JK Cement Ltd. announces winners of the 26th edition of Architect of the Year Awards 2017
Coimbatore, 20th September 2017: After the much-celebrated success of its Silver Jubilee Edition, JK Cement Ltd., India’s premier cement company hosted the 26th edition of Architect of the Year Awards in Coimbatore on 17th September 2017.
The prestigiousaward ceremony was graced by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Advisor and Former Chairman,Indian Space Research Organisation. The winners who were felicitated at the 26th Architectof the Year Award were selected after much deliberation with industryveterans.
AYA is JK Cement’sannual flagship event that aims at recognizing and encouraging outstandingtalent in the field of architecture at a global scale. Continuing itssuccessful run, this year JK Cement received 199 entries from India and theneighboring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, SriLanka, among others.
The most prestigious category, the ‘Great Master’s Award’ which isannounced once in every three years was awarded to Ar. Shirish Beri for hisoutstanding work over the years in the field of Architecture. The Architect ofthe Year was bagged by Ar. Prasanna Desai for his Slum Rehabilitation Projectin Pune (refer list).
Apart from these, this year’s Green Architecture Award was won by Ar.Uday and Ar. Mausami Andhare from Gujarat. Young and budding talent was alsoawarded at national, state and international level. The award categories alsoincluded recognition of budding aspirants in the field of Architecture. While the Young Architect Award was bagged by Ar. Sudeep Srinivas fromBengaluru for his ‘Campus Café at RVCE’ project, Architecture Student of theYear was awarded to Mr. Dipon Bose from Bihar for his project ‘Crematorium cumMemorial Complex’ at Nimtala Ghat. State Young Architect Award was presented toAr. Haritha C. from Kerala forher project ‘Center for HarmoniousLiving’.
Like every year, AYAhonors talent beyond boundaries with the FCAA Focus Countries’ Architect of Year Award. This year, Ar. JubairHasan from Dhaka was conferred with the Foreign Countries’ Architect of YearAward for his Loom Shade project.Further commendation awards in various categories were also given.
Speaking on thesuccess of the awards ceremony, Mr.Yadupati Singhania – Chairman & Managing Director, JK Cement Ltd. said,“After celebrating AYA’s silver jubilee, the exceptionally successful journeyof 25 years, JK Cement is immensely delighted to felicitate and honour theoutstanding contributions of architects once again. My heartiestcongratulations to all the winners who truly deserve the acknowledgement comingtheir way for raising the bar in architecture. We look forward to greatersuccess in the years to come.”
Mr. M.P. Rawal - Administrator (AYA) & Advisor, JK Cement Ltd. remarked, "We are overwhelmed to witnesswidespread participation of not only experienced architects but also young andbudding aspirants from across the globe. We are very pleased to see that AYAhas emerged as the most significant platform for recognizing the outstandingtalent in the architectural fraternity.”
The recipients ofthe award are selected through careful examination and scrutiny of the projectsby an esteemed jury after intense debates and deliberations. The jury for AYAis chaired by Mr. Yadupati Singhania – Chairman & Managing Director, JKCement Ltd. along with eminent architects from various regions of Indiaincluding Professor Chetan Vaidya, Ar. Balkrishna V. Doshi, Ar. KR Jaisim amongothers.