The Architecture, Design, and Construction Industry in India is going through challenging times due to the COVID-19 crisis. The lockdown and altered circumstances have created difficult unforeseen situations that require solutions at the earliest.

Such times need sensitive individuals to help bring resolution to some of the problems faced by the AEC industry. Let us put on our thinking caps and suggest ideas to help alleviate the situation. Let us find ways to adapt, evolve, and be change-makers. The Indian Institute of Architects and Ethos have launched a Call for Ideas to address the fallout of this pandemic. 

Learn more about the Call for Ideas here.

Why join this AMA?

  • Hear IIA representatives on what we propose to do with the ideas received

  • Get answers to your doubts pertaining the brief and submissions


Registrations Open 25 Apr - 20 May 2020
FAQs Release 5 May 2020
LIVE Ask-Me-Anything session
8 May 2020
Submission Deadline 25 May 2020

Reviewers Panel

Co-curated by

“Knowledge is Power.”

Ethos was started in 2002 by Gita Balakrishnan as a response to a need to build awareness on our built environment; a need to bridge the gap between students undergoing education in colleges and the outside professional world; a need to provide more opportunities to budding professionals and to create a platform, a network of young designers and civil engineers who are to be decision-makers in the years to come.

Ethos works towards sensitizing students of architecture and civil engineering to the culture and the ethos that their designs would need to respond to. There is an effort to equip students to be agents of change, to lead and not just follow and to contribute towards building of a harmonious society. Ethos’ main objective is to be the wind beneath the wings of young minds that are to shape our built environment in the years to come. This has been further facilitated by creation of ACEDGE - an online platform to provide education outside classrooms. This ‘call for ideas’ is another step in the same direction.

Join us for a Live interaction

with co-curators

Nikita Verma


Nikita is a graduate in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and post-graduate with Masters in Urban Studies from the Bauhaus University, Germany. She has been working in the architecture and urbanism field for four years now, currently working on research projects related to sustainable urban development, urban climate resilience and an architect specializing in hill side built environments. She has worked in India, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and Russia on projects across the globe with inter-disciplinary teams and multinational organizations.

Darpana Athale

Senior Instructor

Practicing design for 25years, Darpana is the Founder Director and Principal Designer at Sarvasva Designs Pvt Ltd, and Co-founder of In.Kaa, a repository for Arts, Crafts and Design of India. An avid promoter of design thinking, she has been part of setting up of the Association of Designers of India (ADI) and the Pune Design Festival, amongst other design led initiatives.She is currently consultant to the Thinkering Campus as Chief Thinking Officer. Darpana has been into Architecture Journalism since 1999, and has been an Editorial Consultant and Columnist for magazines and newspapers. And has initiated the first Architecture Journalism course in the country since 2001. Also an educator for almost two decades, Darpana has been teaching in various architecture and design + design management schools, in Mumbai and Pune. Also a passionate traveller between worlds, she weaves stories through Design, Photography, Urban Sketching and Poetry.