Working out of the Box is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.
Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, please send us a message.
Archinect: Where did you study architecture?
Prutha Raithatha: Undergrad from University of Mumbai, India and Masters in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue architecture?
PR: I think I was in 7th grade and I had hopes of becoming an artist when someone told me that fine artists didn’t make a lot of money and hence was a bad career choice. Clearly this person was clueless about architecture to have recommended it.
When did you decide to stop pursuing architecture? Why?
PR: I haven’t stopped practicing architecture yet. I have a full time 9 to 6 [7/8/9pm] job as an architect.
Describe your current profession.
PR: Apart from being an architect, I am an experimental fashion blogger, stylist and writer. I write a personal blog called Don’t Shoe Me that captures New York City’s rebellious street fashion and my personal experiments with styling in a storyline or an artistic concept all captured in cool photography. Within the first 6 months of my blog’s inception, I was asked to blog for Vogue India’s website and have been covering NY Fashion Weeks, street fashion and fashion in general for them for the past 2 years. I sometimes write for their magazine, too. I also do some freelance fashion writing or photography for a few other websites.
What skills did you gain from architecture school or working in the architecture industry, that have contributed to your success in your current career?
PR: Relentless patience, sleep is relative, passion for your art is worth occupying Wall Street for and the power of caffeine.
Do you have an interest in returning to architecture?
PR: Yes. I haven’t really left it, but I do feel that I still haven’t begun my real architecture journey either. I think it will truly begin when I start my own firm and design insane structures for Lady Gaga, Nichola Formichetti, Damien Hirst and the likes. Yes, yes, I dream of Genie, and why not?
Photo Credits for All Personal Fashion Project Images: Alison Wynn, Ben Taylor, NURBS, Shraddha Borawake, Upasana Jain, Wayne Liu