STALWARTS OF ARCHITECTURE COMING TO KOCHI…


As part of Sthapatheeyam’15, Designer Publications is organizing a two day symposium for student architects and young architects across the country. The event, Assemblage of gen-next  will feature sessions by renowned architects from across the country, which will give the student an opportunity to get to know about the latest trends and developments in the field of architecture, interact with master architects and exchange ideas with them. Various competitions are also organised for students of architecture, related to the present-day architecture scenario in the country. Students all across the country are expected to be a part of the event which will give them a chance to unite under one roof for a unique experience.


 

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One of the India’s best-known architects, Raj Rewal is recognized internationally for buildings that respond sensitivity to the complex demands of rapid urbanization, climate and culture. In a country that is both developing and industrialized, whose architectural inheritance is ancient and recent and whose society is conservative and pluralist, Rewal’s work combines sophisticated technology and a sense of history and context, imparted not only by design but by local material such as ochre and rose sandstone, evoking the great Mogul monuments.

Educated in Delhi and London, Rewal worked in Michel Ecochards’s office in Paris before starting his practice in New Delhi. He has received among many other honours, the Gold Medal from Indian Institute of Architects and the Robert Mathew Award from the Commonwealth Associations of Architects.


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Karan Grover has been passionately advocating the need to look at ones culture and heritage for clues as to the direction for a contemporary architecture and sustainable development relevant to the Indian context today. He has enthused children in conservation and been nominated a “social entrepreneur” as a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, Washington. Winner of all the Indian Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Interior Design; he almost single handedly won India’s nominations for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status for Champaner after a 22 year old campaign. In 2004, Grover became the first architect in the world to win the U.S. GBC “Platinum” Award for the greenest building in the world.


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Educated at University of New South Wales, Australia. A past-President of PAM {Malaysian Institute of Architects}, Founder Member and First Vice President of the Heritage of Malaysia Trust, Past-President of Friends of Heritage, Founding Member and Executive Council Member WACA {World Association of Chinese Architects}, and Past Convenor of Arcasia {Architects’ Regional Council of Asia} Fellowship. his work is renowned and recognised for its uncompromising and unconventional sustainable equatorial tropical architecture which is renewable; that explores and celebrates “the Rites of the Tropics”, typified by “architecture without walls”, the delineation of floors, exploding of walls, multi-layered roofs for natural ventilation of energy efficiency. He has won many awards including the coveted Aga Khan Award. He lectures extensively at conferences/seminars and teaches at Universities. was Adjunct Professor Curtin University, Western Australia, Advisor to Alfa College of Design, Malaysia and invited Adjunct Professor University of Tasmania, Australia.


 

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Director of BV Zaanen Spanjers Architects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the past president of BNI, and a past board member in IFI, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers.
He served as ECIA (European Council of Interior Architects) president from 2004 -2008.

Spanjers began his architectural practice in 1976. His extensive experience in the field  has led him to be a member of various prestigious arts & culture-related committees across Europe.

 

 

 


 

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Rafiq Azam is an contemporary architect from Bangladesh. He and his firm, Shatotto, specialize in modern architectural aesthetics inspired by the lush, riverine landscape of the Bengal delta, and the ancient architectural heritage of the region.
Rafiq Azam is a graduate from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 1989. His practice “SHATOTTO architecture for green living” was established in May 1995.
Shatotto intends to unearth the lost history and heritage of Bengal and recreate the missing link of its urban and rural culture. The firm also tries to bridge the gaps between architectural values and the current crisis of a responsible architecture, in order to generate conversation among people, communities and nature for a healthy society.

 


 

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Naresh V Narasimhan is well known for his long-term association with Venkataramanan Associates (VA), an award-winning architectural firm, based in Bangalore, founded in 1970. He is best known in  his roles as an urbanist, activist, and creative entrepreneur in Bangalore. He is one of the founding members of the famous & erstwhile Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) and is on a mission to change Bangalore’s existing infrastructure into a people-friendly one and hgas fuelled many progressive causes for the city. He maintains a healthy and eclectic work‐style, with interests that range from social innovation, knowledge-sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art and popular culture.

