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SOMDATTA MAJUMDAR Work samples Qualified Architect, COA M.Arch Architectural Design_ The Bartlett, UCL, London


Somdatta Majumdar, Flat 1, 1 Montagu place, W1H2EW London. +44(0) 7901821178 Somdatta88@gmail.com

To whom it may concern, I am writing to express my interest for the position of Architectural Assistant in your esteemed organization. I have recently finished my M.Arch in Architectural Design from The Bartlett, UCL with flying colours under the guidance of my tutors, Daniel Widrig, Soomeen Hahm (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects). My thesis on FaBRIC helped me awarded with the prestigious Sir Peter Cook Award (decided by Sir Peter Cook himself and presented by him ) as well as the Silver Track Award in this year’s batch. Previously, I was working in Mumbai, India as a registered architect for 3 years. In the firm BRIC design where I worked for 2 years, and was assigned to design spaces, hand over working drawings to the construction contractors, execute work on site along with office coordination with numerous consultants to take the project forward seamlessly and also included working on a renovation of a residential palace in India . Working in TAO (The Architect’s Office)for one year, my job was to make detailed construction drawings and site execution for fast track interior design projects where my efficiency to work well under pressure and definite deadlines were tested. Along with the full time job as an architect with Bric Design in Mumbai, India, I have been teaching Bachelors of Architecture students for 3 years to be in touch with the free thinking of the ‘Generation Next’ architects. I also took up a freelancing design project to help me design at different scales, . I enjoy working with different people from diverse design backgrounds and quickly grasp their ideals to help me work better. I have demonstrated to be able to adapt easily to new working environment and work responsibly, individually as well as in a team. My deep interest in inventions in architecture and my professionalism would combine well with your company’s ethic and I would be glad to contribute to your esteemed architectural practices. I am available for an interview at your convenience, and would be happy to discuss in person on all the opportunities of my contribution in your esteemed organization. For any further information please contact me by phone or email.

Yours sincerely, Somdatta Majumdar


SOMDATTA MAJUMDAR Work samples Qualified Architect, COA M.Arch Architectural Design_ The Bartlett, UCL, London

Somdatta88@gmail.com Flat1, 1 Montagu Place, W1H2EW London +44(0) 7901821178 http://somdattamajumdar.wix.com/fabrick

Sir Peter Cook Award and Silver Track Award for M.Arch_ AD, The Bartlett school of Architecture, UCL, London

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PERSONAL DETAIL Name:

Somdatta Majumdar

Address:

603, Dheeraj Gaurav Height, Tower 3, Off Link Rd, Andheri (W), Mumbai-53

Phone:

+91 9920850820

E-mail:

somdatta88@gmail.com

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Indian

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English (Official language thus fluent speaker), Hindi

EDUCATION 2014-2015 M.Arch Architectural Design. The Bartlett, University College London (UCL), London. [Taught by Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio Ltd.), Soomeen Hahm (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects)]

Winner of Sir Peter Cook Award (Best project in whole batch of Architecture Design and Urban Design) Winner of Silver Award (2nd position in whole Architectural Design batch) 2006- 2011: B.Arch (5 years degree) Registered Architect COA). Rizvi College of architecture, Mumbai, India. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Architect (4 Years experience) 2016- 2017: Perkins Eastman., Mumbai, India Worked on the conceptual design of Essel Worli Office Tower. Resolving the clients requirement with high FAR of 5 and coordinating with liason architects and other consultants to design an elegant 35 storey office tower.Also contributed to the competitions such as Century mills development (Mumbai), Mahindra World City Jaipur, Mumbai Port trust Master plan

2012- 2014: Bric Design Pvt. Lmt., Mumbai, India Working drawing for construction of 300 villa housing project.Conservation project of a palace building. Sitevisits, drawings and coordination with civil engeneers, carpenters for formwork construction and swimming pool consultant. MEP drawing and coordination for 700 unit residential project.Designing and coordination with structural engineer, lighting consultants, MEP consulants, for villa design scheme in Alibaug, India

2011- 2012: Architectural Assistant, The Architect’s Office, Mumbai, India. Interior design and furniture design for American brands like Hard Rock Café, Trader Vic’s and also local restaurants. Designing, execution and coordination with different consultants. Working drawings and detailed drawings for rapid execution on and off site.

Teaching assistant for B.Arch Architectural Design (3 years Part-time) 2011- 2014: Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai, India. Taught 1rst year Architectural Design subject. The responsibility of guiding 15 students from basic design, application and gradually teaching built architecture spaces.

Freelance Office design (Part-time) 2015-2016: Somdatta Majumdar Studio. Luxury residential project

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2014: Somdatta Majumdar Studio. Design, site execution, coordination with clients, contractors, MEP consultants for the office design for company called YourGuy. Working drawing of civil works, each furniture, coordination with carpenters and lighting consultants.

Architectural Internship (6 months) 2010- 2011: Collaborative Architecture, Mumbai, India. IT SKILLS Architectural programs : Maya 3D, AutoCAD, Z-Brush, Keyshots, Coral Draw, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Excel, Processing (Beginner), Revit (essentials), SketchUp, V-Ray, Photoshop.


