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« on: June 26, 2006, 03:23:37 PM »
International Conference on Planning and Designing of Healthcare

Dear Fellow Professional

Globally, healthcare systems are experiencing increasing fiscal, demographic and consumer pressure. There have been metamorphic changes in the recent past in the sphere of healthcare delivery. The planning, design and final architectural expression in health care is reflective of the gradual shift in outlook of healthcare institutions from merely treating the sick to a concerted approach to harness healthy living. This has been triggered by globalization, increased expectations of
seekers and providers of health care and the participation of private players in the health sector.

In our pursuit for knowledge and vision for the profession, a three days International Conference on Planning and Designing of Healthcare Facilities is being jointly organized by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi as part of its Golden Jubilee Celebrations in collaboration with the School of Planning and Architecture, (SPA), New Delhi, The Indian Institute of Architects
(IIA), International Conference on Medical Architecture (ICMA) and the South Asian Conference on Synergy in Healthcare (SASHCON), at Hotel Cidade de Goa, Goa from 15-17 September, 2006 The main objectives of the conference will be to:

Deliberate the emerging trends in planning and designing of healthcare facilities.

Highlight the changing role of future hospitals in the evolving healthcare environment.

Establish dynamic networks between the diverse disciplines of medicine, architecture, financing & management and integrate them for evolving patient-focused and environment-friendly trends in hospital planning and design.

Assess the future projections for the healthcare sector and financing of healthcare facilities.

Explore the avenues for integration of Information Technology in healthcare delivery as a virtual outreach arm of multi-specialty care.

Deliberate on the issues concerned with strengthening of healthcare facilities in urban and rural setting at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Some of the thrust areas proposed to be discussed are:

Planning principles and design considerations in healthcare facilities
Emerging issues and strategic options in Medical Architecture
Designing for Accreditation
Healing Architecture
Energy Efficient Hospitals
Financing of Healthcare Institutions
Role of Public Private Partnership and Outsourcing in Healthcare
Intelligent Buildings
Telemedicine and beyond
Facility Management
Patient focused Architecture
Evidence based Designs
Environment friendly hospitals & Green buildings
Value added Services
Ambulatory Care Systems and Day Care Facilities
Mobile Hospitals and Disaster units

The WHO has highlighted the importance of a multisectoral approach in the delivery of healthcare. It has floated the concept of " Working together for health" as the theme for the sixth year of this millennium. The conference is a stepping stone in this direction. In view of this about 350 select experts are expected to participate in this conference which includes Hospital Promoters, Healthcare/ Hospital Policy Makers, representation from Financial Institutions, Facility Managers including Banking and Insurance Services, Health and Hospital Administrators, Hospital Planners and Project Consultants, Engineers, Architects, Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors and experts from the construction industry.

Registration fee is Rs. 14,000 per delegate for Indian nationals and $ 450 for foreign delegates by DD / Banker's Cheque in favour of "SASHCON" payable at Delhi, may be sent to the Conference Coordinator at the address mentioned below. The registration fee includes accommodation at Hotel Cidade de Goa from 15 - 17 Sep 2006.

Registration fee for local delegates (without accomodation) is Rs 4500 only.

The last date for registration is 31st July 2006. You are requested to register at the earliest to avoid inconvenience at the last moment

For complete details and registration forms please visit

Looking forward to seeing you in Goa.

With best wishes and kind regards

Sincerely yours,

Ar Vijay Garg
Council Member, IIA
Member, Conference Organising Committee

Ar. Shamit Manchanda
Executive Committee Member, Northern Chapter IIA
Secretary IT Committee, IIA
Member, Conference Organising Committee


Conference Secretariat
Arati Walia, CONFER, D-1 Kalindi Colony, New Delhi - 110065. India
T : 11-26849399, 26919377  F: +91 11 26848343

Architectural Competitions / Living Steel announces winners
« on: June 24, 2006, 03:39:26 PM »
The Living Steel competition challenged architects around the world to think about how steel can offer a solution to global housing and environmental challenges. The competition called for designs that could be built in two locations: Warsaw in Poland and Kolkata in India. Architectenbureau cepezed from the Netherlands won the competition for Poland, and the India project was won by UK-based Piercy Conner Architects. Each firm will be awarded a prize of €50,000 and a contract to develop their designs for construction.

more details at

NEWS / UIA Calender for 2006
« on: May 11, 2006, 08:52:46 PM »
3-5 | Stockholm (Sweden)
European Conference on urban governance and partnership
Urban Future 2.0.
3-7 | Istanbul (Turkey)
Turkeybuild 2006: International Building, Construction Materials and technologies Trade Show, organised by the Building Information Center à Istanbul.
4-6 | Washington (USA)
Invitational Accreditation/Validation Round Table Conference.
Organised jointly by AIA, ACSA, NAAB and NCARB.

