Chandigarh,18.08.17-Being an architect is touch, says one of the leading architects, Sangeet Sharma, who delves into the journey of a professional practice through his novel, ‘Castles in the Air: Misadventures of a Profession”.

An architect, author, poet, architectural critic, artist, motivational speaker, thinker, and a musician, Sangeet Sharma, opens the novel with a prologue to the book with the words, “Architecture is one hell of a profession.”

Though it is fiction, it smacks of ground reality of being an architecture, Sangeet says.

The frustration of dealing with clients and their general distrust with the architects, unprofessional contractors and suppliers, and above all the lackadaisical attitude of the education system, which gets reflected through the protagonist who goes through the pain of the profession.

I have followed the writing style of A&D i.e. Appear and Disappear, where different characters in different milieu of this professional journey act their part in that particular segment or chapter and leave, he explains.

Many may not agree with my depiction of the professional pangs, but reality of practice prevails, and at times a creative professional finds stifled, about which Sangeet writes in the epilogue, with a concluding remarks, as the ultimate satisfying thoughts, “We are immortalized along with our buildings”.

The book delights as one comes across the nitty-gritty of being an architect.

Sangeet is a visiting faculty to various architecture colleges, and professional fora, and has five other books to his credit, including Architectural Aesthetics, Publisher-Abhishek Publications;  Step by Step Hospital Designing and Planning, Publisher: JAYPEE publications; Architecture Life & Me, Publisher: Rupa & Co.; Corb’s Capitol, Publisher: A3 Foundation/White Falcon; Archi Talks, Publisher: A3 Foundation; One book on English poetry “The Touch of Moon”

Published by Rumour Books India. Pages 234 . Price Rs.299




Sangeet Sharma is a practicing architect in Chandigarh. He is a partner in SD Sharma & Associates, a well-known firm of the region founded by his father Ar. SD Sharma, an eminent Architect. Widely acknowledged and awarded Ar. Sangeet Sharma commands an undisputed international reputation in profession. Carrying forward the legacy and vocabulary established by his father he is fascinated by geometrical forms. By looking at every drawn line as built spaces he follows a certain rationale to his reflective practice. His buildings are based on sustainable applications.

                   He is a multifaceted personality. He is a poet, Architectural critic, writer, artist and author. He has authored Architecture, Life and Me, published by Rupa and Co., a memoir that takes an all-round view of the profession.


  • Author of five books on Architecture

 o   Architectural Aesthetics, Publisher-Abhishek Publications

o   Step by Step Hospital Designing and Planning, Publisher: JAYPEE publications

o   Architecture Life & Me, Publisher: Rupa & Co.

o   Corb’s Capitol, Publisher: A3 Foundation/White Falcon

o   Archi Talks, Publisher: A3 Foundation

o   One book on English poetry “The Touch of Moon”


  • Winner of Eight awards in architecture

 Awarded Best Sustainable Project-2009” by “Archidesign” for “KMG Towers , Mohali (Pb).

    • Awarded Best Concrete Structure-2009” by “Indian Concrete Institute” for KMG Towers at Mohali (Pb)
    • Awarded “Commendation Certificate” for “Excellence in Built Environment”-2009 by “Indian Building Congress” for Timex Factory at Baddi (HP).
    • Awarded “Best Architect Industrial” -2009 by “IAD Awards” for “TIMEX factory at Baddi (HP).
    • Awarded Commendation Certificate” for “Excellence in Built Environment”-2005 by “Indian Building Congress” for “Boys Hostel at NIPER, Mohali (Pb).
    • Honored and Felicitated by “The Economic Times” for the contribution in architecture & Design Space at Architectural and Design Summit held in Mumbai on 29 August 2013 as future “Architectural Icon”.
    • Awarded “Best Concrete Structure-2013” for his project Netsmartz IT Building by Indian Concrete Institute.
    • Awarded “Best Concrete Structure-2015” for his project Mega Boya Hostel at NIT Jalandhar by Indian Concrete Institute.
    • Was one of the four nominees all India for “Architect of the year Award” by Autodesk NDTV design Awards”



 Awarded award for “Creative Excellence and Architectural Authorship” by “First Friday Forum” in year 2010” for versatility writing on Architecture, autobiography, poetry and technical books.

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