He pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, which is where he met Nisha Mathew, now his wife:
“In 1995 when Nisha had already moved to Bangalore to get started on designing and help build her mother’s house, I was still completing my thesis compilation and was on a fellowship with the Vastushilpa Foundation, Sangath, Ahmedabad; I was also teaching history of modern architecture and interiors, as assistant to Prof. Kumar Vyas of NID. I had lost several years due to having worked in between studying, and most of my good friends were finishing their PhD by then. So, I decided to take the plunge into practice”
They started Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore, and both are Principal Designers.
“This is a project in progress – he talks about his strongest skill, – to make sense of the world at large and how it finds its way and affects the thought process and the creative works in progress. I’m not sure if you get it right all the time but an open mind helps keep it nourished and agile. Absorption of the paradox of present day life in all its wide gaps is a space for creative operation.”
Nisha would say that, the architect must always be a generalist, even if he/she is a specialist. It is this unique and remarkable ability that ensures that there is an overarching vision or goal beyond the mundane.
“Each little act of excellence and toil makes a difference for tomorrow, – Soumitro says. In this age of innumerable images, choices, shorter spans of attention, desire for spectacle, and growing importance of the moment we have to find and make unique subjective space. Personal experience matters. As one gets wiser, advice focuses on patience, meticulousness, humility, search and many such words that are to do with humanism and are obliquely spiritual.”
Read this story in POOL 70.