History of Architecture Winner!

Roshni Gera | History of Architecture Competition 1st Prize Winner

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Roshni Gera is an architect and Computational Designer. Having completed the Master of Architecture program from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, with love for history and art she has envisioned herself creating environments and curating experiences that would reinforce the future of art and architecture.

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1. Can you introduce yourself in a personal and professional way?

I am an architect and computational designer, with a keen interest in history and its implications in the future of space, culture and design.



2. What is your design philosophy?

My design philosophy lies in the intersection of research, innovation and creating interventions which are cutting edge whilst also having a positive impact on its users, the society and the world as a whole.



3. What was your feeling when the winners were announced?

I was very excited to know that we were announced winners of this competition and was grateful that our team’s effortswere recognized.



4. Can you briefly explain your essay writing process, the source of ideas and, your understanding of the topic?

The inspiration of the idea came from my visit to Varanasi earlier this year. I was amazed at the harmonious existence of not just architectural elements from two different eras but also the coexistence of conflicting Cultures. We then, as a team did further research on this topic and compiled work that spoke beyond the history and found meaning and relevance even in the current day scenario.



5. When and how you were first introduced to the topic of History of Architecture?

A: I was first introduced to the idea of History and Heritage as a child, when my family would take me on holidays to various historic locations. We would hire a guide to be able to learn more about the place, which sparked interest in me to dig deeper into the history, each time. I was then formally introduced to the subject when I pursued my Bachelor of Architecture and fell in love with the subject right away.



6. What measures will you take/ taking to introduce your understanding of the essay to the architecture practice?

Architecture, building techniques and the culture of design was far more innovative and beyond comprehension at its inception. As illustrated through our essay, we would like to bring to light how we as designers today, have much to learn from the subject. Not only can we be inspired by the design techniques and principles adopted back then but also learn from the way conflicts in cultures, beliefs and styles were overcome in order to coexist in harmony.



Cultural Coexistence ©Roshni Gera, Darsan Babu & Arun Kumar

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Cultural Coexistence ©Roshni Gera, Darsan Babu & Arun Kumar

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©Roshni Gera, Darsan babu & Arun Kumar