Remembering the Vivek Punjabi design legacy through Visions Award
Young architecture students had an opportunity to not only showcase their skills, but also receive encouragement and support from the fraternity at the recently-held Vivek Punjabi Visions Award. Established in memory of Vivek Punjabi who launched one of the first 3D Rendering Studios in India called Visions, this award seeks to inspire students towards a better representation of the designs they create in colleges. Punjabi is just the icon the students need to look up to; after all, he was a pioneer in this field, beginning to specialise in 3D visuals as early as 1996 – when design studios and architects in India had just begun to learn software programmes like AutoCAD.
Over 200 entries were judged by Shilpa Punjabi, Sanjay Puri, Sonali Bhagwati, Zarir Mullan, Gayathri Shetty and Yatin Patel. Kunal Bhoge from National Institute of Technology, Raipur, was adjudged the overall winner, bagging a trophy, certificate and cash prize of Rs.1,00,000. Runners-up Bharat Ahuja (Giani Zail Singh CCET College, Bhathinda) and Keshav Rathi (School of Architecture, IPS Academy, Indore) were awarded with Rs.40,000 and Rs.25,000 respectively. In addition, commendations were given to Shubham Majumder (Hindustan University, Chennai), Vimal John (RVS KVK School of Architecture, Trichy), and Mohammad Azhar (Gateway College of Architecture & Design, Sonipat). Puri stated that these awards will be held annually to celebrate the best 3D visualisation by students as well as to keep the memory of the late Vivek Punjabi alive.
What made this gathering even more spectacular was the 2018 edition of Dialogues – an event curated by Puri himself – that was held alongside the awards ceremony. Held at the Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel, Hyderabad, Dialogues saw 40 of the leading architecture and interior design firms in attendance. An exclusive event, it was conceptualised to create a synergy between India’s most well-known design firms and product companies that produce innovative design solutions.