[ ACADEMIC WORK ] Masters in Architecture. Architectural Design Won the Sir Peter Cook Award and Silver Track medal for the thesis research project. The project involved developing fabric’s potential use in architecture today. Thus a rigourous research was done with the material and design process to create three dimensional fabric volumes which can be used as future bricks. The advantages being that fabric is light for transportation, Easily dismantalable and can create inricate fluid details in much lesser time. > FaBrick Project - 3D Digital simulations and modelling and rapid prototyping


M.Arch AD | The Bartlett, UCL, London FaBrick | Thesis project

2014-2015 | Tutor: Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio Ltd), Soomeen Hahm( Zaha Hadid Architects) Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects) | In collaboration with Xixi Zheng, I-Ting Tsai, Yun Yiru. Inspired by the dramatic advances within the field of textile and fashion design, the project investigates in the correlation between the development of a new material craft and the architectural practice of design and fabrication. The zeitgeist of architecture we are living in today, needs easy and quick methods of designing and developing the space. Couture Architecture Project wants to introduce a new genre of architecture which has the potentiality of changing the way fabric in architecture is perceived. Couture Architecture project begins by considering the potential of implementing soft fluid spaces in architecture by rethinking the wider implications of textile in space creation.With the study involved in how fabric as a material used in architecture has evolved over the years, an investigation on the prospective usage of fabric reinforced concrete as a material to create thin double folded shells will be investigated with the hope of easier construction of new formal complexities and intricacy. With the study involved in how fabric as a material used in architecture has evolved over the years, an investigation on the prospective usage of fabric reinforced concrete as a material to create thin double folded shells will be investigated with the hope of easier construction of new formal complexities and intricacy.

Fig 1: Physical prototypes of fabric transformation from 2D sheet a three dimensional volume.


Fig 2: Digital model of 3D fabric component aggregation


M.Arch AD | The Bartlett, UCL, London FaBrick | Thesis project

2014-2015 | Tutor: Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio Ltd), Soomeen Hahm( Zaha Hadid Architects) Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects) | In collaboration with Xixi Zheng, I-Ting Tsai, Yun Yiru.

Fig 5 Fig 3: Digital simulation showing cloth behavior study in relation to stitching points. Fig 4: Physical prototype showing the back of the fabric chair. Fabric gathers the strength to remain as a 3D volume when stitched in a particular way. Fig 5: Digital design interpretting how 3D volumes can become a temporary structure to revitalize a ruined church. Fig 6: Physical to scale prototype of a wall and window transforms into a 3D chair.


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M.Arch AD | The Bartlett, UCL, London FaBrick | Thesis project

2014-2015 | Tutor: Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio Ltd), Soomeen Hahm( Zaha Hadid Architects) Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects) | In collaboration with Xixi Zheng, I-Ting Tsai, Yun Yiru.

Fig 7: Digital simulation of stitching a 2D surface and how it changes to the 3D column design.

Architecture today is very demanding of time and fabric construction could be the next alternative answer to the fast and easy construction needs. Taking inspiration from the prehistoric days of utilization of fabric in architecture, the material is reconsidered to revitalize the current scenario of design and develop a language of design which can be only achieved and imagined my fabric’s flexibility and versatility. There need to be a new construction method developed along with the change in the direction designers think, to create these fabric structures.From the fabrication experiments conducted, one can imagine if this two dimensional fabric is taken and sewn by machines to their resolved stitched pattern. After which these components, which are light and have less volume as they can be folded are transferred to the site/location. On reaching the location they need to be stitched to their three dimensional form like how we would build the tent structures. The fabric doesn’t anymore need the support of another material to hold it, thus opening endless possibilities of design with this freedom.


Fig 8: Digital modelling of fabric behavior and crafting complex column designs with aggregations of diffrent scales.


M.Arch AD | The Bartlett, UCL, London FaBrick | Thesis project

2014-2015 | Tutor: Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio Ltd), Soomeen Hahm( Zaha Hadid Architects) Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects) | In collaboration with Xixi Zheng, I-Ting Tsai, Yun Yiru. Hardening the fabric to create shell like structures having the fabric act as reinforcement was one of the challenges. Thus this material becomes the hardened shell structure just by spraying water. This concrete fabric is a new innovation of cementimpregnated fabric which consists of cement layered between fabric that can bond with water, backed with PVC. In modern textile based construction, fabric plays an important part of the structure but is still not incorporated to play the holistic structural part. Fabric structures are often high tech solutions that often could not have been achieved by the use of any other material. Fabric is perhaps the most intriguing material of the future as it is a smart material with endless exciting properties. Another intriguing possibility concerning textile architecture is the dynamic nature of the material in relation to shape. Textile is logistically efficient. The structures could be recyclable and also reusable. The use of textile in architecture is mostly related to efficiency, be its lightness, flexibility, moldability and ephemerality.

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Fig 9: Physical prototype of concrete canvas stool. Stool created by fabric reinforces with cement. Fig 10: Actual picture of person sitting on the fabric stool. Fig 11: Toscale chair design. This prototype enhances the tubular and seams language behavior of fabric.


