AUM Architects is a collaborative design practice based in Gurgaon, INDIA, founded by Neha & Nirmal Kulkarni a couple of decades ago. The projects designed by the firm largely center on institutional facilities, corporate and commercial spaces & private residences. The practice prides itself on evolving innovative design solutions and has been a recipient of awards in National & International – Architecture & Design Competitions.
Nirmal’s engagement with the design of built environment reflects the goal of evolving an architecture which heightens the sensory experience of form. By weaving an intricate web of spaces which harmonize the hierarchies of volume, scale, materiality, color, & technology, he aims to reach a balanced synthesis whilst addressing programmatic conditions. He sees the practice as a laboratory for generating ideas to be used as tools in creating contextual solutions.
As a practicing architect he has the ability to traverse the boundaries between education and professional practice. He has been a visiting faculty at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and Sushant School of Art & Architecture Gurgaon. He is invited as a jury member to several colleges and other professional forums and is the Moderator for NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) for their G-Sen Trophy 2013-16. He was a part of the housing workshop at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, in Nov 2014. He was a speaker at the 5th Asia Pacific Housing Forum (APHF5) event held in New Delhi, 2015 under the theme ‘Building Impact through Ecosystems for Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Affordable Housing & Sanitation’.
He is also one of the founders of a “not for profit” organization operating from Delhi/NCR called Investigating Design–INDES. It believes that design is an everyday phenomenon and its vision is to be enablers to make design available to everyone using INDES as a platform. It is currently conducting webinars for students of architecture in association with NIASA – Council of Architecture. The other programs involve conducting design workshops for 6th standard students of municipal schools and under-privileged children to enable them to do explore their neighborhoods and search for design opportunities that enhance their everyday built environment.