8 May 2013
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Engineering Lecture Theatre 439, Building 401, 20 Symonds Street
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Communiqué 2013
His work: http://www.studiomumbai.com/
Studio Mumbai, led by Indian-born, United States-trained architect Bijoy Jain, is recognized as an architectural practice almost unique in the world. Making positive use of the unique social and economic conditions defining India’s construction industry, the firm operates as a workshop in which carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, architects, and engineers all share the same workspace. Following an iterative process and employing open communication, ideas are explored through the production of sketches, drawings, material studies and large-scale mock-ups. Making innovative use of both modern technology and traditional Indian building techniques, the team design and directly construct every aspect of their buildings, down to the handles and hinges.
Studio Mumbai’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the subject of an El Croquis monograph, and the recipient of numerous international awards. Most recently, Jain received the 2012 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, the world’s most prestigious prize in this field. Jain will also lecture in Wellington and Christchurch.