Interview with Rohit Bhardwaj | Architect | Interior Designer | Founder and CEO at TECTICONISM Studio

Rohit Bhardwaj

At BrilliantRead Media, we always strive to bring to our community some of the finest stories from the entrepreneurship world. As part of this endeavour, we invited yet another passionate entrepreneur – Rohit Bhardwaj for an exclusive interview with us. Rohit is an Architect, Interior Designer and Founder and CEO of TECTICONISM Studio. Let’s learn more about his inspiring journey, background and advice for our growing community!

Excerpts from our exclusive interview with Rohit:

Talk us through your background and your journey to become an entrepreneur, please;

I belong to a farmer’s family that used to run on loan from the banks OR some richest persons from the nearest town. That money you put in the crop until it comes out to the market for sale and later if you might get lucky you would have 5%-10% extra money to live on for the next whole year.

In these kinds of conditions, my parents have a dream that we are in these conditions but our child will be an educated one where we don’t have to rely on the crop. So they somehow managed to get me admitted to Janta Bal Vidyalaya (it’s almost 12 km from my village) for my primary education.

Then I did my further schooling at Sarvodaya School (Govt. Schools) in Delhi. After that, I pursued my diploma in Architectural Assistantship from BTE Delhi and then completed my Bachelor in Architecture from DCRUST Murthal. So I would say my journey from childhood itself was a product of rare opportunities.

When I was pursuing my diploma I got in contact with an Architect from Italy named “Bardia Azizi”. We used to create online posts related to Architectural & Interior design on the international level, later I hosted an event “Peace One Day” at India gate for 2 years in a row.

For me hosting these events at India Gate was one of the turning points which helps me to get on the note that yes I have some leadership qualities and yes I can dream of something that one day will make a huge impact on this nation. So as soon as I completed my diploma I established my firm TECTICONISM Studio.

During my graduation, my HOD (Mr Nikender Gulia) helped me to grow with his idea of looking at the world. He is one of the finest Art faculty I have ever seen. He used to say to me “start with small efforts and one day you’ll make a huge impact”. So I lead my college in the conventions of NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture).

Although we were in the early stages of participating in NASA, yeah that was another turning point to get me to that thought “yes I have some leadership qualities and yes I can dream something that one day will make a huge impact on this nation”.

I started my journey as a junior architect in an Architectural & Interior Design service-based outsourcing firm and I successfully reached the level of Team Leader where I handled a team of 15-20 persons.

I learned a lot of management skills from the directors and the top leadership of the firm but someday I realized that my growth has been stopped and I am not in the right direction so I had to leave the firm to focus on my dream.

Rohit Bhardwaj

What attracts you towards entrepreneurship instead of a corporate career?

In a corporate career, you do a lot of exciting things but those have some limits. These limits are the foundations that cannot help one to achieve satisfactory goals for the life ahead. Most people are very happy with this life because they get a good time to spend with their family, a good weekend, some really good perks like vacations and bonuses and most importantly a good package. I feel this is a really easy life and I cannot fit in this kind of life people have.

You know, I am a big fond of watching TED, Think School on YouTube and after watching those clips I realized that this world could not be at this stage if less than 1% of the youth of this world would not have imagined beyond the stereotype thinking. I have no role model but I get so motivated by people who are making an impact on this world.

Most of the founders lived their hard times like, starting from zero, working 18-20 hours a day, almost going bankrupt yet not giving up on their dreams and when they finally kissed the success that’s feeling is really out of this world. So I wanted to feel it, I wanted to make an impact on people’s lives and I don’t really trust sitting on social media and commenting on politics like 99% of youth do in this nation so I choose to become an entrepreneur over corporate.

‘TECTICONISM Studio’ is such a unique name; talk us through more about it, please. Our audience would also love to know what kind of problem you are solving?

TECTICONISM is a unique identity itself that means “An Era of process from scratch to finish”.

We provide design documentation services for overseas clients. We have mainly projected related to the hospitals, commercial, residential, hospitality & retails.

During this COVID-19 crisis, what are the measures you have undertaken to continue your business without disruption?

I would say yes COVID-19 was really the worst time for many but for us, it was pretty good on the point of business, in the lockdown itself, we noticed the good impact of this on the people’s lives.