The American Institute of Architects-AIA
James A Scheeler, FAIA
T. (1.202) 626 73 15 - F.(1-202) 626 74 26
Shepherdstown West Virginia (USA)
AIA Committee On Design Conference: The Architecture of Sustainability.

The American Institute of Architects
5-7 | Dresden (Germany)
Member technical meeting of AKG-Architekten : BDA working Group for Hospitals and Health Care.

Luub Wessels, Director UIA Work Programme Public Health
8-11 | Cape Town (South Africa)
International Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering – IFHE
Theme: Healthcare Engineering in Developping Countries.
8-11 | Recife (Brazil)
Docomomo North-North East Seminar.
10-13 | Madrid (Spain)
3rd International Natural Stone Trade Fair.
14-17 | Sofia (Bulgaria)
11th World architecture Triennal "Interarch 2006"
15 | Athens (Greece)
Seminar of the UIA Work Programme Architecture for all-Region II
Theme : Accessibility for all – Towards Turin’s UIA Congress

15-19 | La Havana (Cuba)
3rd International Biennial of Architecture in Cuba.

Maria Antonia Arozarena
Santa Fe (USA)
44th International Making Cities Liveable Conference
Theme : True urbanism and Healthy communities.
31 May - 1st June | Edinburgh (Scotland - United Kingdom))
Conference: Inspiring Cities: New design in a world Heritage City
Organisation of World Heritage Cities - OWHC.
31 May - 2nd June | Shaoxing (P.R. of China))
2nd International Conference on heritage conservation and sustainable development
Organisation: The State administration for Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Construction)
The World Bank
1-4 | Thessalonica (Greece)
2nd International Conference Transparency and Architecture: Challenging the Limits.
6-9 | Newcastle (NSW-Australia)
International Cities, Town Centres and Communities (ICTC) Conference.
7-9 | Madrid (Spain)
Second annual Building Exchange (BEX 2006) organised by Building on Business LtD in association with UIA.
Thème: Tomorrow’s designs for building today.
8-10 | Los Angeles (USA)
AIA 2006 Convention and Design Expo
Theme: Innovation, Engagement, Inspiration.

The American Institute of Architects
10-13 | Seoul (Republic of Korea)
Workshopand annual meeting of the ICOMOS International cultural Tourism Committee
Theme: The potential impact of mass tourism on historical or traditional towns an villages.
T. (82-2) 2260-3404 / (82-2) 2264-6915
Fax: (82-2) 516-5112
14-17 | Vancouver (Canada)
RAIC Architecture Festival
Theme: Habitat reloaded.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
15 June - 1 July | Belgrade (Serbia et Montenegro)
8th World Architecture Triennal.

Ivica Mladjenovic
16-18 | Vancouver (Canada)
Meeting of the UIA Council.

UIA General Secretariat
19-23 | Vancouver (Canada)
World Urban Forum
Theme: Our Future: Sustainable Cities – Turning Ideas into Action

6-7 | Milos Island (Greece)
International workshop
Theme:  Energy Performance and Environmental Quality of Buildings (EPEQUB 2006)
Organised by UIA Work Programme Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources (ARES) and by Hellenic Association for the Building and the Environment.

NikNikos Fintikakis, UIA Programme Director ARES
14-16 | Pretoria (South Africa)
Symposium of the UA Work Programme Public Health.
Theme: Designing for sustainable healthcare facilities in Africa: Global sharing, local relevance and impact.
In collaboration with the Department of Health in South Africa and the South Africa Institute of Architects.

