Good creative design was the mandate on which Annkur Khosla set up her Mumbai-based practise in 2009. Small spaces — be it apartments or retail spaces — proved to be a fertile ground to test her skills and get a bearing of the profession. A graduate from Academy of Architecture, Khosla got herself acquainted with varied design thoughts — whether it was learning Indian aesthetics through a post-graduate diploma at Jnanapravaha, or immersing in a distinct design culture at the New York School of Interior Design. Naturally, her understanding of design matured through these processes.
“The nature of design keeps evolving and it’s a constant tussle between one’s own ideology and people’s perception. Also, as one matures, one’s priorities in life get questioned. However, I firmly believe that the stand for avant-garde design has remained constant,” she says. Her design sense is growing with an increasing respect for humanity, which has led to creating meaningful spaces that are transformational for the inhabitants. With projects — residential and commercial — in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New York, Connecticut… this exploration of avant-garde design that is also human-centric has made Annkur Khosla Design Studio an award-winning practice.
Calling her work a “wonderful journey of creativity”, Khosla feels she is ready to broaden her horizon. More notably she would like to design at a larger government level — “but the direction has unfortunately not taken off”. When it does happen, she will be ready because within her unique path as an architect she is willing to “continuously endeavour to dramatically change lives through the path of design”. That’s why in the next decade or so she sees her firm taking newer directions. “I see partnership and collaboration on the anvil,” says the optimistic architect, who sees mistakes as stepping stones in one’s journey — “and no matter what, each one has their own share to attend to and grow.”

Looking Back

The penthouse project in Bengaluru was a defining project for the practice as it set the spirit of avant garde and experimental nature of design for Khosla. “This was a milestone to establish manifestation of thought. It also garnered us domestic and international recognition,” she adds.

Looking forward

Khosla is keen to see how a bungalow project in New York with the challenge to architecturally extend an existing structure will unfold, given that construction techniques differ from India. She also mentions an outstation project, a retail space of four floors, which is interesting because of challenges such as scale and structure.

 

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