Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Indian Architecture Awards 2012

By Pari Syal
Photography: courtesy the architects

Felicitations seem the order of the day world over. Celebrating architecture, we bring you the annual architecture awards by Indian Institute of Architects – by the Architects, for the Architects…

World over, architecture has brought to life many a diverse style, configuration, attitude, even terminology… all open to interpretation, subjective in its applications and inclusive in its meanings.

Infrastructure, urban development, town planning, buildings and their distinctive architectural vocabulary in the midst of heritage structures, modern skyscrapers, vernacular idioms and world views… this is perhaps one field that explores design to the maximum; and considered to be the Mother of all Arts, has undergone and continues to showcase a sea-change, showing transformations in all its parameters – in recent times – a lot in its geometry, depending on the who, where and why of a building! And each of these efforts are celebrated via some or the other awards and felicitations somewhere across the world.

Winners of IIA Awards 2012

India’s exclusive and most prestigious honour bestowed upon professionals in India, for Excellence in Architecture, which aims to encourage, acknowledge, appreciate and honour the significant contributions of member professionals, was recently concluded – on 14th Oct’12 at Mumbai.

Being one of the oldest and most respected marks of success in the architects and builders community in India, the awards are the only ones that are judged by the architects, for architects all over India and are chosen by an independent panel of member representatives from each region, who act as jury during the judging process.

The awardees for year 2012 are:

Residential Category
Awardee: Single Residence - Ar. Jayadev, Cochin
Project: Rithu, Cochin
Highlights of Project: Integrated indoor-outdoor transition; simple lines; play of colours; ample natural light and ventilation.

Awardee: Multi-storey -Ar. Kiran Venkatesh of InFORM Archietcts, Bangalore
Project: Housing Tower One, Hyderabad
Highlights of Project: Green features; responsible living and social interaction spaces; strong massing and colour scheme;  aesthetic of  building  derived from functional and creative moves  intrinsic to planning rather than as external application of elements.

Housing Tower One - Ar. Kiran Venkatesh

Public Category
Awardee: Ar. Manit Rastogi & Ar. Sonali Rastogi of Morphogenesis, New Delhi
Project: City Centre, Siliguri
Highlights of Project: Most significant is the bio-climatological approach; interface between township and city; break-out spaces in the form of landscaped terraces on each floor; indigenous to the city.

City Centre, Siliguri -Ar. Sonali & Manit Rastogi

Interiors Category
Awardee: Ar. Tushar V. of Ochre Architects, Bangalore
Project: No. 20, Office Extension
Highlights of Project: Functional planning with break-free geometry; water bodies; innovative and significant interiors.

Landscape-Design Category
Awardee: Ar. Akash Hingorani of Oasis Designs Inc., New Delhi
Project: Bhairon Marg Urban Landscape, New Delhi.
Highlights of Project: Integrated approach of urban planning that amalgamates the field of Landscape design, transport planning and urban design to bring about a cohesive space that works for the pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Bhairon Marg Urban Landscape - Ar. Akash Hingorani

Research Category
Awardee: Ar. Yatin Pandya of Footprints E.A.R.T.H., Ahmedabad
Project: Concepts of Space
Highlights of Project: Unravelling the inherent virtues of traditional Indian Architecture and interpreting them as universal dictums, relevant to reinstate in contemporary times.

Adalaj Miniature - Ar. Yatin Pandya

Industrial Category
Awardee: Ar. Sunil Patil of SPA, Pune
Project: Fratelli Wines, Akluj
Highlight of Project: Soul of this building are intricately designed spaces, which interact with each other in such a manner that the visitor can feel the process of wine making. Landscape as key microclimate modifier. Simple no-nonsense approach.

Fratelli Wines - Ar. Sunil Patil

Heritage Buildings
Awardee: Ar. Pankaj & Ar. Pranoti Modi, Ahmedabad
Project: Restoration, Rehabilitation & Retrofit - LIMBDI
Highlights of Project: Sensitivity hand-in-glove with dynamism – an ideal approach to heritage architecture.

Urban Infrastructure
Awardee: Ar. Sourabh Gupta of Archohm, Noida
Project: Vadodara Bharuch Toll Plaza
Highlights of Project: Reinterpreting urban infrastructure typology through dramatic visual experience and functional optimization.

Vadodara Bharuch Toll Plaza - Ar. Sourabh Gupta

IAnD heartily congratulates its architect friends on their most recent accomplishments!


  1. Housing Tower One looks really cool! nice article :)

  2. Phil Going Artist at Pag ProductionsOctober 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I travelled to India in2011 and found wonderful freshness and raw talent in both art work and design the sleeping tiger is ready to dance to his own tune artists need other artists bring on the paint.


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