Pune Architecture students shine at the Drawing Board-2019 competition

Pune, September 17, 2019: The fourth edition of ‘The Drawing Board’ competition, a competition for the students of architecture from the South East Asian region concluded with Sanidhya Shah & Vivek Wanarase from VIT’s PVP College of Architecture bagging the first prize.

The competition is organized by Mindspace Architects, an architecture firm from Bengaluru which strives towards a more sustainable approach towards architecture and Rohan Builders, an organization involved in real estate development, industrial contracting and infrastructure development across the country.

This year’s design challenge aimed to create a dialogue between old heritage structures with the surrounding urban community. The contestants had to come up with the ideas to establish such relationship between the 140 year old heritage water tower located at Wakdewadi, Shivajinagar which is a highly visible in the area, and the surrounding urban fabric, where this structure goes nearly unnoticed.

Jury comprised of Sanjay Mohe from Mindspace Architects, Ernesto Bedmar of Bedmar & SHi, a Singapore based architecture firm and Palinda Kannagara from Palinda Kannangara Architects, Sri Lanka.

This year saw participation and shortlisting of international architecture students with one team from Sri Lanka making it to the top 9 from over than 600 entries from numerous architecture colleges across India and abroad.

The winners Sanidhya Shah and Vivek Wanarase from VIT’s PVP College of Architecture, Pune won Rs. 50,000 as the first prize as well as an opportunity to intern with Rohan Builders. The prize distribution ceremony was held at BNCA (Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture) at Karve Nagar.

The first Runner Up team was from Gujarat comprised of Sharmen Mehta, Siddhant Manpara and Akshay Patel who formed a joint team from different architecture colleges won Rs. 35,000 with a certificate. The third podium finisher team was Ravi Varma, Vaibhavi Pujari and Ashutosh Mundada from VIT’s PVP College of Architecture won Rs. 25,000 with a certificate.

The partners to The Drawing Board 2019 were BNCA, 24adp, INTACH, Leewardists, Architecture Live, Design Pataki, Venus Traders and Prayesh Print.