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Name - Nandini Sampat

Position - Director

Organization - SNK Somaya and Kalappa Consultants

DOB - 20th October 1979

Place - Mumbai

Follow your passion

Stuck in the monotony of life, many of us wonder and ponder about following our passions and doing something out of the ordinary. However, very few have the will and the determination to follow through with our dreams and desires. Nandini Sampat is one such youth icon who broke away from the shackles of the quintessential stereotypes and decided to follow her heart. Read on further to find out more about this woman with a vision in mind and the desire to conquer the world through her dreams.

The beginning

Born to an Army doctor father and an architect mother, Nandini had both logic and creativity in her genes. With her grandparents also from the Army background and her brother working as a chief data officer in New York, she had a diverse exposure all around her. However, she decided to follow a different path and graduated in Political Science from Smith College, USA. After this, Nandini pursued a course in law from the College of Law, London and worked as a corporate lawyer abroad and in India for several years.

Changing tracks

All through the years of learning and working as a lawyer, Nandini did not feel completely immersed and passionate about the job she was doing. There was something amiss. She would often talk to her colleagues about architecture, and somewhere along the way, she realized that her true calling was design and architecture. She left a great job she had as a lawyer and kept her law studies aside, and decided to pursue her passion. She did her Diploma in Architectural Design from the Inchbald School of Design, London, and joined her mother’s venture - SNK (Somaya & Kalappa Consultants). While working, she completed her Bachelor of Architecture from Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai, and dedicated herself completely to her new profession and an old passion. Today, she is an accomplished architect and has been on many competition and academic juries and panels. She is the author of many magazines and journals on use of public spaces, architecture, and interior design. Nandini has also won the coveted IGEN (Innovation Generation) 50 award in June 2013, where the best 50 next generation architects and designers are felicitated. When asked about what made her change tracks, Nandini smilingly replied, “During my childhood, my mother would take me to all the art galleries. We traveled to different places, and I got hands-on education and learning. I watched my mother, and her passion for her work, and that stayed. Also, architecture is one field that can touch every profession, and in that way I can learn about different things too.”

Journeying into SNK Consultants

With the motivation from her mother and fellow batch mates, Nandini forayed into the world of art, design, architecture. Even though it was a family business, she had to prove her mettle. Nandini recalls, “I was fortunate to have my mother’s venture to start with, but there was always a pressure to prove yourself amongst people you know. So I had to work hard and start from the bottom. It took time and a lot of hard work, but there was a comfortable working environment.” SNK Consultants was started in 1975 by Nandini’s mother - Brinda Somaya
The company works on architecture master planning, urban designs for different verticals like hospitality education institutes and residences. It stands for modern and contemporary architecture but believes in preserving the old heritage. Speaking about their work, Nandini notes, “We have about 200 projects, and everything has its unique style. We customize our designs as per the client and also the terrain. Though we have some strong principles that we adhere to for all the projects. In architecture, you have to spend a lot of time researching and reading to understand the land and the area. Hence, our prime focus is to do thorough groundwork that helps us provide the perfect architecture for our clients.”

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Inspiring young architects

Architecture is all about planning, passion, and vision. If you feel it, then you can deliver it. Nandini advises young architects wanting to follow her path, “There are no shortcuts to success. You have to be honest, ethical, and inspired to be able to come up with good work. Never compromise on your plans and passions. If you have an idea, follow it through but with ethical means. There will always be roadblocks along the way, but if you are patient and committed to attaining your goal, nothing will come in your way.” Quoting her mother, Nandini said, “Humility is a key factor in finding success. So be humble with your feet planted firmly on the ground.” “Last but not least, education is the constant that should drive you. Keep yourselves abreast of the latest trends and happenings all over the world. Read magazines and books. Get formal education in the field of architecture to understand the technicalities of things,” notes Nandini. Her lifelong mantra has always been: “Stay focused and passionate; inspired and curious, and never stop learning.”
As Albert Einstein has said:
The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size!

Awards & Achievements

  • Award recipient of the IGEN (Innovation Generation) 50 award in June 2013, that felicitated the top 50 next generation architects and designers.
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