Women Architects across South Asia Discuss the Overview of Asian Architecture & Design at WADe

Women architects across South Asia: Ar. Dorji Yangki (Bhutan), Ar. Shamima Sharmim (Bangladesh), Ar. Patama Roonrakwit (Thailand), Ar. Anju Malla Pradhan (Nepal), Ar. Patama Roonrakwit, Ar. Anupama Kundoo (India & Spain), Dr Anuradha Chatterjee (Sydney) at WADe.
(From L to R )Ar. Dorji Yangki, President Bhutan Institute of Architects, Bhutan, Ar. Patama Roonrakwit Founder, Case Studio Thailand, Ar. Anupama Kundoo, Anupama kundoo Architects, Spain & India,  Ar. Shamima Sharmim, NI. NA Architectsm, Bangladesh, Ar. Anju Malla Pradhan, Vice President, Society of Nepalese Architects, Nepal. Moderator, Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee, Sydney.

WADe Asia provides a common platform to all top women architects & designers and the emerging ones to gather, discuss, debate, and also celebrate developments & design led by women.  The latest WADe Asia event will be held on 31st August and 1st September 2018 at Pullman, Aerocity in New Delhi.

The event will offer the most significant opportunity for aspiring as well as veteran designers to experience 360 degrees of architecture and design, panel discussions, meaningful talks, networking, exhibit and much more. Register now to enjoy the enlightening discussions by mentors and leading celebrity designers on architecture and interior designing.

Last WADe Asia event turned brilliant with the splash of many wonderful Women Architects across South Asia such as Ar. Dorji Yangki (Bhutan), Ar. Shamima Sharmim (Bangladesh), Ar. Patama Roonrakwit (Thailand), Ar. Anju Malla Pradhan (Nepal), Ar. Anupama Kundoo (India & Spain) on a common platform ably chaired by Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee (Sydney)

Diverse yet connected, how is the architectural & design scenario in these countries, are we more similar than diverse, do we have common issues and how do we innovate in our own spaces and circumstances, these and more ware the agenda of this panel.

Design Journeys, Shared Values & Economies

To start with, it is imperative to mention the diverse backgrounds, all these women come from as well as their different styles of practice. Anju Malla, after graduating in 1993, first worked in private firms, even did many projects for free that belonged to her relatives, later, winning the first prize in the National Design Competition in Nepal for Municipal Building. Her first project when she opened her own practice was a large school project, considered to be the first big project handled by a Woman in Nepal and that started the journey.

Shamima Sharmin was clear about creating a solid base before starting her own practice even as a student. Attending a lecture by famous architect Rafiq Alam, she had made up her mind to work with him which she did for about 4 years. Pregnancy and child care meant tough decisions for her as it was increasingly becoming difficult to manage work & home. A universal issue for women all across the globe, taking a break meant, coping with technological advances, rapid changes in the design field, tough getting back to mainstream architecture and so on. Eventually, she opened her own firm and is successfully running it.

Anupama’s journey started with Mumbai, having studied at the JJ College of Architecture, a city she says taught her so much. A conscious decision to not take up projects that she didn’t believe in, led to her to living and practising in Auroville which eventually led her to teaching offers and developing academic & research side of her work in cities like Berlin. Anupama also says the saying ‘No’ to certain things led to take bigger risks in life which she still continues to take.

“Asia having a rural culture has rapidly being urbanized to such an extent that at least in India everything looks similar, like Gurgaon everywhere...

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