Pratap Jadhav is an interior designer by education and profession. He inherits creativity & leadership from his Late father Ar. Vasant Jadhav. Practising for more than two decades, having designed several prestigious projects, to name a few, are Infosys Technologies’ first office in Pune, KSB Pumps corporate office, corporate offices for Asta India, Finolex cables, Nipro India and many more. He is literally married to IIID. His association started way back in 1994. He became Pune Chapter Chairperson in the year 2004. Under his able leadership there was huge growth in memberships at the Chapter.
Since then there was no looking back. For the last 4 years, he is playing key role in the policy making of IIID first as President-Elect and now as President since May 2015. Since then he has initiated a lot of administrative developments, developed communication & PR and taken IIID’s conclaves & chapters to a different level all together. SURFACES REPORTER MAGAZINE interacted with Pratap Jadhav, National President, IIID, to understand the milestones achieved so far and the way ahead.
1. Let us start with your journey as a designer. Were you always inclined towards design? How did it start?
I must have born a designer. As my father was an Architect and my mother, a child psychologist, I got the combination of both. Still I was a rebellion and wanted to pursue Advertising as a visualiser, or become an Interior designer. I got through on merit at St. Xavier colllege Mumbai in Advertising and Marketing diploma. But destiny was to become an Interior designer as the admission of this got confirmed first.
2. As you near your term as the President of IIID, what were the major milestones achieved and what were the most challenging decisions you had to take so far?
The most satisfying time for me in IIID was last two years and the time when I headed Pune Regional Chapter as Chairmen.
The major milestones have been strengthening of the organisation in administrative area, communication, and PR for IIID has been huge. The highlight is our Mission of Taking Design to the Masses. Our convoy of four Nano cars travelled 26,000 kilometers interacting with masses, students, professional, media and general public on the mission and also undertook projects of design interventions in public spaces.
We have undertaken 45 projects across India to begin with. IIID offers free design services through our members who are volunteering to make our nation a better place. Specially working on affordable design solutions.
The decision of have a Design Yatra driven by designers was very challenging looking at the logistics. It was successful project ever taken up by any organisation. We had ten thousand volunteers involved in this entire Yatra. You can watch it on NDTV GOOD times. We are airing 12 episodes, every Saturday at 7:00 PM. Huge achievement in terms of PR and also reaching to the masses.
3. Your tenure has seen many innovative initiatives by IIID as well as the extremely successful NAT CON conferences. Tell us how you steered through these successful initiatives? What are the recent future initiatives to be taken up by IIID?
Having headed five National Conventions for IIID, my team said we should surpass all the past records of the convention in every aspect. Quality, number of delegates 2052 to be precise, and partners. We could do it with only four partners. I must thank them for their support and confidence in IIID. It must be the biggest ever convention till date in the continent. The other initiatives were major focus on education. We are working hard to enhance the quality of education in interior design in India.
We began with collaboration with five colleges, with our initiative today we have thirty colleges in our collaboration. We have also formed separate council for the education to have the focus, also have added several scholarships for the students. Our Awards are also now one of the most coveted awards for design excellence in India . There too, all past records have been broken and this year we added blue by giving a better excperience to our winners, by conducting awards ceremony at Bali. The National Awards were decided after one to one Jury.
4. From our interactions with the the industry, there has always been a concern about the miniscule participation from senior / top architects and designers in Indian design competitions. As a premier design body, what role is IIID playing to bridge this gap?
It is the concern for us. But this year we saw good senior practices participating in our design excellence awards. My awards team was very keen to have senior practices participating. We made the whole process transparent, which is a concern and added one to one Jury for the finalists. We are hopeful to have more number of senior practices participating in the coming years. We are also adding a category of recognition of the senior practices form the next year. We feel it is important to have them participating.
5. In terms of participation volume and quality of submissions, what role is IIID playing to increase awareness among young designers with regards to project submissions and the right way of presenting.
At many of our Chapter Centers , we are conducting presentation and workshops by award winning designers to guide and help the young practices to make better presentation for the awards. We have seen the difference in last two years.
6. Tell us a bit about the recently formed Asia Pacific Space Designers Association that you are part of. What are its objectives?
Asia Pacific Space Designers Association was always there, but was not formalized till date. Now it is formalized by being registered in Malayasia and twenty four countries being members. The objective is to improve the status of the profession by enhancing the quality of education and have international exchange programs, which is the need of the hour. Under which I was presently invited to Philippines to present to their members.
7. Looking from where you are right now (at the helm of affairs), where do you see IIID in 10 years time (in terms of function, roles of the body and state of interior design in India)?
In Ten years time IIID will be the most sought for organisation in India, being instrumental in getting regulation in practice of Interior Design in India. We shall also be one of the leaders on the world platform. IIID is looked at very respectfully on the World platform.
8. Do you think Design Education in India needs transformation? If so, which are the areas would you suggest to focus on and why?
Design Education needs transformation. I shall talk about Interior Design Education. It requires minimum four years of serious education. We also need to educate parents that it is not a hobby anymore. With IIID taking design education so seriously, we are sure to see the change in the coming years.
9. Give us a brief about your work / projects. Post your tenure in IIID as President, what are the other pursuits that you are looking at giving attention to?
I have been practicing for last twenty six years. We believe in minimalism and try giving our clients timeless design solutions. We have been majorly designing Corporate offices, Residences, and now after two decades of practice, we are doing commercial interiors. Post my tenure, I shall go back to teaching, read a lot and share my experiences. Obviously practice will continue to give more of my creative inputs.
10. We find some chapters of IIID more active while some seem to need some support or learning from the active & successful ones. What kind of hand holding and support does IIID provide to such chapters?
Today that is not the condition baring one or two , which wou ld catch up soon . We are so very well connected and are helping one another . Never be fore we had this kind of inter Chapter center relations. It is a ‘Dream Team’ of IIID which made the whole difference to the Organisation. Thanks to every individual! We have amazing spirit amongst us!
The article was published in the April 2017 issue of SURFACES REPORTER.
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