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Architecture sketches | Software exploration Parametric language | screen. facade, building

2016 | Using different softwares for software development and exploration

Fig 12: The partition screen is used infront of the window to filter the light coming in from any opening and also it gives a character to the space. It is designed as a tile so that the construction of each tile is by a simple traditional method of plaster poured in the mold. Fig 13: Inspired by the fabric language, a regular apartment building can have its reception area with the corian coated design. Its flowy language and parametric form adds an interesing element which gradualy turns into a linear form over the floors.Fig 14: The flow of the facade is inspired by the idea of wind blowing over a liquid building facade. The wind would form such smooth double curves and thus linear forms are laser cut to give this form to the facade.


Characteristic to a building is as important to its function. With simple ideas and using the traditional method of construction, we can acheive parametric forms. In the three projects, the softwares help give the regular block buildings a character by adding another dimention.


[ PROFESSIONAL WORK ] Registered Architect (COA) 4 years experience as an architect gave an exposure to handle projects of different types and at various stages of exectution. Conceptualiing design, producting working drawings, making detailed drawing of services, MEP, etc. site execution and cordination with consultants and clients was part of the job. This gave a sense of responsibility to take a project and develope it from scratch. > Perkins Eastman. Office tower design > Perkins Eastman. Master planning > BRIC Design. Lake Villa > BRIC Design. Conservation | Daskot > The Architects Office. Hard Rock Cafe


Work experience | Perkins Eastman Office Tower Architecture Design | Mumbai, India

2016-2017 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sachin Mulay and Snigdha Agarwal

Essel office tower site is a 4180 sqm site in the heart of Mumbai with 5 FAR and had a lot of challenges in respect to the accommodating MEP requirements, structural inputs and laws from the liasoning architect. To create a simple form the structure went through many iterations. The facade screen design was reflective of the study of sunlight requirements. The circulation to the site was designed for the high parking requirements of 400 cars in such a way that they could be accessed from the adjacent streets which were of different heights.


Fig 15: The floor plans of the office tower show the small sight with 5 FAR. the footprint of the building was designed after the setbacks and other regulations. A double height lobby was designed to get the office employees to enter smoothly from the main intersecting roads. The floor plate of the office was made narrow to allow natural light to cover most spaces. a separate mass of the auditorium is made to protrude out of the building to have an overlooking platform on top. The top floors were reserved for the chairman and for him to host special events Fig 16: The view from the road towards the double height lobby makes an inviting entrance. The juxtaposition of the auditorium with the office tower makes an interesting experience.


Work experience | Perkins Eastman Office Tower Architecture Design | Mumbai, India

2016-2017 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sachin Mulay and Snigdha Agarwal

Fig 17: The section of the office tower shows the side alignment of the service core. This was designed to acheive a free usable oddice floor plate. The 4 levels of parking in the basemet were required to accomodate the 400 cars. All the common amenity spaces are placed at the lower part of the building. The canteen is situated in the podium level so that the open space can be utilized by the employees. Fig 18: Three scenarios of massing were designed to show the different massing moves.


Work experience | Perkins Eastman Mahindra world city | Jaipur, India

2016-2017 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sachin Mulay and Snigdha Agarwal

Mumbai Port Trust area masterplan establishes a vibrant connection between the city, mixed use , open spaces, walkable environment, accessible to the public at all the time of the day. A central maidan lead the crowds towards the sea along which high rise development was designed. A boulevard street all along the site made a retail passageway connecting the site. Open spaces were designed to give each cluster a breathing space.


Work experience | Perkins Eastman Office Tower Architecture Design | Mumbai, India

2016-2017 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sachin Mulay and Snigdha Agarwal

Fig 19: The night view of the port trust master plan development as seen from the sea while entering the city. The taller towers. The two landmark buildings act as a gateway to the city while coming from the newly proposed sea link. Fig 20: Maidan as a huge green space gives Mumbai the breathing space that is required by its densely populated areas. This leads the way from Curry road station all the way to the waterfront.


Work experience | BRIC design Urban Design | Bangalore, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sonal Shah and Jwalant Dave.

The Bangalore master plan development design was over a 28 acre site. The master planning strategy was to maximize the distribution of proposed greens across the width of the site and to allow the owners easy access to the green belt and the lake. The brief was to develop medium scale individual premium dwelling ranging from duplex bungalow, row houses, townhouses, villas for single family and also a central club house. As an architect in the team of 3 other designers, my role was to conceptualize the design scheme for the project. Each villas was to be designed with efficient material usage and needed to be commercially profitable construction. I was responsible of making line drawings for the civil engineering team as well as coordinate with different consultants regarding mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Thus the drawings were to be revised with efficiency after coordination with the requirements of the client and the different agencies.

Fig 12 Fig 12: Master plan proposal for the lake side development project


Fig 13 Fig 13: Digital rendering of the villa designed for the bangalore project

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Work experience | BRIC design Urban Design | Bangalore, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sonal Shah and Jwalant Dave.

Fig 15 Fig 15: Technical plan of the clubhouse showing the different activity zones and circulation pattern Fig 16: Digital rendering of the club house which creats continous courtyards to create community space. Fig 16

The club house design for the whole township was designed keeping in mind the users need to recreate and create a community space where all the villa occupants can gather. The design follows the traditional idea of courtyards or having a void surrounded by spaces with activity. To comply to the need of the clients and fit all the requirements within the budget, a two floor structure housing all the amenity was designed utilizing the built up area completely. Applying all the norms for the government approvals, the design was sanctioned after which the clubhouse working drawings were produced and it is now under construction.


