Though Ratan Tata is known for his leadership qualities and management acumen, as a young boy it was the field of architecture which roused his interest the most. Why did Tata as a college student fascinated by architecture? Who was that person whose works were left an indelible mark in Tata and perhaps inspired him to take up architecture in college? Do you know?
Ratan Naval Tata who was the chairman of Tata Group from 1991 till 2012 and again from 24 October 2016 for interim term, schooled in Mumbai and Shimla, at the Cathedral and John Connon School and Bishop Cotton School (Shimla). After that he went on to do BSc. degree in architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University in 1962. There is a reason for RNT, Ratan Tata famously known as at Bombay House, taking up architecture as subject of study – he was greatly enamoured of America’s then leading architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright who designed more than 1,000 structures during his life time was a great believer of designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy which he called organic architecture. Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home.
Tata on coming back to India in 1960s designed two houses on Road No. 10, Circuit House (East), in Jamshedpur in American prairie-style in sixties which even today are considered as the most elegant houses in Jamshedpur.
On more than one occasion Ratan Tata has made known his love for architecture profession even after becoming the Chairman of Tata Sons. For example, in an interview with an international financial newspaper, Tata, way back in 2000, had spoken about his first passion, “Yes, in some ways I miss not being an architect because it was a very satisfying profession.” And after retiring from the top post of the Tata group of companies in 2012 he had expressed his desire to get back to the profession which he was most passionate about. But unfortunately that never happened. May be destiny had different story to tell.