Luub Wessels, Programme Director
15-25 | Florence (Italy)
World Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibition
Organised by Florence University
With UNESCO’s sponsorship
6-8 | Geneva (Switzerland)
23rd International Conference on Passive and Low energy in Architecture PLEA 2006.
7 sept. - 10 nov. | Venice (Italy)
Exhibition of the winning projects of the UIA Celebration of the Cities 2 Competition.
10 sept. - 19 nov. | Venice (Italy)
10e edition of the architectural Biennial of Venice
Theme: Cities : architecture and society – Biennial Curator: Richard Burdett.
10-13 | Geneva (Switzerland)
50th World Congress of the International Federation for Housing and Planning IFHP
Urban life, Boundaries and et Mutations
10 Sept. - 19 Nov. | Venice (Italia)
10e edition of the architectural Biennial of Venice
Theme: meta-cities – Biennial Curator: Richard Burdett.
14-16 | Varna (Bulgaria)
4th International confrence on Civil Engineering, Design and Construction.
14-23 | Terni (Italy)
Congress of the International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage TICCIH.
16-17 | London (United Kingdom)
Open House London.
A living architecture exhibition. 500 contemporary and historical architecturally significant buildings open freely to the public.
With RIBA support.
18-22 | Nairobi (Kenya)
Summit "Africités 4"
Theme: Building local coalitions for an efficient development during the coming millenium of african local communities.
19-21 | Seoul (Republic of Korea)
First International Conference on Digital Architecture & Construction..
21-24 | Kavala (Greece)
International Congress of the UIA Work Programme Architecture and Tourism–Region II
Theme: Waterfront cities and sites, tourism and development
Organized by The Technical Chamber of Greece.

Janna Mitsou, Co-Director of the UIA Work Programme
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25-28 | Macau (P.R. of China)
UIA Work Programme Cultural and Educational Spaces international Seminar
Theme: Macau fusion architecture: a learning experience.

José M. R. Freire da Silva, arq

26-29 | Ankara (Turkey)
International DOCOMOMO Conference « Other » Modernism
September-October | Venice (Italy)
10e edition of the architectural Biennial of Venice
Theme: meta-cities – Biennial Curator: Richard Burdett
1-14 | Goiannia (Brazil)
18th Congress of Brazilians Architects
Theme: Architecture and planning in the context of sustainable development.

Institute of Brazilian Architects
2 | Worldwide celebration
World Architecture Day
World Habitat Day
Theme: cities magnets of Hope

2 | Naples (Italy)
Official celebration of World Habitat Day and World Architecture Day together by the UIA and UN-Habitat.

3 | Tbilissi (Georgia)
Meeting of UIA Region II Presidents.

Martin Drahovsky, Vice-Président de l’UIA Région II
3 | Tbilissi (Georgia)
Celebrations ceremonies of World Architecture Day, of the 75th anniversary of Georgian Union of architects and 10th anniversary of that Union as UIA member Country
International conference: Intervention of contemporary architecture in the historical cities.

Union of Architects of Georgia
Devid Abuladze , President
2-4 | Birmingham (United Kingdom)
World Conference on accelerating excellence in the built environment
Theme: Strategic Leadership, Regeneration, Innovation Productivity and Best practice
4-6 | Budapest (Hungary)
7th International Seminar and Annual members’ Meeting of the UIA Architecture for Science and High-tech Facilities.
Theme: The High Tech Campus in the City - The Eco-Technological Dilemna.

Moshe Zarhy, Programme Director
4-7 | Stara Lesna (Slovakia)
14th international symposium on problems of landscape ecological research
Theme: Implementation of landscape ecology in the new and changing conditions
6-9 | Minneapolis (USA)
43th World Congress of the International federation of Landscape Architects – IFLA
Theme:Green solutions for a Blue Planet.
10-12 | Buenos Aires (Argentina)
17th Latino American Congress of Hospital Architecture and Engineering organized by Argentina Association of Hospital Architecture and Engineering
11-14 | Brussels (Belgium)
3rd European Day for architectural, urban and education research.
Theme : Architecture et patrimoine
19-23 | Moscow (Russia)
14th International festival of Architecture “Zodchestvo 2006”.

Union des Architectes de Russie – UAR
Inna Khokhlova
Yury Sdobnov – Vladimir Gavrilov

22-24 | Jerusalem (Israel)
International Conference of Sports and Leisure UIA Work Programme.
Theme: Sports for people with disabilities.
Call for papers: Deadline June 1st 2006-05-03.

