Kinghsuk Datta

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. I finished my undergraduate studies in architecture in 2008 from Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai which has spearheaded architectural education in Asia since 1857. After interning at Architect Kamal Malik, a much respected practice, I worked for the internationally award-winning young firm of Planet 3 Studios Architecture, both in Mumbai. My six years spent in Mumbai was the most intense learning phases of my life, until I came to Brookes.

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. My undergraduate college friend who has studied before me believed that I was fitted for this course more than any other. It's quite a personal reason. The much respected faculty was something I couldn't have found elsewhere. The city where one lives affects a lot in what one becomes, Oxford is a very balanced city for student life. It would be unwise not to acknowledge that the course content was also my prime motivation. Crucially because I found the course manifesto to be highly challenging as much as it was notion-breaking and it was not affiliated to any avant-garde/clichéd school of thought, which is almost a prerequisite in creative learning, but seldom found.

  5. What do you think of the course now you're here?
  6. I enjoyed every bit of my learning time here while a generous amount of International culture percolated my growing world-view. The course demands a lot of sincerity and devotion and is as highly laborious as it is engaging. As I got into the coursework, I learnt more about architecture than I had before including that learning is a lifelong process. Looking at the whole time spent, it was very enriching throughout, sometime I got more than what I expected and at other times not. I am sure what I assimilated here is going to go with me for the rest of my life.

  7. What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?
  8. In all good hope, I wish to gain international exposure in a future-forward practice for a couple of years and then pursue a collaboration in India with a great friend from design school. My nation is already on a giant leap of progress, there is so much more to do. It is a very promising time to be a creative professional, especially in India. I am also working on a PhD proposal which I intend to start as soon as my finances and time schedule allow me.

  9. What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
  10. Absolutely adorable people, esp. the M-AAD and Cheney crowd & the administrators, the course manifesto, and of course the faculty made Brookes the most intense phase of my life... I would never cease to love the studio and its resources, I am sure it's one of the best any UK school has to offer. In such a huge congregation of youthful minds with such diverse outlook at life, all engaged in pursuit of a certain thing, one cannot just stay untouched by this brainstorm.

  11. What advice do you have for others?
  12. Learning doesn't start at 'Kindergarten' nor does it end with a 'Job' so it's imperative that everyone pursues what they most love doing.

Kingshuk Datta

Kingshuk studied MArch (Advanced Architectural Design) with the School of Architecture

I would never cease to love the studio and its resources, I am sure it's one of the best any UK school has to offer.