The 10 finalists who will present at the Grand Finale of ‘The Drawing Board’ 2018 have been announced by Rohan Builders. The finals will be held at Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College Of Architecture For Women in Pune on Saturday, 22nd September 2018.
The 3rd edition of this competition for architects has been judged by esteemed Jury panel: Marina Tabassum – Principal Architect, Marina Tabassum Architects (Bangladesh) & Winner of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Soumitra Ghosh – Partner, Mathew and Ghosh Architects; and Medappa – Partner, Mindspace Architects.
Conceptualised by Mindspace Architects and Rohan Builders, ‘The Drawing Board’ 2018 was an attempt to provide students with real design challenges in real environments. The competition has received great support from the community of architects. The Drawing Board 2017 was judged by Ar Bijoy Ramachandran – Partner HunderdHands, Ar Rahul Kadri of Kadri Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Ar Sanjay Patil- Founder Envision Planners, and Ar Prasanna Desai – Director PVPCOA, Pune.
‘The Drawing Board’ competition is conducted in 2 stages. The design challenge details (comprising of the location, extent, contours, terrain, and the design expectations) are shared with students. After that students submit their designs online. The entries are then shortlisted by a panel of architects, and only top 10 get a chance to present their work to the esteemed jury panel. The winning team of ‘The Drawing Board’ will receive the prize of Rs. 50,000 along with the internship offer from Rohan Builders. The winner will be awarded with Rs. 35,000, when runner-up will receive Rs. 25,000.
This year the competition challenge involved the design of a multipurpose activity centre, located at the foot of Parvati hill temple.
“How spaces and buildings are designed really affects how people feel and how they behave. So it becomes our responsibility to use architecture to improve the construct of our society. Ultimately, design is a tool to enhance our humanity. With ‘The Drawing Board’, we are making a small attempt to inculcate this ethos amongst the student community, who are the ‘architects’ of our future,” says Suhas Lunkad, Chairman & Managing Director of Rohan Builders. He has been the driving force behind ‘The Drawing Board’.