The field of architecture has gradually evolved from being a mere profession to becoming a representation of the society in which we live. Architects form the voice of this profession, and an in-depth discussion with them allows a greater understanding of their theories, visions for architecture, and contributions towards the field, and how they are managing the non-linear societal evolution in a comprehensive manner. This volume brings together 17 iconic Indian architects across generations, and, through dialogues, probes into their lives, beliefs and philosophies, and candid thoughts and opinions. It offers a platform for discussions on the core issues of architecture, and serves as a reference for the state of architecture both in India and globally. The book will appeal to architectural and building industry practitioners and students of architecture, as well as the general reader, as it speaks about architecture as an integral part of building a nation. It traverses the architecture journey in India, and bestows a clarity on the directions still to be taken.
Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta (www.apurvabose.com) is an author, award-winning architectural journalist, curator, and editor, based in Bengaluru, India. Her professional journey of fifteen years has seen global collaborations with multimedia publication houses, firms, organisations, and educational institutions affiliated with architecture, design, and building. She is well-travelled and explores her academic background (B.Arch, India; Diploma in freelance journalism, UK) in diverse roles—that of conducting and curating/writing architecture-design content and discourses for diverse communication channels, professional speaking, conducting workshops and masterclasses and consulting for academic and professional industry initiatives. Apurva has been recognised for her pioneering work in architecture-design writing and focussing on increasing the subject’s visibility and awareness in India. Her authored book, ARCHITECTURAL VOICES OF INDIA: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos (2017, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK), initiates a discourse on architecture-design by 19 of India’s acclaimed architects. Apurva has been invited by the Australian and Finland Governments to represent the Indian delegation in International Media Visits of Architectural Writers in Melbourne (2016) and Helsinki (2018). She is also an Advisory Board Member of the official journal of ARCASIA and a member of the committee overseeing the media endeavours of the Council of Architecture of India.