Israel Association of United Architects
25-28 | Daegu (Républic of Korea)
6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchange in Asia
Theme: Neo-Value in Asian Architecture.

Seok Jae Hong
28-30 | Cairo (Egypt)
Internrational Conference on Architecture … Urbanism and Culture, organised by l’Université d’Ain Shams
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3-6 | Melbourne (Australia)
UIA Professionnal Practice Commission Meeting at the invitation of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Russell Keune, Commission Co-Director
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects
13-17 | Quito (Ecuador)
15th Pan-American architecture Biennial.

College of Architects in Ecuador – Pinchincha
25-29 | Dhaka (Bangladesh)
CAA General Assembly, Conference and Students Forum
Theme: Society, architects and Emerging Issues
Organised by The Institute of Architects Bangladesh.

The Commonwealth Architects Association
29 November - 1 December | Lyon (France)
International Conference APIC 2006 AIVC
Theme: Technologies and sustainable policies for Radical Decrease of the Energy Consumption in Buildings
15-18 | Bangkok (Thailand)
Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
Theme: Hyper-traditions.
3-30 | Istanbul (Turkey)
2nd International Istanbul Architecture Biennal
Theme: Water and Asphalt.
15-18 | Agia Pelagia (Greece)
2nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment PALENC 2007
Co-organised by
International Work Programme UIA ARES
Hellenic Association for the Building and the Environment.

Nikos Fintikakis, UIA Programme Director ARES

« on: April 25, 2006, 06:34:04 PM »

In May 2005, a public meeting was called by the Delhi Urban Art Commission, inviting professionals from various disciplines to contribute to ideas on how to make Delhi a better City and to chart out the way forward.

In this meeting 12 Task Forces were constituted involving over 100 professionals to critically examine the various factors that contribute to a better quality of life. These tasks forces worked' purely on a voluntary basis though facilitated by the DUAC. Each Task Force also had one official from a relevant authority as member to ensure the implementation of the ideas generated. Dozens of meetings were held inside the DUAC and outside, and outside, in brain storming sessions to give shape to the schemes as well as to share ideas amongst the Task Forces.

This exhibition is the outcome of the work generated by these Task Forces, grouped in a way as to involve the citizens of Delhi in a dialogue and point to possible routes, which Delhi could take to become a more livable city of world class standards. What emerged, as a consensus was that Delhi has the inherent capacity to grow out of its own DNA and that it did not have to evaluate unsustainable models developed in other countries. Delhi has its own unique natural heritage, built from and vibrant populations with great entrepreneurial skill.

This exhibition brings these efforts together in a portrait relationship to involve the professionals, the government bodies and the citizens of Delhi, to chalk out a sustainable future through which Delhi can place itself among the best cities of the world.


It is part of our life, as citizens of Delhi, to question us about where Delhi is heading in the future. We question ourselves because the destiny of India in the 21st century will be played out in Delhi for sure and in some other cities may be too.

What kind of a Delhi will the coming century bring to us? The coming Delhi can either have a re-vitalized connection with its multi-layered past or opt to move out to new territories where new economic zones with shining towers and highways are built on vacant land without a memory or history. These places like the Shenzhen territories of southern China are the new spaces of desire where cyber spaces take precedent over urban space and where net addresses are more important than street addresses. We have of course already made a beginning to go in the direction and the new Gurgaon and other economic zone cities will be coming up full of promise to a coming generation of wealthy Indians.

Should we clap for future of Delhi or remain silent and loose our faith in jour ability to take care of its core, it is center, and its soul within.

We believe that the unpredictable future of Delhi is linked to its multi-layered past and that its future will provide us with yet another layer in the history of this great urban civilization. For the last 500 years, Delhi has existed as a town surrounded by urban sprawl. In the next 500 years it will be transformed into the center of a great urban civilization that will have a population close to 50 million.

We can change the destiny of Delhi by caring for it. This exhibition restores our faith in the future of Delhi despite its fragmentation by multiple agencies during the last 50 years. To-day we are at another turning point in the history of Delhi as waves of global events provide its agency rulers opportunities to fragment the city by pushing it into an overdrive that is intended to make up for lost time. At such earlier turning points great Delhi's were founded. The Moguls founded Shahjehanabad and the British established New Delhi both of which we have inherited. This exhibition is about how we can use this inheritance to found another great Delhi not for the convenience of its ruling agencies but for the ordinary human being who is a citizen of Delhi.

