Pune architecture students shine at international competition

THE fifth edition of ‘The Drawing Board’, a competition for architecture students pan South East Asia was won by Pune students including Purushottam Deth, Nikhil Patne and Somesh Kachavar. All of them are the students of VIT’s PVP College of Architecture and bagged a cash prize of Rs.50,000/-. This is the fifth year of this competition jointly organised by Bengaluru based  Mindspace Architects and Pune based Rohan Builders. Over  1300 students from more than 14 countries took part in this competition. The eminent jury for the competition consisted of Architect Takaharu Tezuka of Tezuka Architects – Japan, Architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai – Mumbai and Architect Rahul Gore of Opolis Architects- Mumbai.

The first Runner Up team was from the Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh comprising Faisal Hossain, Sumaiyya Sultana, and Sadman Ali who won Rs. 35,000 with a certificate. The third podium finisher team was Anusha Mukherjee and Naman Shroff from Amity University, Kolkata who won Rs. 25,000 with a certificate. All the winners are also eligible for paid internships at Rohan Builders to experience real-world design and execution.

This year’s design challenge aimed to provide humane living conditions for transient construction workers in India. To create successful housing for construction workers, they must feel that they are rooted in a given place. They should be able to experience a sense of community with their neighbours though they stay for a short time and change of families as per the construction demand. The design should foster a sense of community and participation.

The competition’s online streaming across multiple platforms was attended by over 640+ attendees from several countries. Organisers acknowledge the online format as one of the contributing factors to the increased response this year as compared to the offline format followed in each previous edition. This represents a shift in the approach taken due to the challenging times faced by everyone at present.

Ar. Mahesh Bangad did the hosting duties and Ar. Rucha Lunkad did the vote of thanks. Ar. Madhushree Kolhatkar announced the winners.

The partners to The Drawing Board 2020 were MATTER – Architecture, Design & Publishing Studio, Leewardists, Architecture Live, Amazing Architecture, Buildcon Architecture Magazine, SpaciUX, and India Design World.

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