Indian architects and preservationist visit Ithaca

May 5, 2009

Brinda Somaya, Mumbai architect and preservationist, lectured on “India: My Architecture Palette” and met with students and faculty during a two-day visit to campus last fall. She is a founder and principal of Somaya and Kalappa with work ranging from rebuilding an earthquake-devastated village in the Kutch to the Nalanda International School in Baroda. She is currently collaborating with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on the Tata Consultancy Services IT campus in Mumbai.

Indian architects Samira Rathod and Anupama Kundoo held a seminar for graduate and undergraduate students from architecture and HAUD in late April. Known for her contemporary residential designs in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Rathod is also the founding editor of Spade, a new magazine about design and architecture. Kundoo, who now teaches and practices in Berlin, explores sustainable and participatory modernism in South India. Both architects were featured speakers in “Emerging Exchanges: New Architectures of India,” organized by Parsons The New School of Design and the Architectural League in New York City.

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