July 2019

July 2019

Architect Interiors India

Language: English

Tuesday, 09 July 2019

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Abha Narain Lambah

08 Jul 2019

Childhood fascinations with history and space pointed Abha Narain Lambah to her calling as a conservation architect. The alumnus of Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) has come a long way since her first independent project: preparing urban signage and street furniture guidelines for Dadabhai Naoroji (DN) Road in Fort, Mumbai. Among the many milestones that her 1998-born practice Abha Narain Lambah Associates has achieved, its founder, an ardent admirer of Joseph Allen Stein and Charles Correa, counts restorations of Elphinstone College, a pioneering case of public private partnership, and Ladakh’s 15th-century Maitreya Temple — declared among the World’s Most Endangered Sites, management plan for Ajanta and the revival of Mumbai’s derelict (and iconic) Opera House as significant.  The list is telling, and it exemplifies Lambah’s firm belief that heritage is not the exclusive domain of the ancient and monumental; even relatively new edifices belonging to the 19th and 20th centuries, for instance, may make worthy subjects of preservation activities. The architect, who finds simple people and travel inspiring, is guided by contextual design — which means, while she may champion the cause of keeping our built heritage safe, she does it by keeping sustainability in mind.

Abin Chaudhuri

09 Jul 2019

Abin Chaudhuri was on a solid wicket professionally, after graduating from Kolkata’s Jadavpur University in 1998. He worked as creative head for Lafarge, and then served as director at Adler & Associates. But the call of more education — he pursued Industrial Design at Domus Academy, Milan, in 2005 — was followed by the desire to go solo, and realised with the establishment of Abin Design Studio (ADS) in October of that year. While Chaudhuri’s initial aspiration, to be involved in the design and construction of a public building, was realised with his very first project — the International Management Institute, Kolkata — his sensitivity to the social aspects of design is demonstrated by assignments such as the Bamboo Pavilion, a temporary temple built as a shelter for the deity during a local festival, and the museum and academic research centre Nazrul Tirtha, which pays tribute to revolutionary poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by attempting to embody his philosophy through design. Currently, ADS is on the quest for projects that have scope for experimentation — dynamic explorations that allow them to realise the philosophy of providing a “soul in a shell.”  Parallelly, the admirer of Charles Correa keeps dreaming of many things, among them “the paths that we build as we move from one design to another.”

Abraham John & Alan Abraham

09 Jul 2019

There’s no endorsement as powerful as repeat clientele. And Abraham John Architects have seen plenty of those since they set up shop in 1967. The practice has had a string of well-known clients over the years – TCS, Britannia Biscuit Co., Glaxo Laboratories, Canara Bank, United Phosphorous, YMCA, Oxfam International… Known for a contemporary perspective and attention to detail, both, founder Abraham John and his son Alan Abraham — who now co-manages the practice with his father — are registered architects with the Council of Architecture. Their oeuvre tells us of the duo’s penchant for balancing form and function, their interest in connecting spaces to nature, and their skill in optimising space. While the firm believes in being forward-looking — they transitioned to BIM, which allows them to do more in less time and focus on design rather than merely drawing — its principals are eager to give back to society, whether through work for calamity-affected areas of Latur, Rajkot, coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, or through close involvement in a series of urban renewal plans, collectively called The Bombay Greenway Project, that seek to rejuvenate areas such as such as Shivaji Park, Carter Road, Mahalaxmi, Saat Rasta, Juhu Beach… and transform the city.

Ainsley Lewis

09 Jul 2019

Any design intervention is a precursor to the act of urbanisation, according to architect Ainsley Lewis, and it is according to this ideology that he runs his private practice. “Urban interventions is to research user aspirations and manifest them in appropriate,innovative and sustainable best practices, while leveraging socio-cultural and ecological concerns,” says the Mumbai-based architect who began his career collaborating with Nuru Karim on several architecture and interior projects. Following his Master’s degree in Urban Design, he set up an independent firm to pursue projects in urban design, architecture and interior architecture, with research as its main anchor. From his portfolio that includes architectural conservation, The museum for Christian art in Goregaon stands out as one of his defining works so far.
Despite being away from the limelight, Lewis has led his firm to many victories, from the IAB Young Architects Award, winning the AKESI School competition at Vapi, and the Jindal Award for Innovation in the use of Stainless Steel. Along with his practice, Lewis has taken a keen interest in architecture education and has been teaching since 1996, and is currently the dean of Bachelor of Architecture at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA).
In the coming years, he hopes to address the unique challenges of informal housing in the city. “Policy and regulation, especially for these areas that can shape urbanity, needs to be revisited. The slum dweller needs to be at the centre of all the discourse, so as to frame a more inclusive policy,” says Lewis.

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