Young architects and designers from all over India felicitated at iGen Design Forum 2019
Architect and Interiors India’s 2019 fresh list, better known as iGen, were in Bengaluru for a day of knowledge sharing and networking with senior members of the design fraternity
It was a day to remember, especially for the young architects and designers who made it to our 10th anniversary issue featuring young architects and designers below the age of 40 who are well equipped to make a difference to the Indian urbanscape. At the end of a power-packed day of inspiring presentations and stimulating panel discussions at our 8th annual iGen Design Forum, held for the first time in Bengaluru – they were doing a ‘victory lap’ on the stage that had been occupied through the day by stalwarts from the fields of architecture, design and construction. Their time to shine in the spotlight had come, and they revelled in the attention and the resounding applause.
This is our eighth fresh list till date, so these 50 bring the total number of iGens to 400, adding up to a universe of remarkable talent that could change our world. Our attempt is to offer a platform that would springboard them to success, and it has proved successful over the years. These youngsters, we believe, represent the energy, dynamism and enthusiasm that characterises generation-next.
Intelligent, inspired, informed and individualistic – these are just some of the many ‘i’s that characterise our youth. As a young publication conceived with the purpose of disseminating ideas, inspiration and insights among Indian architects and designers, we identify with this new generation. We believe that the spark of their creative passion must be fanned so that they can blaze a trail of success. Through this annual hotlist, we showcase the sense of vitality, optimism and creativity that defines the new India. These are the torch bearers of the idealism, innovation and individualism that mark those influenced by the legacy of Steve Jobs – the iPhone, iPad, iPod… in short, iGen.
What is most exciting about our iGen Design Forum is the support extended to us by members of the construction and design community, who mark the date on their calendar and ensure their presence. This year, we were thrilled to welcome Manit Rastogi of Morphogenesis and Sunita Kohli of K2 Architects & Designers as keynote speakers, in addition to a battery of speakers such as Ajay Koshy (Brigade Group), Gauri Gore (Edifice Consultants), Nilabh Nagar (Architect Hafeez Contractor), Sabina Reddy (M Moser Associates) and Brinda Sengupta (HKS India) – on Panel 1 in the morning.
In the afternoon, there was Krishnarao Jaisim (Jaisim – Fountainhead), Shivani Gour (Gensler), Naresh V Narasimhan (Venkataramanan Associates), Husna Rahaman (Fulcrum Studio), Anshul Chodha (Sanctuary Architects & Designers), Rakesh Lakra (Shaw Floors India), Dinesh Verma (ACE Group Architects) and Sharukh Mistry (Mistry Architects) on Panel 2; followed by Prem Chandavarkar (CnT Architects), Nejeeb Khan (KGD Architecture), Marek Šebestyén (RSP Design Consultants India), Gayathri Shetty (Gayathri & Namith Architects), Mohit Hajela (Jaquar Group), Puran Kumar (Studio PKA), Giuseppe Morando (UrbanFrame – A Space Matrix Group Company), Sunil Khatwani (LG) and Ravindra Kumar (Pragrup Architects).
It was a day of inspiration for the iGens, and an illuminating one for the rest of the audience as well. We are proud and happy to declare the iGen Design Forum in Bengaluru an unqualified success.