October 20, 2018  | Download MP3 (80 MB)

AG#03: Parametricism & The Future of Architecture with Sushant Verma Part 02

On the second part of talking life & the future of architecture with Sushant Verma, we dig deep into topics such as parametric design, architectural education in India, design workshops as a new innovative medium for learning, and much more.

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Selected Links From This Episode

If you would like to get in touch with Sushant, find the links below

linkedin | instagram | twitter

And Check out his Studio


Rat-Lab Facebook Page

And his hybrid 6-month workshop on Parametric Design


Show Notes

[02:30] Why did you decide to quit Zaha Hadid Architects after a year?
[03:00] Fan of Frank Gehry (Sketches of Frank Gehry)
[05:00] MAK Schindler Program 6 Month Residency
[11:00] Workshops in Italy representing Rat-Lab
[13:30] Interview at LA in Gehry’s Office.
[15:00] Starting Rat-Lab in India
[15:40] When did you start getting into teaching?
[16:40] Hooke Park at AA, Robotics in-charge
[17:00] Rat-Lab Education was born and reinventing the design education.
[19:00] Teaching work seen as a software class in India
[20:00] Smart Labs & partnering with universities
[21:20] Rat-Lab Interiors Interiors using technology to create installations and art-work and collaborating with Furniture Designers, product designers & to rationalise the fabrication process and to optimise costs. New Pragati Maidan Centre
[23:00] Collaborating with 10 to 12 big architects of India and inculcating a collaborating culture 
[24:00] How do you deal with margins during collaboration with other Architects?
[28:00] Innovation & startups in the Architecture Industry
[30:00] Starting or being successful within a number of years in Architecture.
[32:00] Architecture Firms are not about a single Architect and companies do not grow that way. Working with teams & networking.
[34:00] Structuring the firm and having a co-founder working from Germany
[36:00] Implementing Parametric Design in the design Process.
[37:00] Analysing & optimising visibility in an auditorium of 6000 people
[39:00] Parametric design is not just a funky looking shape but it is much more than that. Parametric Design is high-end computation
[41:00] Grasshopper as a medium & an extension of Python & C#
[42:00] Dynamo for revit & integrating dynamo with grasshopper
[43:00] Maya has a polygon-meshing modelling system, 3ds max has a polygon-mesh, and rhino is a nurbs based modelling system. And the influence of BIM in the industry.
[44:00] Having knowledge of Virtual Reality & knowledge of Artificial Intelligence will become a new-normal for architects in the next 10 years.
[47:00] Architectural Education is a big market!
[48:00] Young graduates need to accept that what they learn in the 5 years of Bachelors is not enough.
[49:30] Idea of a sharing employee
[50:30] Having patience in Architecture
[51:00] Using knowledge online ~ lynda.com ~ smartlabs ~ MIT Design Lab
[52:00] Exhibition of Smartlabs in Chennai & COA
[52:30] Workshop culture on sustainability, bamboo, mud architecture, parametric design for structures & so on.
[53:00] Solution for Architecture Students ~ Multitask right from the beginning ~ Go watch TED Talks, MIT Media LAB, Lectures by AA, Lecture series by Sci-Arc
[54:00] Learn to be a graphic designer, journalist, entrepreneur, etc. while pursuing Architecture
[56:30] Every University is happy to buy 3D Printers
[57:30] What is your goal as an architect in bringing change to our world?
[59:30] Do you think AI would replace architects in the future?

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

- Frank Gehry


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