The construction drawing have to go under surveillance from different agencies and the job as an assistant architect required my to understand all the technical aspects of design. Designing with restrictions and making all the changes requires a lot of mental application similar to solving a zig-saw puzzle. I personally get a lot of satisfaction in taking that challenge of meeting the requirements and coordinating with different teams and controlling the construction on site.

Fig 15: Digital render of the club house providing a community space for the whole township. Different recreation facilities are integrated to form continous space. Fig 17


Work experience | BRIC design Urban Design | Bangalore, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Sonal Shah and Jwalant Dave.

Residential part of the project was developed in phases. The high rise apartment blocks were situated at the very end of the site so that they can get better view of the lake. The individual villas were designed to suit the tropic climate and tried to get the landscape integrated with the interior spaces. Since it was a phase development project, the villas were being constructed first thus working drawings were made for government approvals. The landscape architect was assigned to merge the surroundings with the villa and the settlement development was designed with the landscape architect to create a harmonious flow of spaces.

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Fig 18: Rendering of the residential sceme of the housing proposal Fig 19: Working drawings provided to the government agencies for approval of construction.


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Fig 20: RPlans and sections for the vila proposal which are developed after consulting different consultancies. Fig 21: Renderings of the townhouse scheme where the services and plumbing were a big chalange. Fig 21


Work experience | BRIC design Architectural conservation | Mumbai, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Aman Seth.

An elegant 105 year old place stands on the shores of Mumbai. It’s resting on the famous Walkeshwar rock side and overlooks the sea face. This iconic red Agra stone building was designed keeping in mind the Indian architectural context and history. It is a 4 floor building with a small vintage car museum, swimming pool, and a landscaped garden which I also worked on. Each and every space in the structure had a one-off design, be it the windows or the column designs. It was designed in traditional Indian motifs and to recreate the old designs, without the help of traditional craftsman, we as architects got a chance to redesign the whole system in a modern yet traditional process. The new construction was done with a team of talented carpenters and civil engineers. After a lot of research on the original structure, designs were drawn to measurement according to the existing site and then given to the carpenters to create formworks which the civil and structural engineers would use. A lot of coordination went into putting up the project. Being the sole architect other than the proprietor, we challenged ourselves to restore this structure. I dealt with contractors and consultants, worked on site, made the detailed drawings and did coordination with all vendors after selecting the materials.

Fig 22: Heritage palace building. Study and site analysis of old structure and services. Fig 23: 4 level plan which were designed earlier to have a fort like circulation spreading through any mid level platforms.

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Work experience | BRIC design Architectural conservation | Mumbai, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Aman Seth.

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Fig 24: Arch construction as per the old structure. After a lot of research, each arch went through many iterations to come to the final drawings. Fig 25: A typical Indian lintel id called a ''chatri' In this case a mordern light fixture was to be inserted in the design. Details were designed to keep the traditional look having the modern facilities. Fig 26: The capital of the column is a typical motif in indian palaces. To add a function to the terrace, more of these columns were constructed. The drawings were made to align it to the room and ceiling perfectly. Fig 27: The false flooring construcion was designed to create new plumbing pipes to go down as there were no extra ducts. The external facade was kept intact while solving such technical probles. Fig 28: Sectional elevation of the multi leveled palace structure. The traditional window and 'chatri' designs are designed inspired from indian motifs.


The structure is designed keeping in mind the Indian culture and the conceptual idea of the fortress. Thus when the clients asked us to keep the heritage look intact, all the new additions to the space had to be merging harmoniously with the previous structure. In the section below, we can see how the lintel/chatri is created from a wooden formwork and then clad with copper. The stained glass windows were recreated after a lot of research of traditional motifs. The swimming pool had to be completely reworked hiding all the modern day necessities of pool filtration and heating.

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Work experience | BRIC design Architectural conservation | Mumbai, India

2012-2014 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Aman Seth.

My job as an architect doing the conservation of this beautiful structure was to design each and every addition element, make working drawings for the same, and execute the design on site in the given time deadlines. Revising the plumbing and air conditioning lines throughout the structure as in structure previously there were no ducts provided. Even additions of wifi and CCTV wires had to be tactfully handled as there was no provition for the wires on the external faรงade. The main job alongside designing was coordinating and revising the drawings after each consultant gave their requirement and the challenge was to solve the puzzle of the building like a jigsaw keeping everything into consideration. The flooring patterns were inspired from traditional indian marble cutwork and the working drawing of these hd to be accurate to fit perfectly into the space. Thus keeping in mind the asthetics of the old structure, all the modern facilities were provided.

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Work experience | The Architect's Office Interior Design | Colombo, Sri Lanka

2011-2012 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Swati Menon

Hard Rock café is a big chain of restaurants and pubs and they have a general style of design they maintain in all their branches. This Hard Rock Café was situated in Sri Lanka inside a grade A heritage building. The challenge here was to create the spaces required for a working kitchen while keeping the building intact. The café space was designed to have an open plan where each space was created to form a cozy gathering space. My job as an architect was to design each built in furniture, the bar counters, the custom made light designs and also some artifacts. Civil working drawings for the reflective ceiling plans, flooring patterns, material selection was also the part of the job.

