CULTURALLY RICH IN DESIGNS – STUDIO ARC.S Meet Architect Sumati Aggarwal – the designer giving shapes to the Roots.
Keeping the pace of trend with the roots of Art and Culture combined aesthetically, Studio ARC.S gives life to the designs with minute care and precision. The team believes that sticking to the roots gives the best solutions. Indeed, they provide solutions through their aesthetic art and design in the spaces.
STUDIO ARC.S , a dream nurtured by AR. SUMATI AGGARWAL. With a passion of creating something distinctive, she has successfully executed huge array of projects of varied nature such as residential, commercial, industrial, corporate, hospitality and many more. However industrial, hospitality and corporate has been her forte and major area of interest. She enjoys creating experiences through spaces that heighten the awareness of senses. She finds it stimulating to think of design along with project economics and budgeting, the challenges of efficient project management, quality control and finally the reality of maintenance post client occupancy. She is very positive and coherent in her approach towards designing.
Studio Arc.S has been set up with the idea of collaborating Design expertise in the field of Architecture, interiors and product designing.
Studio Arc.S is a small team of dedicated professionals who believes in providing personal touch in overseeing each and every designing element with detail, care and precision. Our passion is to get involved in different fields and scales of design. We believe this non-restrictive path invigorates and enriches our practice and opens up exciting possibilities within a larger design domain.
We at Studio Arc.S believe in creating –
– Homes not houses
– Recreational Fun work spaces not offices
– Luxury Condominiums not hotel rooms
– Fun Learning Centre not school
Architect Sumati Aggarwal was born and brought up in Delhi to a simple normal middle-class family of North Delhi. A studious student who had been always a topper in school had won her challenges with her passion and never giving up attitude. She prepared for engineering but when She couldn’t avail her favourite college, she chose Ramjas college, Delhi university to pursue electronics(H). However, she couldn’t find what she desired there. Her mind ran towards her passion. . She cleared the exams with flying colours and opted to do B.Arch from Vastu Kala academy, IP University in 2004. She describes her architectural college journey to be very wonderful.
She States ,
“I attended a lot of exhibitions, workshops and many other possible seminars as new learning opportunities. I did a few summer internships as well with architects and designers, which aroused my keen interest towards interior designing.”
After Graduating as an architect in 2009, she decided to pursue Post graduation in Interior Designing from CEPT Ahmedabad, but was not allowed to do so as her father had always wanted her to settle down. Hence, she did a job for a year in Delhi and meanwhile got an opportunity of working for her own project in the heart of Delhi – Daryaganj. She quit her job and started her dream Studio Arc.S in 2010. The project was a commercial building for a reputed refrigeration store. It was very challenging as they had to demolish the existing and reconstruct the building.
“But I always believe: ‘Challenges make your project more engaging’.”
“I always enjoyed challenging projects and old Delhi is full of that. We did a small shop interior in Chawri Bazaar too. I started my office at Netaji Subhash place, I designed many small offices there.
Although as I was from a middle-class family, I did many projects for my relatives too thinking that I will get good references from them, but it was only through my clients’ word of mouth I received my next few projects. I designed many offices, my office vicinity, which get me good leads from Noida, Greater Noida projects, they were mainly commercial and industrial projects, a few residential projects were also there.”
Further she adds,
“I did a 4-acre industrial building in Greater Noida, which became the landmark there because of the colours we have used in it. It was my first completely Vaastu oriented project. Each project I did has taught me many things. I believed in myself and my Destiny which brought a lot of positivity which I always put in my projects.”
Architect Sumati got married in 2015 to Sachin, a treasury person with a keen interest towards local art, interiors and fashion. He supports her in every way and she continues to win her challenges with a 4-year-old daughter. She says,
“I never stopped working as I am meant only to work for my passion. I completed my post graduate diploma in Project Management, from NICMAR in 2017.”
The architect started up with a corporate office in Okhla, which was a theme-based office. The Project is OSTRO ENERGY PVT. LTD. based at Mira Corporate Suites, Okhla, Delhi. The Clients were very keen to get an eclectic designing done from them and wanted to have a space where they could feel the concept of what they were doing. They were into production of light energy through windmills (i.e., the wind energy). She states,
“We have designed their office on the very similar concept, where we have used the colours depicting only wind and light, which are, grey blue and yellow, majorly. All the furniture schemes are kept very light so that the whole theme is maintained.
The use of waste materials is kept in mind as reusing the waste products in one of challenges that we often take in our projects, to minimize the budgets as well as wastage of the resources. The lights which are used in the office are ordinary LED bulbs fitted in onsite GI Pipe structures (painted black).”
She opines that there were two directors of the company, both their cabins were placed next to each other, with a lot of open space inside to maintain the concept of ” Walk when you talk”. The offices were very simple with a highlighter wall having a beautiful painting, which also depicts wind energy transforming into light energy and lighting up the whole area.
The Architect to our wonders has done Virender Sehwag’s Farmhouse, redesigned Chaudhary Bansilal Cricket stadium, Lahli, where Sachin Tendulkar played his last Ranji Trophy Match.
Her journey as an architecture is indeed quite challenging yet fruitful.
“We are now doing a resort at Jim Corbett. Also did the renovations for Mapple Hermitage Bhimtal (Now the Prince residency). We have worked on a few high-end luxury residences as well.”
The Architect is certainly an embodiment of women empowerment. To the aspiring talents, she shares her words specially for the students of this domain,
“For upcoming professionals, I would only say that do everything passionately with all your heart and emotions with a lot of hard and smart work and success will automatically follow. Keep learning from the smallest experience. Be grounded and initially design whatever comes your way.”
About her future plans she says,
We have a few schools, and a few resorts in our pipeline coming in future. Apart from all this I always wish to have my personal store of fusion furniture and local art through which I can promote the culture of India.”
She winds up by saying,
“Be Local be focal”
We wish Architect Sumati and her Studio ARC.S all the very best for their future endeavours!