Encounters: Shri K.K. Muhammed

Challenging Issues in the Conservation of Temples in the Chambal Valley

Shri K.K. Muhammed

After protracted negotiations with the dacoits by Mr K.K Muhammed, the then Chief of Archaeological Survey of India in MP, out of two hundred temples, devastated beyond recognition, eighty temples have been pieced together with meticulous care and precision. Here like the proverbial phoenix, a temple town came in to life from its own ashes and debris. There still remains buried, the remains of hundred and twenty temples waiting to be excavated and restored.

International Conference

The pandemic has opened gateways to seamless cross- cultural collaboration via the online medium.
Taking an opportunity from these empowering means of communication, and to further knowledge sharing, we are excited to organize an Online, Multidisciplinary, International Conference on 24th, 25th and 26th September 2021.

‘Blurred Boundaries: In Search of an Identity’

We invite all academicians, practising professionals and students of Architecture, Design and connected disciplines to submit abstracts for papers.

We are also floating a Design Competition as a part of the conference for Students!

For details of schedule, sub-themes for papers, and guidelines, design competition details, refer to the  Dossier below.
The 3-day online conference is intended at bringing together academicians, practising professionals
and students of Architecture, Design and connected disciplines in an active sharing of knowledge
and perspectives within the said theme.

You may write to us at conference@brick.edu.in for queries.

We look forward to your active participation!

Warm Regards,
SMEF’s BRICK School of Architecture, Pune, India

KRVIA Fellowship Program 2021-22

The KRVIA Research Fellowship Program

The KRVIA, with the objective of promoting active research in the fields of architecture, art, design, technology, humanities and urban studies, has been conducting its fellowship program since 1998. 


This academic year, the Institute as part of the fellowship program invited research proposals from the faculty of the institute who wish to pursue independent research in the area of their interest. The institute in its endeavor to promote, assist and support Faculty Research, is making a provision for two Research Fellows, each of whom will work in collaboration with the selected Faculty, only for a period of 11 months.

To this purpose, applications are being invited from Architecture Graduates across universities who wish to pursue their research interests in any one of the following research projects undertaken by the faculty:


  1. Stories of Density (Ethnographic documentation of communities in the historic bazaar
    area, Mumbai) – Aneerudha Paul
    (Click here to read abstract)

  2. Urban Water Resilience – Jamshid Bhiwandiwala
    (Click to read abstract)


The Applicants need to clearly state their reasons in not more than 300 words as to why they have selected any one of the above mentioned research projects.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview in June 2021.

Selection, appointment and allowances of Research Fellows:

The selection of the research fellow will be based on the suitability of the applicants for the research proposals selected. A brief of the above research projects is put up on the website for the applicants to choose from and send in their applications accordingly. Applicants will need to email in advance along with their application, samples of writing carried out by them in various forms, proof of specialised skills, softwares, portfolio, etc.


The research fellow is expected to spend 30 working hours per week at the Institute. A remuneration of Rs. 150/hour of biometrically logged in time will be paid to the research fellow by the Institute. The institute will not provide for any travel or other allowances incurred by the research fellow during the course of the appointment. If the research project is prolonged beyond the assigned period of 11 months, the Institute shall not be responsible for compensating the research fellow for any additional work. 50% of the payable amount per month (as per logged in time) will be released every month, 25% will be released after approval of adequate work by the Review Panel quarterly and 25% will be released on adequate completion at the end of the project. If performance is found to be inadequate, the stipulated amount for that review will be withheld till adequate improvements are made and shown during the next Panel review. Thus, it is in the researchers’ best interest to produce good quality work for every review. No requests for part release of amount etc. will be entertained in between reviews or any advances in any circumstance.


Please note the research fellow cannot hold any appointment, paid or otherwise or receive emoluments that may directly conflict with or affect their performance during the tenure of the fellowship.


Applicants holding an equivalent fellowship affiliated to another University/Academic Institution need not apply.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Monday, 17th May 2021.

The KRVIA Research fellowship program will commence on 1st July 2021 and end on 31st May 2022.