The Delhi Urban Art Commission has begun a process that will define a new vision for Delhi. This exhibition illustrates our work-in- progress. If we are able to share this vision with the citizens and the other agencies that divide and control the fate of Delhi we may be able to revitalize the core of the coming great urban civilization which will have a population exceeding 50 million in the coming decades.


As Delhi grows into a metropolis of 20 million citizens and more.......
we need to think about five points that could improve the quantity of life for its citizens as well as enhance the city's distinctive personality.

Green Delhi
The natural features of Delhi - the river Yamuna, the Ridge, the forests, lakes and parks can be integrated into the planning of the city so that they can be experienced and enjoyed by all citizens.

Inherited Delhi
The inheritance from its past gives Delhi its special character. Its monuments, precincts, and villages are an unforgettable part of the city's personality. The future image of the city should be integrated with these inherited features.

Redevelopment of Delhi
A compact city is economically viable, and produces a rich urban culture.
The core areas of the city need to accommodate more activities and homes. The intensity and concentration of this redevelopment, and the development of new urban areas, should be more intensive near the metro, rail and bus stations.

Viable Transportation
The Delhi of 20 million citizens will need a strong and efficient public transport system. Reliance on private, individual transport by car or motorcycle will become environmentally unsustainable. Effective public transport should provide an essential service to at least 80% of the travel demand.

Streets and Public Areas
To enjoy the city, its public spaces and streets should once again be made safe, so that walking and cycling is a pleasurable experience. The right of the pedestrian to use public areas is an inalienable right and must be re - claimed.

