GLOBAL AWARD FOR WOMEN ARCHITECTS
Indian architect Shimul Jhaveri Kadri of SJK Architects, Mumbai, won a Special Mention in arcVision 2014, an annual award for women architects. The main arcVision prize was bagged by Portuguese architect Ines Lobo. Kadri and Lobo were chosen from a shortlist of 21 architects representing 15 countries.
Instituted last year by Italian cement company Italcementi, the arcVision award honours the best women in architecture, a profession that worldwide has been less than inviting to women practitioners. A global award of this kind is expected to be reparation for the long neglect, and recognition for some of the truly fantastic spaces that women are creating around the world.
Lobo has worked chiefly on converting pre-existing buildings into areas used for social purposes. She takes old buildings, adds new facets to them, and creates a new and beautiful space. As for Kadri, her Nirvana Film building in Bangalore is justly famous, but she also won praise for projects like the factory in Karur where she integrates local material and techniques to create a global workspace. The ceremony was held in Bergamo, Italy.