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Sharing a special experience...
“One of the women helpers at our construction site asked me once, why women have to do the menial (and strenuous) jobs of carrying bricks etc rather than have opportunities to paint walls, lay tiles etc that would be easier for them and allow them to earn thrice as much while being more creative and skilled. She asked me how I as a woman could reach up there to be an architect whom all the other men on site were ready to take instructions from. I am still trying to fulfill her dream having recognized the relevance of her question and the numerous obstacles in the way.”
My role as a Role Model
For the aspiring young women, I would love to a share my professional experiences & projects, also some lessons on management.
I’m deeply inspired by
My parents for their values, and my children for their perspectives.
Architects & Designers I admire
Charles Correa from India. Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Laurie Baker, Roger Anger, Ray Meeker, among the international.
To see a society of equal opportunities, without the stark social segregation, without poverty, hunger, homelessness, and where women can walk around anywhere and everywhere as safely and freely as men.
Message to upcoming designers
Take the responsibility of your learning in your own hands, and not stop after graduating; encourage your curiosity and imagination; fuel your passion, and remember that fear is not the best advisor. Dream of a better world and then do everything you can to realize it.
Opinion about WADe India
It is good that you draw attention to the issue of unequal opportunities due to gender. A lot of women have to work at least twice as hard to get even half as much as compared to men. I have become more aware of these disparities over the last decade having been part of several international discussions on this theme. Women who have contributed significantly to the profession since the beginning, seem to have gone unacknowledged and not received their due recognition. Equal opportunities are not only important in the interest of the women concerned, but it is in the interest of society in general as everyone across society will greatly benefit t from being part of an equal society, particularly children.
A quote that defines me
‘Don’t let what you do not know interfere with what you do know’.
If I were to live again...
I would preserve the notes taken in my early years, and look after my archives better. I would also study a bit less, and play more. I would make more time for my other interests
Selected Invited exhibitions/installations:
- Venice 2016: 15th edition of La Biennale di Venezia Building Knowledge: An inventory of strategies'
- London 2016 ROCA London Gallery 'High-speed Housing'
- Leuven Belgium 2015 'Inverse Functions: Reversing Trends in Urban Living' 'AFRICA Big Change, Big Chance' curated by Benno Albrecht
- Barcelona 2014 'Unbound: The Library of Lost Books' 300th-year commemoration at 'BCN Reset' curated by Benedetta Tagliabue
- Milan 2014 Triennale di Milano 'Planning project, 'Inverse Functions: Reversing Trends in Urban Living' at 'AFRICA Big Change, Big Chance' curated by Benno Albrecht
Five significant projects
- Wall House, Auroville, 2000
- Urban Eco-Community, Auroville, 2003
- Auroville Town Hall and Multimedia Complex, Auroville, 2003
- Library of Lost Books, Barcelona, 2014
- Sri Aurobindo World Centre of Human Unity 2000