Source DUAC Website

NEWS / Pritzker Architecture Prize 2006
« on: April 10, 2006, 05:30:46 PM »
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
of Brazil Becomes the 2006
Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been chosen as the 2006 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 77-year old architect becomes the second laureate from Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer being the first, chosen in 1988.
In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, said, “Mendes da Rocha has shown a deep understanding of space and scale through the great variety of buildings he has designed, from private residences, housing complexes, a church, museums and sports stadia to urban plans for public space. While few of his buildings were realized outside of Brazil, the lessons to be learned from his work, both as a practicing architect and a teacher, are universal.”
The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on May 30, 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey. At that time, a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion are bestowed.
The new laureate began his career in the 1950s and was part of what was then considered the avant-garde in São Paulo, known loosely as creators of the Paulist brutalist architecture — practicioners whose work, often using simple materials and forms, emhasized an ethical dimension of architecture. He is widely considered the most outstanding architect of Brazil. He has steadfastly devoted his career to the creation of buildings and spaces guided by a sense of responsibility toward the residents of his buildings and the broader society.
During a career that spans six decades, he has maintained his own practice, taught for many years at the University of São Paulo, and contributed to the professional community through his work as president of the Brazilian Institute for Architects. He has lectured extensively throughout South America and Europe. He has received many awards, but it was the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin American Architecture in 2000 that brought international recognition.
Pritzker Prize jury chairman, Lord Palumbo, commented, “Mendes da Rocha brings the joyful lilt of Brazil to his work...never afraid of innovation or of taking risks...indeed, a worthy choice.”
Among his most widely known built works is the Brazilian Sculpture Museum, a non-traditional concept of a museum, nestled partly underground in a garden in São Paulo. He made bold use of a giant concrete beam on the exterior that traverses the site.
His Forma Furniture Showroom in the same city is considered an icon of his approach to architecture. The front has a window that spans the length of the building, opening the building to the cityscape, a recurring theme of his work.
His renovation of São Paulo’s oldest Fine Arts Museum, the Pinacoteca do Estado, affirmed his understanding and respect for Brazil’s legacy — the basic structure of the 19th century building was simply restored with some striking new functional additions.
Mendes da Rocha revitalized a square in the heart of São Paulo, called Patriarch Plaza, adding an enormous steel canopy that appears to float over the square.
Internationally, he was a finalist in the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1972, and was the architect of Brazil’s Pavilion at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan in 1970. Currently, in Galicia in the northwest part of Spain, he is developing a master plan for the Technological City, part of the University of Vigo. His task is to integrate new buildings — library, engineering departments, student residences, administration offices — designed by several different Spanish architects into an overall landscape scheme that also fosters connections between buildings.
Martha Thorne, speaking as the executive director of the Pritzker Prize, quoting from the jury citation which states, “Inspired by the principles and language of modernism, he brings a renewed force to each of his projects through his bold use of simple materials and a deep understanding of the poetics of space.”
Juror Carlos Jimenez from Houston who is professor of architecture at Rice University, said, “...he builds with exceptional economy to achieve an architecture of profound social engagement, an architecture that transcends the limits of construction to dazzle with poetic rigor and imagination. ”
Balkrishna Doshi, Pritzker Juror from India, spoke of Mendes da Rocha’s work, “It is not impossible to create generous architecture even in situations with minimum resources and numerous constraints. What one needs is a largeness of vision and a desire to create something that people can touch, feel, and in which they can participate.”
“For Mendes da Rocha, the meaning of architecture is not to create isolated buildings, but to respond to the eternal question of human habitation. His answers are at the same time classical and audacious: a new força geográfica for a new society,” is juror Rolf Fehlbaum’s comment.
Another juror, Victoria Newhouse, says, “The jury was deeply impressed by this practitioner’s ability to create powerful structures working within the technical limitations of his culture.”
Juror Karen Stein commented, “As the translation of his surname — “of the rock”—- implies, he has steadfastly adhered to the experimental approach upon which he established his own architectural practice over half a century ago, consistently pushing the sculptural limits of structural form to surprising and often poetic effect.”
The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.
The distinguished jury that selected Mendes da Rocha as the 2006 Laureate consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, internationally known architectural patron of London, chairman of the trustees, Serpentine Gallery, former chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, former chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation, and former trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and alphabetically: Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, architect, planner and professor of architecture of Ahmedabad, India; Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the board, Vitra in Basel, Switzerland; Frank O. Gehry, architect and Pritzker Laureate 1989 from Los Angeles, California; Carlos Jimenez, professor, Rice University School of Architecture, principal, Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, Texas; Victoria Newhouse architectural historian and author, founder and director of the Architectural History Foundation, New York, New York; and Karen Stein, editorial director of Phaidon Press in New York.
The prize presentation ceremony moves to different locations around the world each year, paying homage to historic and contemporary architecture. Last year, the ceremony was held in Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, in Millennium Park. The previous year, it was in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the years prior, ceremonies have been at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain; Michelangelo’s Campidoglio in Rome, Italy; Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia; as well as at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
The list of venues goes on to include not only a great many of the great museums in the United States, but also many other countries including France, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Japan.
“This year, by going to Istanbul,” explains Hyatt Foundation president, Thomas Pritzker, “we hope to increase the awareness of architecture in a country that has historically been the crossroads of eastern and western cultures for many centuries.”
The late Philip Johnson was the first Pritzker Laureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán of Mexico was named in 1980. The late James Stirling of Great Britain was elected in 1981, Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meier in 1984. Hans Hollein of Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottfried Böhm of Germany received the prize in 1986. The late Kenzo Tange was the first Japanese architect to receive the prize in 1987; Fumihiko Maki was the second from Japan in 1993; and Tadao Ando the third in 1995. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza of Portugal in 1992. Christian de Portzamparc of France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. The late Gordon Bunshaft of the United States and Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil, were named in 1988. Frank Gehry was the recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi of Italy in 1990. In 1996, Rafael Moneo of Spain was the Laureate; in 1997 Sverre Fehn of Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano of Italy, in 1999 Sir Norman Foster of the UK, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands. In 2001, two architects from Switzerland received the honor: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Australian Glenn Murcutt received the prize in 2002. Jørn Utzon of Denmark was honored in 2003; Zaha Hadid of the UK in 2004; and Thom Mayne of the United States in 2005.
The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; also because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.

