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Top Architects | September 2013

Arjun Malik

Arjun Malik, Principal Architect, Malik Architecture

Arjun Malik, son of architect Kamal Malik, has architecture in his genes. A dynamic architect in his own right, Arjun apprenticed with a few world-famous architects before joining his father's 36-year-old multidisciplinary firm. He has conceptualised some fantastic designs for national and international projects and was also felicitated by IGEN Design Forum under IGEN 50 – top 50 architects and interior designers.

What does innovation in architecture mean to you?
Innovation is progress, it is a manner of seeing and is based on relativism. Whether it is gradual evolution or a radical leap, it implies a departure from convention resulting in an improved solution. Innovation lies in the investigation of new territory, which establi­shes a path along which further evolution may occur. Systemic and strategic innovation is rare and has far reaching results.

The most innovative and flexible material you have come across and why...
Any material is as innovative and flexible as the mind that harnesses its embedded pot­ential. This implies a thorough understanding of a material beyond its immediate visual characteristics.

The most innovative piece of architecture you have come across and why...
I have not yet come across a contemporary building that I find to be truly innovative.

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