Through my work as a writer and editor of mondo*arc india|STIR, I wish to encourage synergy within the creative community, and also reach out to a large and ever-growing population in India that may not directly be part of this realm, but are design-discerning enthusiasts who nevertheless seek content, which facilitates unique experiences. The publication is one platform to disseminate this information consistently, bringing global content to India and offering to the world what is being achieved here.My additional role with STIR as a curator of design initiatives such as workshops, conferences, presentations, exhibitions and other explorative media, allows me to connect directly with fellow designers and professionals of related fields, and create a more interactive environment for them to engage with one another facilitating much needed dialogue, discourse and debate. AL: You have set an example by choosing an alternative career around the profession. What message would you like to give to the younger generation of architects/designers and students who wish to choose similar career options? Mrinalini: In this day and age, there are no limits or restrictions as to what one can do. We are perhaps at a time that permits maximum explorations, adventures and excitement. Architecture is a very wholesome area of study that offers itself as a conduit for communicating experiences. It trains one to be sensitive to their environment, which enables them to communicate with others and therefore create environments that are conducive to their needs. This can be done through space, products, art, or even words, among many other media. The trick is to recognise that it is not a singular path that one treads, but a palette of options that one discovers having gone through an architectural education.
I believe I am where I am as a result of exploiting the opportunities that presented themselves before me. While I knew at the age of 15 that I wanted to be an architect, it was much later that I realised the value of being one and the avenues that I could explore after my training…I do hope more and more professionals recognise this and allow themselves to delve into alternate areas of work.