Citation from the Jury
Paulo Mendes da Rocha of Sao Paulo, Brazil, inspired by the principles and language of modernism, as well as through his bold use of simple materials, has over the past six decades produced buildings with a deep understanding of the poetics of space. He modifies the landscape and space with his architecture, striving to meet both social and aesthetic human needs.
Whether individual homes or apartments, to a church, sports stadium, art museum, kindergarten, furniture showroom or public plaza, Mendes da Rocha has devoted his career to the creation of architecture guided by a sense of responsibility to the inhabitants of his projects as well as to a broader society.
Adhering to a social vision commensurate with the new world, he reminds us that architecture is foremost a human endeavor inspired by nature’s omnipresence. The vast territory of his country has given this architect a rich lineage to harness and reconcile nature and architecture as congruent forces.
His signature concrete materials and intelligent, yet remarkably straightforward construction methods create powerful and expressive, internationally-recognized buildings. There is no doubt that the raw materials he uses in achieving monumental results have had influences the world over.
He has also proven his mastery of restoration and renovation, reaffirming his understanding and respect for his country’s legacy and his own belief in the relevancy of the architecture of our time. Mendes da Rocha looks at history as it relates to the future.
He has dedicated himself to a search for a synthesis of design and form that is as beautiful as it is technically perfect.
In his own words, his definition of architecture is “…the transformation of nature, a total fusion of science, art and technology in a sublime statement of human dignity and intelligence through the settlements we build for ourselves…”
All of these qualities and accomplishments have qualified him as the recipient of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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NEWS / Design Consultant for Games Village
« on: February 24, 2006, 02:44:44 PM »
Delhi Development authority is looking for consultants for developing the Games Village for the Common Wealth games to be held in 2010 in New Delhi.

The advt. can be seen at

Students of Architecture / TOP Ten Architecture Schools in India ?
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:31:04 PM »
Which are the 10 best schools of architecture in India today ?

There have been some schools which have maintained their standards thru the years, some new school produce good (which is also a subjective issue) architects, and then there are those whose students when they show their thesis work it seems like the first year design submission.

We would like to see if we can come out with the top ten best schools.

After we have some 15-20 names we will set up a poll to see how they fare.

Urban-Open International Architecture Competition

Deadline: April 15, 2006

The Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with Archi-Treasures, Bethany Brethren Community Center, the Garfield Park Conservancy Alliance, and the AIA Young Architects Forum have launched a two phase, international architectural competition for the design of an outdoor community space in Garfield Park, Chicago, Illinois. The design should honor the commitment of Chicago to sustainability and community development while defining the actual space, sculpturally, architecturally, and naturally.

Jury: Samuel Assefa, Jeanne Gang, Carolyn O’Boyle, Erma Purnell, Ceasar McDowell, Michelle McKay, Mark Sexton, and Kristen Akre.

Architectural Competitions / Norwegian Wood Design Competition
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:07:28 AM »
Norwegian Wood Design Competition

Deadline: March 10,2006

Norwegian Design is currently accepting applications to pre-qualify for architectural services. The competition is for 15 all timber buildings in Rogaland and Stavanger Norway. This international design competition is intended to further the urban, modern, and sustainable development of the historic city, which is to be the 2008 European Cultural Capital.

Architectural Competitions / Designing the Future of New Orleans
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:05:31 AM »
Designing the Future of New Orleans

Deadline: March 1,2006

Architectural Record in collaboration with McGraw-Hill Construction and Tulane University School of Architecture has begun a dual international design competition for the rebuilding of New Orleans. The dual competition, New Orleans Housing Prototype and High Density on High Ground, includes a student competition for the design of an affordable single-family housing prototype, and the second competition for everyone is the design of a mixed-use multi-family housing complex. Winning entries will be published in Architectural Record and displayed at the 2006 AIA Convention.

Jury: High Density on High Ground; Charles Correa, David Adjaye, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Monica Ponce de Leon, Natalie De Vries, Robert Ivy and Sean Cummings. New Orleans Housing Prototype; Brian MacKay Lyons, Deborah Berke, Mabel Wilson, Mario Gooden, Merril Elam, Patty Gay and Robert Ivy.

Architectural Competitions / Greenstop Design Competition
« on: February 22, 2006, 10:00:58 AM »
The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and The Great Valley Center, with the support of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, and private organizations, are partnering in an open one-stage international competition to select a design, and thereby a design team, for a self-sustainable and "off the grid" roadside GreenStop © the word coined to designate a green roadside rest area. The Sponsors view this as a unique opportunity to create a "green" rest area that can serve as a model for current and future rest stops within the state system, with the ability to be customized so as to be regionally relevant for each location. The site for purposes of the competition is the Tipton rest area site along Route 99 in Tulare County, San Joaquin Valley, CA. The site currently accommodates nearly 3 million travelers per year. While the design will be required to address the larger sustainability and interpretive issues, it will also be required to provide an image and identity reflecting this region of California's Central Valley.