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Fig 30: The floor plan of Hard Rock Cafe, Sri Lanka where the open seating arrangement can be seen. At many places booth seating has been provided to give a more cozy atmosphere. The furniture and toilets were designed by me along with many of the civil drawings. Fig 31: Digital rendering of one of the spaces which was furnished with different artifacts and lights. The selection of the wall material was quite unique as we took stones and powdercoated them to create a different feel. Fig 32: The digital rendering givesus a perspective view of what the main lobby area would feel. The design responed well with the high ceiling of the existing structure and the lights were fabricated to acheive a warm atmosphere at human scale. The bar counter and bar display were fabricated with metal sections inspired by srilankan traditional handicraft.

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Work experience | The Architect's Office Interior Design | Colombo, Sri Lanka

2011-2012 | Registered Architect (COA) | In collaboration with Swati Menon

The choice of materials was an eclectic mixture showing the richness of the sri Lankan culture. The grande atmosphere was created to highlight the interiors of the heritage building. The furniture were carefully designed to create that ambience. The lighting fixture were fabricated with great detailed considerations to make new contemporary fixtures that fit into the grande ambience. Initially mood boards were created to get the idea of the whole space. Drawings were drawn by me for each detail, toilet design, kitchen requirements , coordination with the clients, MEP agencies, carenters, and civil engeneers.

Fig 33: The section is more of a material board where it shows how the artifacts are highlighted using warm background materials and how the light fixtures from the ceiling highlight the hard rock elements. Fig 34: The red staircase next to the Hard Rock Shop leading to the first floor. Here the choise of different mixture of artifact gives the cozy feeling of the place. Fig 35: The cross section of Hard Rock Cafe, Srilanka shows the different area with various themes that were created in the space. It also gives us an idea of the scale of the eisting Grade A structure.


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[ FREELANCE WORK ] Registered Architect (COA) Designed a luxury residential apartment and an office interiors for a software company called YourGuy. Doing the projects individually gave the whole responsibility of getting the project together . Furniture designing, civil drawings, Plumbing, mechanical and electrical drawings and coordination with the consultants, cordination with clients was a part of the job requirement. > Luxury residential apartment > YourGuy Office Interior deign


Freelance | Somdatta Majumdar Studio Interior Design- Residential| Mumbai, India

2015-2016 | Registered Architect (COA)

Having the opportunity to design and execute a luxury residential project was very exciting. The apartment was a four bedroom apartment of 4000 sqft with a 3000 sqft wrap around balcony and was a very fast track project which got completed in 4 months.. To accommodate the clients requirements, A lot of the civil layout was changed to create rooms and spaces . Construction drawings, Electrical, plumbing, RCP drawings were all very specific to the clients needs. Material selections, Pattern details for marble designs were thought of for easy execution. Most doors were detailed in a way that they become a part of paneling thus integrating the doors with the overall design. Wardrobe and their handles were also designed in a way that they are like wall panels. Kitchen design was thought of after considering the clients specific requirement and utilizing each space with the work flow. All the appliences were desided before to incorporate them from the initial design. The 4 bathrooms and the powder room all had creative marble pattern walls and their counters were beautifully carved of of Italian marble. After coordination with the AC consultants , The lights were placed to give mood lighting and were looped to create different ambience in the rooms.


Fig 36: The plan of the residential apartment shows how how the rooms were carved out after the civil work is complete. Keeping the spaces open and grand was the breif thus each room has a lot of openings and are not cramped up with furniture. The Beige marble and wooden flooring is used as flooring to give a warm cozy feeling to the spaces. The Balcony has granite flooring in rough finish.

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Freelance | Somdatta Majumdar Studio Interior Design- Residential | Mumbai, India 2015-2016 | Registered Architect (COA)

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Fig 37: The lift door is placed between shelves and finished with panelling to integrate the door openings. The electricals are finished above the false ceiling and the gypsum sheets ceiling is about to be finished. Fig 38: Civil work in progress of changing the room sizes and creating a new circulation pattern for the flat. Fig 39: .Wardrobes for the bedroom were designed for His and Hers separately to incorporate the bathroom door which will look as part of the wardrobe. Fig 40: Kitchen is being executed as drawings to incorporrate flushed shelves to make it look like a modular kitchen Fig 41: The wrap around alcony floorings have electrical junction boxes provided for the balcony lights. Granite in flamed finish was chosed as the flooring material. Fig 42: Panelling and olding details samples were experimented with to hide cutjoints of doors for living room and bedroom doors.

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Fig 43: The section shows how the false ceiling is tactfully lowered in spaces to creat cleam spaces to hide the beams but still give maximum heights. The wood work to hide the Main distribution board is integrated in the library shelves. The Wardrobe hexagonal handles show the inset hadles as a part of the paneling. Fig 44: Living room panelling hides the master bedroom door within. The dining room is made to feel larger with the glass sliding room which also lights up the entrance area. The family room TV shelf is created as a floating unit with lose drawers and poufs.


