Senior Design Manager
Having trained as an architect in India and moved to the UK to work on projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, Ashutosh brought his design expertise back to Mumbai, joining Mace to support the development of India's rapidly growing infrastructure.
- How did you get into this profession?
- I followed in the footsteps of my late father who was an architect. I was growing up in Mumbai, which has a colonial past and a very interesting Gothic style of architecture. Wandering around those buildings admiring the details and seeing my father drawing black and white lines inspired me to pursue a degree in architecture. During my university days I was inspired by the works of Charles Correa, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.
- Why did you decide to join Mace?
- I first came across Mace in 2004 when I was working for an architect on Heathrow Terminal 5. I also got the opportunity to work very closely with Mace on its Mumbai Terminal 2 project. I was really impressed with the company and its people, so I was pleased to be able to join and work for Mace.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
- I enjoy working with the design consultants and collaborating on new ideas. I provide design leadership to the client and am leading the interior design for an international convention centre. My role is mainly to be a design guardian and help the team transfer the design specification into construction documents.
- What do you like about working and living in India?
- India is a very exciting place. People are friendly and hospitable. Culturally, it is very diverse and the cost of living is one of the least expensive in the world. It is growing at a very fast pace and it will soon cement its place as one of the world’s biggest construction powerhouses. This expansion is being powered by rapidly growing urbanisation, a growing economy and government initiatives to boost the nation’s transport infrastructure – airports, metro rail, freeways and tunnels.
- How does the industry in India differ from the UK?
Indian cities are very kinetic - full of energy and enthusiasm. Traffic can be a problem in most of the cities. However, you need to be little patient and take some time to adapt to the local culture. The construction industry generally works six days a week which can be very taxing, but festivals are celebrated throughout the year which offer a much-coveted break at the workplace.
The majority of the projects are developer-oriented, which have their own ways of working and executing the contracts. Having said that, the industry has slowly started realising the potential and value that people from overseas can add to projects and organisations.
- If you hadn’t got into this career what do you think you might be doing?
- I wanted to be a cricketer, but could neither score big runs nor take any wickets. I did represent my university in cricket but spent most of the time on the bench. A big loss to the game of cricket, I must say.
- What might someone be surprised to know about you?
- I play pickleball, a strange sport with a strange name, which is a combination of tennis and badminton. I was introduced to this sport in Mumbai by friends and I’m planning to play an international tournament in UK.
“India is a very exciting place. It is growing at a very fast pace and it will soon cement its place as one of the world’s biggest construction powerhouses.”