Saturday 26th January


Samira Rathod, Dr Meghal Arya, Rajeev Kathpalia, Aniket Bhagwat and Riyaz Tayyibji speaking about the exhibition, its intent and retrospective comments, perceived successes and failures. What this initiative has opened up and its future trajectories.


Sunday 27th January

B: BIG BANG (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm):
Naresh Narsimhan (Venkataramanan Assoc. Bangalore), Prem Chandavarkar (CnT, Bangalore), Saurabh Gupta (Archohm, Delhi), Bobby Desai (Director of Design, HCP, Ahmedabad)
Moderated: Rajeev Kathpalia

The aim of this discussion is to outline the parameters that shape architectural practice today. With particular interest and focus on issues of scale, speed and the operational requirements, we ask, what is the relationship between the creative and business side of the practice? What is the relationship between the scale of practice and the nature of project? Is the large firm the only relevant mode of practice in the present architectural scenario? What are its methodologies? What are its potentials and limits? How do large firms connect and relate to the needs of the built environment? And finally what does this mean for the present and future of the profession?

C. DEVELOPING FUTURES(6:30- 8:30 pm):
Dr Bimal Patel (Director HCP-DPM, President CEPT University), Samir Sinha (Director Savvy infrastructure), Anand Iyer (NIUA)
Moderated: Aniket Bhagwat

This session aims to discuss the idea of development, its future trajectories in shaping our cities and environment and how this impacts the profession of architecture both in terms of how ‘projects’ are defined and how it will require the architect to ‘perform’ – in new ways perhaps? In short, this session will ask what the world expects from architects?

Programs through the Week

Four Exhibition tours throughout the week. Monday to Thursday. Each to be conducted by one of the four of us. Additional Walks/ Visits to be discussed. (4:00-5:30pm)

Evening Programs:

30th January (6:00-8:00 pm)

Smit Vyas (Studio 4000), Apoorva Sharma (Research Assoc. SEA, Mumbai), Lekha Samant and Nishita Parmar (Compartment S4)
Moderated: Riyaz Tayyibji

This conversation is aimed to understand the perception that young architects have of the profession and its future, the potentials they see and the manner in which they plan to shape their work and practice.

31st January (6:00-8:00 pm)

Bhanu Pratap (HOD, INDUS University), Snehal Nagarsheth (Architect & Academic, CEPT University), Rishi Singhal (Discipline Lead, Photography Design, NID, Gandhinagar)
Moderated: Dr Meghal Arya

With the emphasis of architectural education shifting to a broader ‘interdisciplinary’ mode, we discuss the relevance of this approach. The need for a broader knowledge base versus an inevitable loss of disciplinary focus. What is a relevant approach to architectural education in the present context of the profession?

1st February (6:00-8:00 pm)

Miki Desai (Teacher, Academic & Architectural Historian), Shiny Varghese (Indian Express), Samira Rathod (Editor SPADE), Anuj Daga (Architect & Writer).
Moderated: Dr Meghal Arya

There are many forms of writing that have gradually become more important in the context of Indian Architecture. The book, the paper, the magazine and the newspaper all disseminate ideas of the profession. We discuss the importance and relationship of writing for the profession.

Saturday 2nd Feb

G. MEANING AND ALL THAT JAZZ: (3:00-5:00 pm)
Zameer Basrai (Busride Design Studio), Madhusudhan Chalasani (Studio MADe), Ruturaj Parikh (Matter)
Moderated: Riyaz Tayyibji

This discussion is aimed at the question, ‘why many architects choose to practice outside the boundaries of conventional practice?’ What motivates them, what they hope to achieve and the nature of
the practice that is a result of this. What is the professional importance of doing things that one doesn’t ‘have to’.

H. CORPORATE PATRONAGE: (5:00- 6:00 pm)
Anish Bajaj, HG representatives.
Moderated: Aniket Bhagwat

Discussing the potential and future of corporate patronage, how this should and can be channelled and conceptualised for the profession

I . QUIET FLOWS: (6:30-8:30 pm):
A conversation with architects Leo Periera and Kiran Pandya.
Moderator: Snehal Nagarsheth

A conversation with the two re-known architects whose practices have spanned a period of four decades and more, producing seminal works of architecture. Their involvement at the School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad has shaped a generation of architecture students in the most profound manner. After many years they speak in public about their experiences and work.

Sunday 3rd Feb

J. COURT MARTIAL CLOSURE: (3:00-4:30 pm)
The DoA group of participating architects in conversation.
Moderated by Rohan Shivkumar (Academic & Film Maker)

This session ends where it all started with Rohan putting the contributors to the exhibition on the block, this time looking back at the year that the exhibition travelled and opened in cities across India. Most importantly it will discuss the relevance of such efforts and their potentials.

P.K. Das (Architect – Activist, Mumbai), Sanjay Prakash (Studio for Habitat Futures, SHiFt, New Delhi), Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya (Former Dean, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Adjunct Faculty Srishti School of Design), Dr. Sudhir Jain (Director IIT, Gandhinagar)
Moderated by Durganand Balsawar

In the context of the present state of the profession and with a witness to the exhibition, we ask, “what are the relevant questions that the profession of architecture must deal with?”