1) We never thought that in this module of coordination we could ever implement work from home and that was a really successful thing that happens to us.

2) Initially, it was really a difficult time but soon we were able to add persons (most of them are freelancers) who actually needed something to take care of their families.

3) We learned a lot of new things such a Servers, Drive, Screen sharing, Zoom meetings, etc. made a really huge difference in this working module.

Rohit Bhardwaj

How do you manage to keep going despite the challenges? What drives you?

There’s the only thing on this planet that drives you well, which helps you to grow faster, which makes your journey amazing. That’s “Challenges” if there are no challenges then I am sorry to say you are not moving. I was never scared of facing these because the definition is different for me. That’s how most of the complications go away.

When something comes up, I never hesitate to discuss that with my team, with my close friends and they use to come up with 2-3 ideas and I amalgamate that with mine and I am done. That’s how challenges help us grow. I love to keep things simple and don’t make anything complicated.

I think it is the biggest source of moving faster from any challenging situation. Your trust in yourself and the people around you should always be there and you’ll be unstoppable.

Who do you believe has been the biggest source of motivation?

The biggest source of motivation is my parents who worked hard to get me on this level (although still a way to go). The smile on their faces and tears of joy in the eyes of my grandfather motivates me to achieve more and more. The trust & belief of my siblings, close friends, team, and mentors is one of the sources that drive me on a daily basis.

To be very honest in the very initial days of this business I used to be frustrated, always have doubts, and always have long faces but there was some support that helped to take me on the right path.

They (Su, Kapil & Siddartha) used to work on this idea over day and nights about 18 hours a day just to finish up a project, which is the biggest source of motivation in the early stage of this business.

Nowadays, when I enter the office, I see the enthusiasm of finishing up a task on the faces of my team that makes my day.

What are some of the strategies that you believe have helped you grow as a person? 

There are a few:

(a) Being honest no matter if it is against me

(b) Always ready to help others

(c) Being responsible for every action

(d) Polite nature that I have (sometimes it backfires, LOL)

(e) Respecting the dignity of others

(f) Keen to learn and adopt new tricks and technology

Given the rapid pace at which the world is changing, what are the leadership traits that are necessary for success? 

Bold decisions, handling situations calmly, listening to the problems, solving out the problems, overruling where needed, adopting new technologies, can be the biggest leadership treats one would have.

You are always positive and motivated, what keeps you going?

Honestly, I was not a positive person until I started this venture and scaled up to an eight-person team, then, there came some instances where I joined this club of being positive no matter what.

Cause, being negative never helps but being positive drives you to a different and well-maintained path of success and I believe that I somewhere feeling it

On a personal level, I keep on adopting things like reading some good novels, meditating, or going for a walk alone, or just sitting doing nothing keeps me charged.

If I talk about overall motivation on the work, when we submit a project to an overseas client and they share their feedback like “We never thought that Indians are really good in detailing”, I literally get goosebumps and that’s how we keep on submitting a good set of drawings to the clients just to get the title of “Indians” instead of my name or firm name. This is one of the biggest sources of motivation that drives us all at our studio.

In your opinion, what are the keys to success?

For me, the key to success is

– Being Consistent

– Calculate risk & move further

– Practice your weapons before heading up to the war

– Be handy in handling mistakes & criticism

– Focus & Discipline

– Positive attitude to handling situations

– Keep Going Never Stop no matter what

Rohit Bhardwaj

What advice would you give students and young professionals who want to have a successful career?

I think I am not the right person to advise but yeah I would like to say, do not choose any vertex cause someone is doing better with the same. Choose something that makes you happy and keep on moving. In your initial days, learn a lot, practice a lot, don’t go behind money just choose your career where growth can happen, money will automatically chase you.

It’s hypothetical that people say that if you want growth just switch your jobs frequently but that’s not the perfect thing for your career. If you can have any specialization that can be your biggest strength so make something your strength. Do learn lots of skills but be master in one of your skills.

Chase your dreams, trust in the process, trust in your aura everything will come to you.

 

Follow Rohit At: 
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohitarbhardwaj/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bhardwaj_rohit2610/
Please don’t forget to read – Interview with Apoorva Kulshrestha | Architect | Founder at ADS Architects and Interiors

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