EP 248 . 07 Sep 22

Learning to see

With Sachin Agshikar

In the episode

  1. Observation is one essential quality in a designer that needs to develop – Why? How does this observation help? In your article you mentioned, that self-taught Architects like Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando traveled for more than a year before they started their practice.
  2. How can the art of seeing or observing be developed? How do you educate what to see when people see what they want to see? Can you give an example of your work where you demonstrated what you observed and implemented?
  3. As BV Doshi says, “Are you seeing things as you see, or are you seeing something more than what it is there?” How can one go beyond the apparent?
  4. On one side, we have “Design is in the details”, on the other, “always design by knowing the larger context of the chair”. How can one manage it? How did Charles Correa manage to zoom in and zoom out so effortlessly?
  5. What tip would you give students while they work on Charles Correa Memorial? How would you judge a good proposal? Any learnings about life or architecture that you can share while working with Charles Correa?

About Sachin Agshikar

This Audiogyan is in association with The Drawing Board.

The Drawing Board is an international architecture platform based in India where students can test their understanding and skills in shaping the way communities live and thrive while preserving local heritage. TDB has been actively running an Architecture competition for undergraduate students since 2016. It was conceptualized by Mindspace Architects and Rohan Builders.


This year, they are back in action with a live event. Architecture undergrad students can submit their project ideas on the theme of designing a “Memorial for Charles Correa”. The last date to submit your concepts is 1st October 2022. More details in show notes and thedrawingboard.in


We have one of the Jury members with us on Audiogyan – Architect, Sachin Agashikar. Sachin studied Architecture from J.J. and was awarded Gold Medal in 1991 for his final year design thesis. Before setting up his own practice in 1999, he worked with Ar. Charles Correa for eight years and worked as an associate at Cancer Research Centre in Lisbon, R&D Centre for Mahindra & Mahindra, and Extension to Kala Academy and IUCAA


Today we’ll try to document some of his thoughts on the “art of seeing”, and how to zoom out and zoom in to envision the macro context and details together. Can possibly help students to present ideas for designing the Charles Correa Memorial at “The Drawing Board” competition.