 


 

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Trained as an architect from IIT Kharagpur (1984), he now holds expertise in several domains such as Computer Aided Design, Knowledge Management, Artificial Intelligence, Web Technology.
He believes that the practice of architecture requires both abstract thinking and delivery on the ground and hence got involved in both research along with realization of architecture projects.

He has carried out research in the field of architecture representation systems and discovered some mathematical principles. He was awarded the JIIA (Journal of Indian Institute of Architects) special award for research in 1991 for this work. These principles were incorporated into a software (TAD Designer Lite)


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Himanshu Burte is an architect based in Goa, India and is involved in practice, research and writing. He is a graduate of Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai. He is a visiting Fullbright Scholar at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley for the 2008-09 academic year. His work so far straddles the worlds of architectural practice, independent writing and research and initiatives towards building a cross-disciplinary discourse about architecture and urban space.

In his writing and teaching Himanshu continually attempts to build a humane critique of current architectural and planning practices and their larger societal implications. He has an established and continuing interest in the intersections of culture, urban management, politics and design in the construction of the public sphere.


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Based in Trivandrum, Kerala, he advocates the use of locally available materials, sustainability, and eco-friendliness and cost effectiveness. He founded the Habitat Technology Group, Trivandrum, in 1985, and is still the chief architect of the group as of 2012, and serves on a number of boards. He has also won the prize for the best architect in Kerala. His attitude to green architecture has gained him a reputation as the “people’s architect”. Shankar has been awarded the 2011 Padma Shri by govt. of India.


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Architect, academician, and thinker, Neelkanth Chhaya heads the department of architecture at CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) in Ahmedabad. Prof. Chhaya has researched and worked extensively in the domain of appropriate architecture for India. He has extensively documented places of historic significance and authored numerous critical papers on the same. His design for the Centre of Environment Education is one of the most significant examples of sustainable design. He recently collaborated with Hunnarshala to build cost-effective crafts centre in Kuchchh, Gujarat. He has great investment in teaching architecture and his practice is a reflection of his intense involvement with the school. Prof Chhaya studied architecture from CEPT and has been associated with the Masters Program for Architects in Developing Nations in Helsinki. He lives and works in Ahmedabad.
After having practiced in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1975-82, Neelkanth Chhaya moved base from Africa to India. Started Mandala Design Services in Vadodara, with partners Kallol Joshi and Sohan Neelkanth. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad after a 24-year teaching sojourn at the School.


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Chitra Vishwanath began her practice in 1990 as an architect wanting to work on her own and make a change in the scenario of the Indian housing market. The practice provided economical solutions with a dedicated sense of integrity in all financial dealings.  She is now co-founder at Biome Environmental, a Bangalore-based firm focused on ecology, architecture and water. Created by the 2008 merger of Chitra K. Vishwanath Architects and Rainwater Club, their service offerings range from architectural and rainwater harvesting design to environmental planning consultancy and comprehensive water strategising.


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Rajeev Kathpalia is a graduate of the College of Architecture, Chandigarh, 1979 and of Washington University at St. Louis, 1984 with a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design. He has worked in Delhi, Kuwait and St. Louis and He currently practices from Ahmedabad and  is a partner at Vastu Shilpa Consultants a professional consultancy practice in architecture, urban planning and design. He is also a trustee and Joint Director of the Vastu Shilpa Foundation a non profit research organization in environmental and habitat design. He is visiting faculty at CEPT, Ahmedabad and has lectured extensively at Universities in India and abroad. He is a recipient of several national honours and awards, including the prime minister`s national award for innovative urban design for Restructuring the Historic core of Hyderabad in India, and his works have been published in several journals all over the world.


