial properties, we feel the property’s beauty, richness, and energy, which flows from its various dimensions. The hands behind these unique creations are the Architects who plan from scientific, ergonomic, aesthetic and safety perspectives, crafting unique and classy structures.
Architects are the creators of any property’s complete structure and functional dimensions, which not just conceive but engage it with a lively soul. One company that stands testimony to this professional craftsmanship in the diverse real estate sector is Milind Pai Architects, led by their Principal Architect, Milind Pai.
In the interview with CioLook India, Ar. Milind Pai revealed the journey of his professional architectural consultancy, highlighting its significant aspects in the modern industry along with the numerous endeavors for the future.
Mr Pai, please enlighten our readers about Milind Pai Architects and its stronghold in the architecture and design industry.
Established in 1987, Milind Pai Architects is a multi-specialty firm undertaking projects in commercial, residential, institutional, healthcare and hospitality interiors and presently operates from a well-equipped office in Mumbai’s suburb of Andheri.
In 30 years of its existence, we have covered 30 cities in India and three out of India and executed more than 600 projects under various verticals.
Please tell us about yourself and shed some light on your professional tenure in the architecture and designing industry.
Since the establishment of Milind Pai – Architects & Designers in 1987, I have been striving to add value and expertise to its think – tank. A perfectionist by nature and with an uncompromising flair for innovations, adding new milestones for this firm has been a constant practice.
The firm has never hesitated in accepting projects in various verticals involving design expertise. On a personal front, I love to travel a lot and have been to several exotic destinations around the world. I like to study the varied cultures around the world and love photography.
Personally, I love meeting people and interacting with them. This is also being the one crucial trait people think that has led the firm to complete projects in 30 cities in India and three projects internationally.
What was your inspiration behind venturing into the architecture and designing sector?
The basic inspiration is, in fact, that you must be the best in the niche you are catering to. It is said that ‘Winners don’t do different things but do their things differently.’ We strongly believe in this philosophy.
What were the initial challenges after venturing into the architecture and designing sector, and looking at the current industry scenario, what are the challenges now?
After venturing into this industry as a budding professional, our major challenges were building from nothing, getting clients and gaining their trust as a foundation for our firm, completing projects with client satisfaction, detailed finishing and precision and building an established brand name and identity. And now that we are a well-established brand, sustaining our older challenges and overcoming new ones as we set more unique milestones.
What services and solutions do you provide to your clients?
Our well-trained design team undertakes professional designing jobs and executes them in close coordination with various agencies engaged for the job. We have a well-equipped team with complete facilities for end-to-end design solutions.
We produce drawings in AutoCAD and 3DMax formats, besides other supporting software for design, presentations, and technical matters. We undertake to provide a total end-to-end solution from conceiving to successfully handing over a completely immaculate project.
What are the immersive benefits of these services or solutions?
As a well-established brand, we have basic standards and ethics that can’t be altered to maintain our quality of service to our clients. Hence these standards make our projects practical, user-friendly, and unique.
What are the USPs that make Milind Pai Architects stand out as a trusted company in the architecture and designing sector?
Our design philosophy is a simple extension of ‘Form follows Function.’ The spaces we design are a result of a comprehensive analysis of the client’s requirements and functions. Our passion comes from converting these spaces into comprehensive design solutions that blend into the occupants’ cultural, physical, and emotional needs.
This is what maintains our client’s trust in our organization. Also, we need to upgrade our skill set constantly, never to be left behind in any new developments and end up without being trendsetters in our profession.
As an established industry leader, what would be your advice to the budding entrepreneurs and enthusiasts aspiring to venture into the architecture and designing sector?
Our advice to budding architects and designers would be to excel in whatever you are doing and be far ahead of your competitors. Work on continuous short-term goals with little variable options but focus on your long-term goal.
There would be many downfalls in your whole career before establishing yourself, but you should always keep one thing in mind: ‘Never give up and bounce back after every setback.’
How do you envision further scaling Milind Pai Architects’ stronghold in 2022 and beyond?
Our extreme zest to analyze the clients’ need and develop the designs totally from their perspective—is the philosophy we have adhered to right—from our initial days in the profession.
As a part of our regular design process, our firm deeply studies the various aspects of the client, like his family, profession, physical and emotional needs, temperament, budgets, aesthetical expectations, design style and exposure, the client’s peers, and competitors and even the client’s energy levels and work-life discipline.
We avoid getting emotionally attached to a singular design style and not losing our creativity and interest in exploring newer and bolder ideas. And through this vision, we see ourselves further strengthening our stronghold in the coming years.