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Neha Kulkarni, AUM Architects, Gurgaon
Neha Kulkarni is a graduate of the Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. She co-founded AUM Architects in 1990 with her partner Nirmal Kulkarni. Over the last three decades the firm has won both National and International recognition. Education is a perennial and symbiotic process. This keeps her connected with academics where she shares her professional experience with students and keeps updating herself with modern day trends and technology. A strong believer in the ideology that architecture is a multidisciplinary profession and is diversely rooted across disciplines, she is also keenly interested in music, dance and art.
Do you think architecture has the power to build better communities? How?
Architecture is the science and art of building communities. It uniquely combines history, sociology, art, engineering and technology.
The mosque cathedral in Cordoba Spain; where over time a mosque and a cathedral exist within the same structure; is one beautiful example of how history can be built over time. How religious faith can co-exist in parallel and how architecture is enhanced when each faith gets represented in architectural detail.
How has interactions with artists, architects and designers in WADE developed your perspective towards art and architecture?
Architecture is not a standalone science. It envelopes various forms and expressions of design. So this initiative WADE ASIA helps architects and designers to understand each other’s work and expand connects across disciplines.
How important it is to network for budding professionals?
Today’s professionalism entails collaborative working. The basic need for which is expanding one’s network. WADE provides this platform for the community to come together.
“WADE ASIA is a great concept. Great intent. Great effort.”
As a WADE Woman & WADE Winner, how would you contribute towards the causes for fellow professionals?
As a senior professional I would like to offer our office as a platform for young professionals to collaborate with each other.
Your opinion on WADE ASIA and its objectives.
A great concept. Great intent. Great effort. A little more work on the managing of the event will take this platform places.
What should be WADE ASIA’s next step?
Today the design profession has equal or more women professionals. Hence a male dominated profession is very close to becoming women dominated one. Building this fraternity is imperative.
Few suggestions for the future.
Extend this recognition to the Engineering community too.
Note: This article was originally published on Surfaces Reporter December 2019 Issue.