Mind on Fire, the memoir of the Baburao Mhatre Medal recipient architect S. Gopakumar was launched by Shri. T.P. Sreenivasan, former ambassador and permanent representative of India to the United Nations and Sri G Vijaya Raghavan, first CEO of Technopark. The ceremony was conducted by Indian Institute of Architects Thiruvananthapuram Center on 26th January, 2021 at 5.00 pm.
The book is a journey of Architect S.Gopakumar describing the agony and ecstasy of starting a professional architects office, when such a profession was not even known much to the general public. It also takes you on a ride through the initial stages of architectural education in Kerala.
Architect S. Gopakumar narrates the art of architecture, flanked by moments and the many tales behind the familiar structures that continue to awe us, reminding us gently that no creation is final and no design is perfect.
S Gopakumar graduated in architecture from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, with a gold medal in 1976. Later, he joined architect Padma Vibhushan Charles Correa and became his associate. In 1976, Gopakumar started Kumar Group Total Designers, now one of the leading architectural firms in India. The company has designed major landmarks like Kerala History Museum Kochi, KSRTC bus station Trivandrum, Taj Residency Calicut, Gandhi Park Trivandrum, Shanthi Kavadam crematorium Trivandrum, and DH ground Kochi.
Experiences with Charles Correa and Laurie Baker makes an interesting and inspiring part in the book. It gives an insight into managing a professional firm engaged in the field of architecture, interiors and landscape which are truly beneficial to students and young architects.