RIBA Charles Jencks Award 2021 — Anupama Kundoo

by Robbie

Anupama Kundoo, winner of the 2021 Charles Jencks Award, gives a lecture about her experimental and holistic architecture practice.

About this event

The RIBA Charles Jencks Award is given to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. This year’s winner, Anupama Kundoo, will deliver the 2021 RIBA Charles Jencks Award lecture on Tuesday 2 November. Anupama will provide insight into her experimental and holistic architecture practice and be interviewed by a critic in collaboration with the New Architecture Writers program. There will also be an opportunity for audiences to ask questions at the end.

About Anupama Kundoo

Anupama Kundoo trained as an architect in Mumbai before building a substantial body of work in the experimental town of Auroville, in Puducheery from 1990 – 2005. Working in this environment she developed a long-term research project into sustainable and building technologies with an experimental approach to material reuse and sustainable construction methods. She has taken this research into design units and workshops in universities around the world including at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, as a senior lecturer in the University of Queensland, Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University and she is currently Professor at the FH Potsdam. Her work and design process was recently on show in a monograph exhibition at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.

Anupama’s practice is holistic, combining research, practice and teaching to build architecture far outside of the mainstream of the commercial, developer-driven world. Her practice has a strong theoretical and ideological conviction that drives material research, collaborates with local builders, and experiments with sustainable working methods.

About Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks, the patron of the award, sadly passed away on 13 October 2019. Find out more about Charles, his work and his legacy in RIBAJ’s obituary by Hugh Pearman.

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