The Architectural League Questionnaire:
Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain is principal of Studio Mumbai Architects. Click here to read the interview.

What word or phrase do you most overuse?
No idea. Vulnerability, maybe.

If you could have designed any building in the world, what would it be?
The Stepwells in India.

What is your favorite airport?
The ones that don’t have any aerobridges.

What is the one thing you always pack when you travel?
My sketchbook.

What architect from the past do you most admire?
Louis Kahn.

What is your favorite city or town?
A tough one. I don’t have a favorite city, not a specific one. I like New York, I like Mumbai, I like London, I like Zurich. No one favorite, but I love cities.

If you could own any masterpiece of art, what would it be?
“The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even.”

What book has had the most influence on you?
Mahabharata

What is the last song or album you listened to?
Indian classical music. Rashid Khan was the vocalist. Not a full album but a few pieces.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Not clothing, but a material. Cotton linen.

Name one obsessive architect behavior that you have.
Collecting books.

What is your idea of misery?
I think the state of despair, or no hope, is a place of misery for me.

What is your idea of happiness?
It’s one where there is hope.

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
Maybe a marine biologist.