Q. Please inform us about your guide. Who conceptualized it and when?
a. I’m a passionate architect, city planner, environmentalist and Managing Director of CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA), headquartered in New Delhi. We even have workplaces within the USA, Vietnam and Japan. I bought my undergraduate diploma from the Faculty of Planning and Structure in New Delhi, then I bought a scholarship to the Frank Lloyd Wright Faculty of Structure within the USA, and I bought a grasp’s diploma in Structure and City Design from Harvard College. I labored internationally within the USA and France earlier than returning to India and becoming a member of CPKA in 1997.
At CPKA, we design constructed environments of various scales and typologies, from residential and retail to hospitality and company initiatives. Our work is context-based and pushed by a sustainable method powered by revolutionary applied sciences.
Because the title suggests, the guide covers the final fifty years of India’s constructed atmosphere. The textual content examines the evolution of Indian structure over the previous fifty years by means of the lens of our fifty years of multidisciplinary apply at CPKA. It’s a showcase of our landmark architectural initiatives which have formed India’s architectural panorama, from the post-independence period to the post-liberalization society.
The guide is the brainchild of Arunima Kukreja, a passionate author, inside designer and philanthropist. As we method CPKA’s golden anniversary, we reviewed our archives and checked out our agency’s massive pool of initiatives which have made vital contributions to our rising nation. We thought scripting this guide can be an effective way to deliver collectively all of the onerous work that’s identified and liked by all. Our guide could be ordered on-line through Amazon.
Q. How has it been obtained to date?
a. We’re honored and proud to obtain wonderful evaluations for the guide.
Introduced to distinguished dignitaries world wide, together with Shri, who enthusiastically really useful this version. Honorable Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and State Minister of Overseas Affairs V. Muraleedharan, in addition to famend writer and politician Dr Shashi Tharoor. The guide additionally garnered reward from outstanding figures within the architectural group, together with Mr. Daniel Hart, President of the American Institute of Architects, and Mr. Sherif Anis, Government Director of the AIA Center East Division.
Arunima and I have been additionally invited to current the guide on the Jaipur Literature Pageant, the place it was launched by His Excellency Ambassador to Norway, Mr Hans Jacob Frydenlund.
Q. What was the method of compiling this guide like?
a. As CPKA approached 50 years within the sector, we began to look at our archives. Taken collectively, it was fairly shocking to see the size of labor our agency has carried out over the previous fifty years. On the identical time, we have been additionally intrigued by the numerous transformations that came about in India’s architectural vocabulary and constructing panorama throughout this era. That is why we determined to doc and share our agency’s work with the world, by portraying the profound modifications happening within the city atmosphere in cities throughout India by means of the lens of our fifty years of architectural apply. Directed by Arunima Kukreja, the guide is the results of two years of painstaking effort amid the pandemic.