Twenty years ago, Pratap Jadhav started his practice from a friend’s small garage. He was inspired by the work done by older practices — especially by his architect father, Vasant Jadhav’s studio. He started off with small residential and office projects. “We evolved a questionnaire to define our client’s needs on paper. That became our signature [style] and [we] are still known [for our extensive questionnaires],” he shares.
Probably the biggest indication of his success is the clients he has bagged on the recommendation of his previous clients . As this network got bigger, so did the projects — hospitals, small and large offices, residences, restaurants, etc. His firm’s design philosophy — “timeless design solutions” — has remained steadfast. “It got refined with every project we designed, [but] hasn’t changed. What has evolved is our understanding and ability to handle spaces,” shares Jadhav, who received a Diploma in Interior Design from the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education.
Jadhav is focussed on capturing a sense of ‘Indianness’ in his works. “I have never been swayed by the influx of materials from the West or the influence that the Orient has had on the kind of readymade furniture [we use],” he explains. Now, as his 25 years of participation in IIID comes to an end and a new chapter begins (“I cannot think of my life without IIID”), he is looking forward to upending his design practice to a whole new level.
His advice to young architects is manifold. “Do not copy — recipes are for poor cooks, great chefs create them. Be Indian at heart and reference our culture for the spaces you deal with. Your design should reflect your client’s needs and likings, not yours. Remember we understand better what good design is, so educate your client and gift him a happy, healthy life.”

Looking Back

A corporate office project for German company, KSB Pumps, left a significant impact on his practice and catapulted it into a larger orbit.

Looking forward

The atelier has received an enquiry to design schools for a big institute. The need is to create an identity for the school that could be implemented across all their eight schools. The practice is keen to see how this project unfolds.

 

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