The CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award, a cash award of rupees one lakh each, awarded to six students annually for studio excellence.
The jury panel for 2019-2020’s award consisted of eminent industry leaders: Bobby Desai (architect and chair of the jury panel); Walter de Souza (artist); Archana Shah (textile designer and entrepreneur) and Dinesh Sharma (product designer). The first 3 awardees Aashumi Shah, Mayuri Talaviya and Ritika Mittal were announced in the beginning of August 2019. Arsh Kania, Hetanshu Pandya and Sharan GS were awarded the CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award in January 2020.
Our Student awardee of ‘The CEPT- Gujral Foundation Excellence Awards’ : Aashumi Shah's project : ‘‘Wellness, Wellbeing and Mindfulness, Lonavala’ has been detailed to reflect one of the greatest living architects, Richard Rogers’ architectural language and attitude towards a range of aspects.
Taking inspiration from the mandala wire toy, Ritika Mittal designed a low heighted reclining chair for her project that undergoes transformation to generate a two dimensional stackable, portable, lightweight element which can also be used as a wall hanging system.
Mayuri’s project : ‘Play + Narration- Museum of Mandu’ explores challenges related to adaptive reuse, architectural intervention and materiality, in bringing, back into use, Gada Shah’s shop, a building ruin in Mandu.
Sharan GS was awarded The CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award for his studio project ‘Rethinking Lost Space’. His project was conceived by articulating the important aspects of a Narrative - Plot, Conflict, Characters, Atmosphere, Climax etc through various tools like the narrative arc and the storyboard.
Through his project Sharan looked at Lost Spaces - spaces which are leftover and unstructured, anti-spaces making no positive contribution to the surroundings. He focused the project on one such lost space located at the centre of Rajkot, Gujarat with two huge overhead water tanks supported by five stories of a regular concrete column beam grid situated in the Jubeli Garden and surrounded by a historically rich and dynamic urban fabric. The intent was to redefine the lost space of the tanks such that it can contribute to the urban setting and become a part of it.
The Jury Panel was impressed with the poetic narrative, threaded through an existing, yet evocative ensemble of urban infrastructure. They felt that Sharan’s intervention created a field of potentiality, of opportunity and the unexpected.
Arsh Kania's was awarded The CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award for his studio project ‘Visitor’s Centre, Jaisalmer’. Through the project, he deciphered the unique architectural vocabulary and grammar of Spanish Architect, Enric Miralles, as well as derived the architectural syntax of a proposed Visitor Centre in Jaisalmer.
His proposal captured the spirit and dynamism of Miralles’ architecture in plan and section, which he skillfully manipulated to generate a building that responded uniquely to the various constraints and opportunities of the site. It had a complexity and scale, which acted as a delicate counterpoint to the brooding mass and bulk of the adjacent fort.
The esteemed Jury particularly commended the skill with which the section of the proposed building developed and responded to program and context.
Hetanshu Pandya was awarded The CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award for his studio project ‘In-between Architecture’.
The project focused on how the present step-well and its architecture has grown to be irrelevant in today’s time and further builds on the dire need of the city to have a public place which is in its true sense, public. Hetanshu proposed a pavilion structure without any program or function which acts like a platform for the city and its everyday life to unfold upon.
The Jury Panel cited that, ‘In-between Architecture’ was a highly relevant and potent project, which was illustrated with elegance and sensitivity.