Ar Milind Pai

"To keep Inspire Dreams to Reality."

Passionate to become an Air Force Pilot, the renowned Architect Milind Pai who is enriching the industry with his unique designs, got into the field of architecture and design because of a series of circumstances and flukes.

He joined UDCT (ICT, Mumbai) to become a Chemical Tech graduate, unsure of securing admission in J.J. College. He also qualified for the admission at the Catering College, Dadar, Mumbai and was cleared for admission into the NDA to train as a cadet for Air force, which was his dream. However, the one week he spent in the J.J. College of Architecture was enough for him to realize that this was his calling and he was destined to be an architect!

Ar. Milind founded Milind Pai - Architect & Interior Designers firm in 1987. The firm's design philosophy is a simple extension of 'form follows function'. The spaces Ar. Milind designs are a result of in-depth analysis of the clients' needs versus the function of those spaces. The passion comes from converting these spaces into comprehensive design solutions, which blend into the cultural, physical and emotional needs of the occupants.

He says, "Our extreme zest to analyze the clients' need and develop the designs totally from their perspective, is the philosophy we have adhered to right from our initial struggling days. As a regular design process, our firm deeply studies the various aspects of the client, like his family, profession, physical and emotional needs, temperament, budgets, aesthetical expectations, design style and exposure, his peers and competitors and even his energy levels and work-life discipline. We avoid getting emotionally attached to a singular style of design and not losing our creativity and interest to explore newer and bolder ideas."

'Nature at its indigenously Unique Creativity' is what inspires him lot as he keep saying, "In nature, we see a flawless balance of design, eco system and the aesthetical beauty in its purest form."

La Sagrada Familia Living Room

For design inspiration, he says, "The work on Antonio Gaudi in his unfinished church, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, has had a huge inspirational impact on me for the sheer originality of the design and the audacity to use revolutionary motifs, features and more. I also admire the capability of this great designer to translate his rebellious ideas into acceptance and revered architecture." Further, the Church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, is also one of his favorite structures. Among the modern structures, he is quite impressed with Guangzhou Opera House, China which sits like pebbles in a stream, smoothened by erosion and is in perfect harmony with its riverside location.

Ar. Milind is the great admirer of the flowing forms of Iconic Zaha Hadid's designs, and for which he says, "More than her designs, I admire her creative guts to innovate the flow of forms into practically workable and admirable space solutions and architecture."

On the personal front, travelling and photography interests him lot. He has personally travelled to many exotic destinations in almost all continents.