Business of Architecture in India with Madhu Kuruvilla | AG 20

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In this episode, you will get to hear the story of Architect Madhu Kuruvilla and his views on the Business of Architecture in India.

We dwell on a whole host of topics such as how to start a firm, how to register your firm, scope of work, time management, building your contacts, importance of social media, importance of knowing basic Vastu as an Architect and a whole lot more.

Madhu Kuruvilla completed his Bachelor of Architecture from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur and then went on to work a renowned Architect in Bangalore, Nikki Thomas. 

He then joined Kabir Hira Architects, wherein he worked for almost 6 years before starting his own practice. He has since completed over 75+ built projects ranging from Residences, Interiors, Hospitality, Commercial, and Retail. 

He believes in living in the present and working hard.

(2:00) How Madhu Kuruvilla got into Architecture?
(3:40) Studying in SIT Tumkur
(4:45) Joining Training with a renowned Architect in Bangalore, Architect Nikki Thomas.
(5:55) Joining Kabir Hira Architects – a renowned Architecture firm in Bangalore. Handling your own projects and becoming a workaholic
(8:15) Being the office boy!
 (10:15) Taking a two month break from work and contemplating what to do next.
(12:00) Working 12 hours a day
Part II
(13:30) Business of Architecture 
How much do you charge a client?
(15:30) What was the scope of work given to clients?
(16:30) What was the type of projects that he started with?
(17:20) How did you build your contacts?
(18:30) How do you start off working as an Independent Architect? And working out of his garage.
(20:00) When do you decide to hire people?
(21:30) How do you decide a timeframe or timeline for a project?
(22:40) Taking a retainer before you start the project.
(23:50) Taking up Interior Design Projects as an Architect.
(25:00) The importance of social media in running an Architecture firm.
(30:50) The importance of knowing Vastu as an Architect in India.
(34:00) Time management for Architects
(38:00) Managing time with clients
(41:00) Getting associated with builders as an Architect.
(42:30) Preparing an estimate for your client
(46:00) Registrations required to practice as an Architect in India.
(49:00) Registering your Architecture firm or company.
(50:00) Filing taxes as an Architect
(51:00) Completing about 75 projects and his favourites.
(55:30) Future plans for Madhu Kuruvilla Architects
(59:00) Craze for biking and weekend bike rides

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