Globalisation, changing job profiles, migration, need for affordable housing, artificial intelligence and the advent of new materials and technologies for construction – all of these have set new expectations from architectural practices. We talked to prominent architects in India about the pressures, new skill-sets, and challenges that architects will need to be prepared for. Below, Sanjay Prakash, Principal Consultant at SHiFt Studio, shares his thoughts.
The interconnected globalizing world of the future and India’s urban explosion will require Indian architects to meet new challenges – which society, pedagogy and law are not very well prepared for.
Nowadays, one cannot imagine a major architectural project to be well-designed without extensive collaboration and leadership of technologists, engineers, ecologists, landscape specialists, etc. In this context, our out-dated concept (in the Architects Act, for instance) of making the Architect the captain of the inter-disciplinary team becomes rather obsolete.
Young people who are able to speak the language of the environment, engineering, graphics, quantities, science and art together will be more in demand than the architects, who speak mainly a visual language these days.
Sanjay Prakash, B. Arch., A.I.I.A., is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music, and production design. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and sustainability in his professional and personal life.
His area of practice and research over the last 34 years includes passive and low energy architecture and planning, hybrid air-conditioning, autonomous energy and water systems, bamboo, wood and earth construction, community-based design of common property, and computer-aided design. Under his guidance, hundreds of persons have developed capabilities in performing design, conceptual or management work in these areas.
He is Principal Consultant of his design firm, SHiFt: Studio for Habitat Futures (formerly known as Sanjay Prakash & Associates), and was a partner of daat and Studio Plus, firms that predate his current firm. His name and work is mentioned in the twentieth edition of one of the main reference works in architectural history, A History of Architecture by Sir Bannister Fletcher.
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