Interested candidates may please send their applications to:


Sarah George,
Coordinator – KRVIA Research Fellowship Program


Email: sarah.george@krvia.ac.in
cc. fellowship@krvia.ac.in

Encounters: Bijoy Ramchandran

The Afterlife

Bijoy Ramchandran

The Afterlife

It is compelling to consider the inherent promise of the unbuilt project, especially competition proposals. These projects, usually symbolized by a provocative first sketch, are often upheld as the purest expression of architectural ambition. They are seen as ‘unadulterated’ visions of what could be and holding more value than the proposals which have had to engage with the clients, the site, and other contingencies over time. They promise newness – unencumbered by these shackles, free to imagine provocative new ways of inhabitation.
It is my contention though, that it is the shared and negotiated vision, coming as the result of finding consensus, managing budgets, and spending an adequate amount of time in conversation and contemplation, that is of greater value than the pristine, unmediated projections of so many competition schemes and hypothetical propositions. Like David Chipperfield says, one is hoping to engage in this ‘conspiracy of circumstance and participants’. 
We must move away from the seductive notion of the creation of architecture as a form of immaculate conception and celebrate it as the result of negotiation and ‘reflection in action’. A form of shared authorship and the outcome of a ‘scenius’. 
The provocation is the start of this conversation and not, in my mind, an end in itself. I am a lot more interested in its afterlife. 
Bijoy Ramachandran is a partner at Hundredhands Design, a Bangalore based architectural practice.
He currently serves as the Design Chair at BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore.
Bijoy has an undergraduate degree from Bangalore University and a masters degree (in Architecture & Urbanism) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. 
He has also attended the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass.
Apart from architecture he has also produced two films on the celebrated Indian architect Sri B.V. Doshi. 
Both films have been nationally and internationally screened at colleges and film festivals.


Urban Dialogue 2021/ Convocation Programs

Urban Dialogue 2021 and Convocation Programs

The KRVIA announces the Urban Dialogue 2021 and the Graduation Convocation Programs. The urban dialogue will present the book launch for “Master Planning for Change “(Sergio Porta and co-authors’), conduct conversations around the Post Graduate Program theses from various institutes and present the accompanying exhibition. This will be followed by the Convocation program for the graduate and post graduate students and the award ceremony.


Urban Dialogue 2021 details:

Attending an Ode to the Oceans – The brilliant works of Ranjit Hoskote

Attending an Ode to the Oceans – The brilliant works of Ranjit Hoskote

Shravan Iengar says...

Ranjit Hoskote is a leading Indian poet, who has authored over 30 books, and is a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism and curatorial practice. In his encounter ‘What The Sea Tells Us’ he discussed the aspect of research in poetry, usually not a field one associates the art with, and his book, Jonahwale, which brings out the connections between the sea and colonial practices, its role in colonial-era literature, the character perspectives who break away from a Eurocentric worldview of the past.
The talk starts with his own experiences with his own perspective on his cultural identity, and the cultural interactions that India has inherited across 5,000 years which has a global inflow of ideas, religions, thoughts, language, conflict and dialogue, nourished by this kind of interaction and hybridities of many cultures.
His experience as a translator brought to the conversation the idea that languages themselves aren’t as monolithic as we assume them to be they seem, and especially English, with words borrowed from South Asia, and in its archaic state, roots from Norse and Anglo-Saxon, it shows these stories of movement, travel and cultural interaction.
The first poem read out in the encounter, ‘Ocean’, touches on the story on Jonah. The spread of cultures and the translations of works offered several exchanges of cultures, with Eastern knowledge feeding the Renaissance, showing how stories and knowledge aren’t rooted to one culture. As we look at non-western sources of information, with the tale of Jonah being told as that of Yunus in Islam, and the imagining of the giant sea monster as a vast fish. ‘Ocean’ has someone like Jonah as an inspiring figure in the background, who is an unlikely prophet, in that he does the opposite of what God told him to, always questioning God and forming his own epiphanies.
‘Ahab’ brings out a side of the captain in ‘Moby Dick’ as capitalism gone mad, and his destruction of nature of profit jumps to the modern era, as a monster of today’s time as well. He dies in his mad desire to defeat nature and enslave his crew, as Melville points out the Sultanism in his behaviour.
‘Lascar’ is a poem that brought up the perspective of a much ignored group of sailors in colonial times, the Lascars or Lashkars, who were significant in their positions and a lot of sailing terminology comes from their own language being fitted with Latin spellings and English phonetics and syllables.
‘Cargo and Ballast’ is an elegy and a lament for the lives affected by the Atlantic slave trade, and the abhorrent conditions that the slaves faced on the ships, and he elaborates on how this isn’t as far away and long ago as we imagine, with Bombay formerly being a slave depot for this trade, and India’s own issues with caste and colourism against African immigrants.
Overall, the talk was full of maritime history, cultural links across the world, and beautiful poetry which made it an absolutely brilliant experience to watch.