 

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Prof K.T. Ravindran is Dean Emeritus at the RICS School of Built Environment. He was earlier a Dean and Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for over two decades. He is also the Founder and President of the Institute of Urban Designers – India, a professional association of qualified urban designers. He is a member of the academic boards of a number of universities in India and teaches classes such as “Urban Morphology” and “Humanizing Cities”. His work focuses on the development of cities, and more specifically on the inclusion and conservation of heritage buildings in modern urban spaces.

K.T. Ravindran is a frequent speaker at many national and international conferences and is a regular contributor to professional magazines and newspapers in India on subjects relating to urban design, planning, architecture and urban conservation. He is also significantly involved in public decision-making sphere. He was the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of the Government of India for the last five years where he oversaw the scrutiny of the environmental sustainability of national-scale architectural projects.

As the former Chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, KT Ravindran found himself at the intersection of the aesthetical, environmental and sociological ends of architectural endeavours. He is now nominated as Member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Capital Master Plan, a five member committee drawn from around the world, advising the Secretary General of the United Nations on the ongoing UN project in New York.

Very interested in vernacular building traditions, he proves that creativity in design is of utmost importance to develop solid projects as the architectural challenges facing Indian city-dwellers can only be overcome with new solutions and public participation.


 

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Srivathsan is Deputy Editor, The Hindu and is on the adjunct faculty of Asian College of Journalism and School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University , Chennai. After completing his doctoral research on Temple towns of Tamil Nadu, he taught and practised as an architect before shifting to journalism. He has worked and published on contemporary Indian architecture, heritage issues and urban studies.


 

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Krishnarao Jaisim is an architect and the past chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Karnataka Chapter. His work has been featured in various prestigious national & international forums.
Jaisim Fountainhead was founded in 1970. Over a span of four decades the firm has undertaken and executed scores of projects in almost every aspect of the building industry. Building on a philosophy that is committed to the earth and dedicated to the client, every creation is iconoclastic, individualistic and eco-friendly.


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Born in 1967 at Mysore, Karnataka, Shanthamani Muddaiah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), Mysore and her Master’s from MS University, Baroda. She also did a course in Papermaking at Glasgow, Scotland and worked for brief periods as an art teacher and on conservation of wall paintings in India, before taking to her fulltime art practice. Exploring materiality within transcendental matter, her sculptures, often made of charcoal, resemble stone monuments, appearing stable and strong from a distance, but their fragility becoming apparent on closer inspection. The markings of wood are still borne by the black blocks, as traces of memory of the fire it consumed or that consumed it. The carbonized forms begin to reveal their frailty and the possibility of their disintegrating back into dust. Shanthamani, who has made rustic charcoal into a metaphor of what has been described as ‘lingering material manifestations’, has also worked on video, photography and other media. Recipient of National Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and the Charles Wallace Scholarship for study in Glasgow, her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Sri Lanka, Paris, Miami, Dubai, Norway and Tel Aviv amongst others. Her works are part of many private collections in India and abroad including the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Government Museum, Bangalore. Shanthamani lives and works in Bangalore.

 


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Soumitro Ghosh, of Mathew & Ghosh architects, Bangalore. Educated at CEPT University. Visits various colleges & universities in India to conduct architecture design reviews.

Their designs are clean, almost dogged in their simplicity, and they believe in incorporating the space around which their buildings are built to create harmony.

Core philosophy: Their buildings come as a complex matrix of factors, their designs are based on an understanding of geology, sunlight, wind and overall climatic patterns so that they can build using the elements to advantage.

Memorable moment: They prefer to use the words ‘favourite project idea’, which was their submission to the Bhopal Gas tragedy memorial competition which got them the second prize. They won the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture award for the Bhopal Gas tragedy memorial design in 2007.

Proud to have built:
 The Sua House, the Bethel Baptist Church, National Military Memorial and the famous Freedom Park that is now a tourist attraction and was once Bangalore’s Central Jail.
Design decoded: They believe that taking care of environmental factors is an intrinsic part of the design solution. They have refused projects at times, “When the larger aspiration of the project, and the art of making a work of architecture is reduced and compromised to a banal agglomeration, we just say no