Freelance | Somdatta Majumdar Studio Interior Design- Corporate| Mumbai, India

2012-2013 | Registered Architect (COA)

Designing an office for a software company called your guy was a very interesting journey. The project was a fast tract project and it was very exhilarating handling the whole project on my own. The Office needed 50 employees to be situated in total and it was conceptualized as an open working space. The managers and the assistants were provided with cabins and were places together where they can have a view of the employees working together. The pantry, kitchen and the two toilets were designed in one space so that the employees could have a break there. Away from the work area. The furniture, civil drawings, electrical and network drawings were done to have a better coordination. It was a challenge to have an open office as all the wiring from the server room have to reach the workstations. Thus the table layout was done to keep the requirement in mind while making the office wire free. The lighting was designed to create a continuous flow in space and to give an illusion that the lights are floating in air. Thus a dark ceiling was created to highlight the light tracks and the wire track. The detailing of drawings for the consultants and coordination with them and the client were a part of the task.

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Fig 36: To create the open plan office, all the electricals and network wiring had to be designed efficiently from the server rooms. Thus the furniture had to be designed accordingly and the light track in the main area had to be designed to highlight the tables. Fig 37: A white box withing the office was created as an illusion. Here the airconditioning supply was a challenge as I didn't want the ducts to take away the attension from the white box. Fig 38: .The black metal grid at the entrance was to create a sence of private and public space. The reception is tucked behind the black covered part of the grid, highlighting the recemtion from the entrancs door. Fig 39: A view from the managers cabin of the space of the working area. Colourful chairs were bought in to create a fun working atmosphere. Fig 40: The tables were designed to hide the network wirings and junction boxes below the tables. Thus the office has a clean minimalistic look without the wires making a mess.


Freelance | Somdatta Majumdar Studio Interior Design- Corporate| Mumbai, India

2012-2013 | Registered Architect (COA)

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Fig 41: The pantry design was created exposing the brickwork. The ledge platform was designed to have a minimalistic look which would be cozy place to interact with the lighting. Fig 42: A white box withing the office was created as an illusion. The change in flooring adds on to the illusion of the box effect. Fig 43: .The black metal grid at the entrance was to create a sence of private and public space. The reception is tucked behind the black covered part of the grid, highlighting the recemtion from the entrancs door. Fig 44: The mirrors in the tiny toilets were places at angles to create an illusion of a larger space. The light hung from the ceiling of the toilet reflects many times to ceate more light with one source. Fig 45: The arch was created in the office space to hide the elctrical main point server and the storage area of the office. Instead of providing a separate enclosed roo, I integrated that to create a welcoming space. Fig 46: A view of the reception desk before the black metal grid. The black metal grid diversifies the public and privae spaces of the office. Fig 47: Section of the office space as visualized before the work on site started. This section shows the managers area with the storage spaces tucked in one corner. Fig 48: This cross section of the office shows the meeting area, the reception space with the black grid, the workstations and the managers suite.


The entire office has a fun element in contrast with the software working methodical office. This was done to create a fun working environment and an open office space helps team building and getting better results from the employees. The design is done to make the clients and workers feel more interactive while working together. The main aim while designing was to create a clutter free office environment so that the workers could concentrate better. The technical aspects of design were taken care of in detail to manage that.

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[ ACADEMIC WORK ] Bachelors in Architecture (5 Years course) The course of architecture made us develop the designs with rigour and experiments to create spaces that were resolved in all the technical aspects of construction. The designs had a simultanious class of construction, services and building materials. > Transit Hub | Thesis project > Villa design | Fourth year project


B.Arch | Rizvi College of Architecture, India Transit hub for metro station | Thesis project

2010-2011 | Tutor: Jamshed Bhiwandiwala

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Thesis proposal for my final year bachelor in Architecture project was about integrating a mass transit system with the new coming metro station in Mumbai. The site was chosen in Mumbai and a lot of documentation and case study was done to understand the heavy pedestrian flow of different stations. The site being in a busy high traffic area, the circulation patterns and shop densities. Connections to the metro station were highlighted in a design which would resemble walking on Indian streets with pergolas.

Fig 49: The master plan of the site proposal showing different layers of human and trafic activities and analysing the circulation and density patterns in and around the site. Fig 50: Massing of volumes and spaces according to their function in the transit system. Fig 51: Digital rendering of the mass transit proposal. The connecting bridges and walkways are well intigrated with the metro station.


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B.Arch | Rizvi College of Architecture, India Transit hub for metro station | Thesis project

2010-2011 | Tutor: Jamshed Bhiwandiwala

In India the transit system is incapable of handling the huge human population that travel in the mass transit. Thu to help with this emergency, the ‘inbetween’ space was created giving the passengers a breather before getting off the main street. Fter analyzing the needs of the indian commuter and go-ing to various local train stations to understand the tendencies of the passenger, I designed a space with the necessities. A waiting room, a medical assistance room, a patrol room were also included in the space along with a market with daily good available. The office building was also designed integrat-ed with the transit system to create a commercially viable project. The people were directed through design elements which would lead them to a landscaped area, eventually leading them to the road where they can queue for their other mode of transport.

