Amit Upadhye was brought up in the shadows of the great works of Corbusier and Kahn in Ahmedabad, India, such as Mill Owners Association, Sanskar Museum, Villa Shodhan and Villa Sarabhai by Corbusier and Indian Institute of Management by Kahn that has played a pivotal role in my upbringing.
Amit has worked with high profile companies such as Morphosis, Gensler, Jones Studio, Richard and Bauer, Marwan Al-Sayed, The Construction Zone, Architekton in the US and Aedas and DP Architects in Singapore and Anant Raje Architect in India on broad range of projects from Tall Buildings, Performing Art Centers, Border Station, US Consulate, Commercial/Retail to High-end residential.
Amit is Adjunct Faculty at ASU graduate and undergraduate School of Architecture since 2002. He believes that, good built environment begins with solid foundations laid for students.
He has built high-end residences that were selected by AIA for home tours and published on Archdaily and Architizer websites. He as given talks and presentations about his work and travelogue at renowned institutions of US and India such as University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, Phoenix Art Museum, National Institute of Design, India and FEED Forum, PVP College of Architecture, India.
During the formative years, he was trained under Louis Kahn's Student, late Prof. Anant Raje working on additions to Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
He is passionate about meaningful work in Architecture and to push the envelope through good design.
Amit is licensed in the USA and India with over 25 years of experience specializing in Tall Buildings, Mixed-use, Adaptive reuse, US Govt projects, Work place/Commercial/Retail, Performing arts centers and custom residential projects.
Amit believes that, Architecture is a monastic profession. In his works ‘honesty of expression’ is evident along with dimensions of phenomenology, metaphysics and poetics that add a great sense of meaning to Architecture and play a pivotal role in captivating the human psyche. He has strived to transcend the Form and Function and to reach into the realms of Architectural Will to perceive the needs of Space in the Time. He believes that, Form is a wrapper of Space within Space. Space itself being formless is then potent to manifest itself in infinite forms using elements such as earth, water, fire and air.
He finds, Architecture today has been seriously compromised by many factors that are apparent in Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa’s quote below:
"In the current culture of affluence and abundance, materialism and obsessive consumption, quasi-rationality and nostalgia, architecture has become a threatened art form. The authentic art of building is curiously marginalized by two opposite tendencies; instrumentalization and aestheticization. On one hand, buildings are regarded as mere instruments of simplistic functional performance and shrewd profit making and on the other, as objects of visual seduction flirting the conservatism of taste, or projecting images of superficial novelty. In today's world of instant imagery, architecture seems to be turning into a device of momentary persuasion through the process of aestheticization. This is a strategy, by which even cynical politics and wars are made acceptable and desirable"
-Juhani Pallasmaa, ETHICS IN PLACE, Symposium: 'Architecture, Memory and Environmental Poetics' Feb 2004, phoenix, az, usa.
We are currently engrossed in some exciting mixed-use, international Landscape and residential projects to keep us busy. Stay tuned!
"Thank you for the chance of visiting your fine house last Tuesday. I sent a thank you note to the clients. Congratulations on a fine piece of architecture, clear and sensitive at the same time." - Juhani Pallasmaa, Helsinki, Finland
" I have known Amit Upadhye for twelve years. At some point, most architects will succumb to the lure of India, Kahn, Corbusier and the ancient history of one of the world’s most unique cultures. When Amit appeared in my life, I inherently knew I would soon fulfill my dream of time travel. Thanks to Amit’s persistence and organizational skills, I and four other courageous architects had the amazing experience of India. It was only two weeks in a country thousands of years old but we returned different, and better thanks to Mr. Upadhye’s passion for teaching the cultural relevance of history and architecture… clearly.
I think the best teachers spend their lives as students. Amit is always eager to learn and share the knowledge. His ability to express complexity, enthusiasm and possibility makes any of his subjects compelling.
You will also see from Amit’s resume and portfolio, even at his young age, he is an accomplished architect with elegant built work. Also, he has worked with some great architects who recognized his innate abilities and chose to mentor the young man by sharing their profound insights so he could carry them forward with his own voice.
This is my 36th year as a practicing architect. I know talent when I see it. - Eddie Jones
"Thank you for the tour of your house - A beautiful home, carefully turned into celebrating the desert and the family's daily life." - Prof. Max Underwood, ASU
"I enjoyed the tour at the "Spirit of the Senses" Salon! Your attention to detail was only exceeded by your sensitivity of orientation to the heavens".- Ron Mark