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Fig 52: The master plan of the site proposal showing the connection between he transit system created along the metro station.Highlighted in red in the walkway while the yellow space is the athering/community space for the passengers. Landscape design was integrated in the project to give the passengers a sense of transition. Fig 53: the pedestrian pathways are highlighted in colour to show the human the direction to fowwow without using maps to guide them. Fig 54: the sketch shows the office building which was proposed to create a commercially sustainable project. the red planes were designed to reduce sound from the station still giving them visual connection. Fig 55: Sketch of the shopping mall/ space created keeping in mind indian street shops and the informality of shopping in transit areas. The yellow frames give each shop a partition without being a visual barrierFig 56: A view from the pedestrian walkway on the way to the main street from the metro station. The yellow pergola designs were to give the people a sence of direction while walking as well as create micro landmarks when inside the space.


B.Arch | Rizvi College of Architecture, India Transit hub for metro station | Thesis project

2010-2011 | Tutor: Jamshed Bhiwandiwala

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Connectivity is the major challenge of this roposal. The design was created in such a way that the passenger doesn’t get lost while transferring through the space but relaxes before getting to the main road. East connectivity to different transport systems were lead by different walkways. After analyzing the needs of the Indian commuter and going to various local train stations to understand the tendencies of the passenger, I designed a space with the necessities. A waiting room, a medical assistance room, a patrol room were also included in the space along with a market with daily good available. This helped to bifurcate pedestrians into different channels. The idea of a transit system is performed well if the passengers are taken to their different end destinations easily. The proposal was a module so that it can be followed in different metro stations.


Fig 57: Sectional elevation showing the office which was designed at various levels. The terraces forms become the recreational space for the workers where they can enjoy the view of people transporting . The tall metal grids are designed to attrct the passenger towards the staircase blocks for easy transition. The market area along with other necessity spaces in arounf a 2 floor atrium resembling the Indian courtyard design.Fig 58: The landscape was a proposal after calculating the recreation area that needed to be provided to the transit space. Thus it merges with the structure leading the passengers to flow into the transit space.. Fig 59: Physical model pictures of the transit structure. The walkways and connectivity for the passengers gets highlighted in the design giving the passengers surprise elements throughout the space.

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B.Arch | Rizvi College of Architecture, India Vacation home | Fourth year project

2009-20010 | Tutor: Hemoo Upadhyay

The brief was to build a vacation home for the family in Khandala, India where they could relax away from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities. The site experiences heavy monsoons and was a sloping site looking over the whole range of hills. Regardless of the many rooms the family wanted, I designed a space where he would feel connected with nature and unwind themselves of the daily worries. Water and green spaces have been interconnected with the built space. The connection between the public space (for entertaining guest) and private spaces is a bridge through water. All the rooms in the bungalow either look into the court of the house or the beautiful outside views.

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Fig 60: Three dimensional view of the entire house which was designed for the family in India. The tropical design was due to the weather conditions in the micro area. The house was designed to be low rise and spread over a larger area so the family feels more confortable and at home. Fig 61: The plans of the villa show how the living and dining space have a view of the garden on one side and the water body on the other side. The bedrooms are distributed over different levels and have a separate back entrance through an atrium space.

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B.Arch | Rizvi College of Architecture, India Vacation home | Fourth year project

2009-20010 | Tutor: Hemoo Upadhyay

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Fig 63 Fig 62: Rendering of the view from the bedroom of the villa. Here the family can have a quiet serene time looking at the water and the tree surrounding the space. This kind of spaces are not possible in the busy city they live in.Fig 63: The walkway from the living room to the bedroom atrium is thought the water body and amongst the trees by a shaded walkway. The space looks calming and serene giving a view of the wooden staircase by which you can reach the other family rooms. . Fig 64: Secional view of the villa showing the play of solid and void massing while designing the space. The swimming pool and the waterbody both merge together to highlight the experience of the walkway. Fig 65: Since the site is on a slope, the structure was designed at many levels and could be entered by two different access. The volumetric play of spces makes the person feel surprised.


Since the site was on a slope, I took advantage of the possibility of different levels in the site and created plinths accordingly. This gives an interesting play of heights and volumes for the structure. Water and green spaces have been interconnected with the built space. The water body and swimming pool were also designed at the place to get the connections at one level. The connection between the public space (for entertaining guest) and private spaces is a bridge through water. The rooms are spread in different zones according to different activities but it is still well connected by the major axis of the walkways. The sloping roofs provided are to tackle the heavy rainfall in that area and are also directed to fill in the pool and water body through natural water.

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[ PART TIME JOBS ] Related to Architecture To develop the skill set and aptitude for design and architecture, I have constntly been doing work related to architecture. I have taken part in international competition, attended lectures of international architects, visited various design exhibitions , attended workshops, and most importantly taught first year architecture students for three years. > Competition entry > Jewelry workshop > Architectural photography > Teaching B.Arch (3 years experience)


Competition entry | individual scope Urban Design |Hong Kong

2011-2012 | Registered Architect (COA)

The Hong Kong competition was an international competition where I took part in 2012. After learning the history and traditions of the country and micro understanding of the site I designed a landmark hotel structure. Here I designed a hotel in the heart of the city which would become a landmark for that district. The concept was to create a space that flows into the air. If a person saw the space from below, the tower would seem to merge into the sky. The Concept of two similar objects intertwining is done to create terrace areas in intermediate levels. The structure hosts multiuse spaces like meeting rooms, shops and boardrooms in the below floors while as you go higher the yellow demarcation is of the hotel rooms with better views.

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Fig 66: Conceptual sketch of the hotel with different activities on various floors. The multi use functions iwhich wold be useful for public was accommodated in the below floors while the hotel rooms were allotted in the above floors.Fig 67: The plans of different levels shows how the service core remains are the core structural element of the building while the rooms change its form and also its views at every level. Fig 68: Rendering of the space as imaginged amongst the other tall structures in the area. The hotel was designed to become a landmark building.

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Workshop | The Bartlett, UCL, London Jewelry design | small scale 3D application

2014-2015 | Tutor: Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrid Studio Ltd.), Soomeen Hahm (Zaha Hadid Architects), Stefan Bassing (Zaha Hadid Architects). The jewelery workshop by Daniel Widrig was to make us familiar with 3D software and how to get a better grip at it. We were asked to model a piece of jewelry which fits well with the human body. I decided to design a ring which will be suitable for the ring and last finger. To connect them together a lot of models were made to understand how the movement of the fingers should make the ring change its form. I also experimented with using two or three different materials and colours for the ring. The final product is a combination of a simple line and a complex repetitive component element of 3 different materials. The piece of jewelry gave me an idea to control the design in a small scale while playing with design elements. Repeating one element and aggregation of that element gave a unique result. Once that was twisted and deformed it gave another form completely different from the initial component design. Playing with the human hand anthropometry the ring exercise challenged us to design differently for different scales.

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Fig 69: The final jewelry peice after the workshop. Here the ring fits between the ring finger and the last finger. The complex repetitive components creates a different language which merges with the solid lines of the black part. Fig 70: The repetition and aggregation of one component forming a simpler overall form intrigued me. Fig 71: This other ring was how two complex elements of different colours and different materials intertwine between the two fingues and loops itself. Fig 72: The ring was appreciated due to its form and scale which enhances the hand. Fig 73: Rendering of the final ring and how it intertwines between the fingers in a unique manner.


3d printed jewelery and furniture | Somdatta Majumdar Studio Jewelry design | small scale 3D application

2015-2016 | Applying software skills to create objects that test the latest gadgets in the 3D printing world

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Fig 74: Sun ring was designed inspired by the rays of the sun. The form is very simple keeping in mind the gradual transition of the helix to the rays. It was 3D printed in a SLS machine. Fig 75: The loop necklace was a part of an experiment of a component based study. The idea of having one component and its repitition is shown with a variation in scale change. Fig 76: 3D printing the loop necklace to make each component looped with the other so that there is a easy flow of the necklace and fits around the neck perfectly.


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3d printed furniture and product| Somdatta Majumdar Studio Furniture and Product design | small scale 3D application

2015-2016 | Applying software skills to design the furniture and product conceptually and then using laser cutting, CNC milling and welding to acheive final product

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Fig 77: Lattice lamp was inspired bu the space frame structures in architecture. The design was conceptualized to have bronze wellded lamp to throw beautiful shadows on the wall once lit. Fig 78: Having a concrete base makes a stark contranst in the product as the metal and the concrete have a strong charateristics. Fig 79: .The table was designed having the same spaceframe structure. Here the structural legs are designed by delecate wood while the table top is finished with a bronze sheet. Fig 80: The stool is designed after studying the church structures and has a easy transition from the top to the legs. All the legs are joint to one another by bridges for extra stability Fig 81: Skeleton staircase was done as a part of a competition. A futuristic take on a regular staircase was designed after the spinal cord which is the main area for connection. Fig 82: A 3D view of the skeletn staircase was designed to show the way the stair is connecting both the floors. The ribs become the railing on the above stairs. Fig 83: Waffle chair was designed on the software to get the exact profiles to cut on the laser cutter. Once the form was decided, the black acrylic sheets were attached to each other like a 3D puzzle. Fig 84: Waffle chair is a light hollow chair which can make thin sheets of arcylic into a structural chair.


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Hobby | Architecture photography & travel

COUNTRIES TRAVELLED USA: Los Angles, San Francisco, Vegas Russia: Moscow China: Hong Kong, Macau Turkey: Istanbul Egypt: Cairo Italy: Rome, Florence, Pisa Netherland: Amsterdam France: Paris Spain: Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville Singapore Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Nepal: Kathmandu SriLanka: Colombo UAE: Dubai, Abu Dhabi


Teaching experience | Rizvi College of Architecture Part-time work | Mumbai, India

2011-2014 | Tutoring 15 students of First Year B.Arch

Teaching B.Arch first year was one of the most exciting times as you can help the students as well as learn new direction of designing for the next generation of architects. This helped me revitalize the preconceived nothing of designing and I opened up to newer ideas of solving a design task. The Students were asked to design an exhibition space which would take the visitor by surprise and give him a exciting time within the space. The students used different materials to execute the same problem. Visual experience of the visitor was tested by play of light, shadow, sounds created by different design elements. My role as a tutor to them was to make them understand the need of experiencing spaces with all the five human sences and not just visual. I taught them to create spaces where the mind is transformed or challenged and alert and that the function and form play equal roles in designing a space.


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