While this competition is site specific, the goal of this competition is to serve as a pilot project that will create a new model that could be replicated elsewhere in the state. The competition will address the redevelopment of the existing rest area, and will include interpretive elements that provide opportunities for visitors to better understand the unique qualities and products of the region.

The competition will be conducted from early January through mid-April 2006, and is open to all architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, educators, students and others interested in sustainability issues. Multi-disciplinary teams that include environmental specialists and landscape architects are encouraged. Prizes include a $10,000 Grand Prize and other awards. Bill Liskamm, FAIA will serve as the Competition Advisor.

For additional information contact Bill Liskamm, Competition Advisor at

Type: Open
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2006
Submission Deadline: April 10, 2006
Open to: All
Entry Fee: US$100
Awards: US$10,000 Grand Prize
Jury: Rob Wellington Quigley, Ken Smith, Jerry Goldberg, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Lynn Simon, Keith Robinson and Steve Castellanos

Jobs / Architect Required
« on: January 12, 2006, 11:53:45 PM »
Architect - 2 positions available.

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Job profile : Design development / Working drawings / detailing  for Hospital, Residential buildings, Interiors etc. etc.

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General Discussion / SPA Alumni GBM & Dinner
« on: November 29, 2005, 04:07:00 PM »
This is just to spread the word around that the "SPA Alumni" is organising a "General Body Meeting" (GBM)  followed by Cocktails with Dinner at the Dilli O Dilli Terrace, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
Schedule of Events :
Date :  Friday the 9th of December 2005.

Time :  7:00 PM Sharp.
We have managed a partial sponsor and should therefore be able to subsidize the evening quite a bit. The contributory part is placed at:
Alumni Member / Spouse / Children below 18 years : Rs. 200/- per person
Non Member Alumni / Guest : Rs. 600/- per person
(Members with outstanding dues will also be placed in this category)
You also have the option of carrying a cheque favouring "SPA Alumni", for Rs. 1100/- and taking a "Lifetime Membership". This would then instantly allow you to pay only Rs. 200/- as the contribution.
Please pass the word around and try to rope together sufficient friends and batch mates to make the evening a rocking success
With Warm Regards
Executive Committee SPA Alumni

General Discussion / Architects are sexiest
« on: November 09, 2005, 11:31:33 AM »
Interesting findings

U.S. Green Building Council Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the 2005 recipients of the Fourth Annual Leadership Awards. The awards are presented in six categories including Community, Education, LEED, Organizational Excellence, Research and Advocacy. The Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction.

The recipients will be honored at USGBC's annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at a ceremony to be held at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga.

Each Leadership Award category recognizes one organization and one individual. In the Community category, the Kresge Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the U.S., was recognized for their green building leadership and program initiatives including a national program which provides educational materials and funding for nonprofit organizations to plan and design green buildings.

Bob Berkebile, of BNIM Architects, was recognized in the Community category for his lifelong commitment to sustainability. For the past 30 years, Berkebile has been committed to restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to our communities through his role as founding Chairman of the American Institute of Architect's Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) and his previous service on the USGBC Board of Directors.

In the Education category the Croxton Collaborative, founded by Randolph R. Croxton, was honored for their development of environmental/sustainable and human-centered architecture and design. Internationally recognized as an innovator, the firm has been instrumental in defining the criteria used to establish universally accepted goals and practices in this field of green architecture.

Traci Ryder of Alliance Architecture was also recognized in the Education category. Ryder is the Chair and a founding member of USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders, whose mission is to integrate students and young professionals into the green building movement. Traci has been essential to the success of the EGB program. Over the past three years since its inception, Traci has created and led the USGBC Design Competition; a national program that recognizes and awards students and young professionals for exceptional project design using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

The LEED award went to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). With leadership from Craig Kneeland, a NYSERDA project manager, the organization has become a critical force for green building in New York. Kneeland initiated the first green building program based on the principles of the LEED green building rating system in the state of New York. He led the effort to craft New York State Green Building tax credit legislation.

The LEED individual award went to Paul von Paumgartten of Johnson Controls for his many years of service in the development of the LEED for New Construction and for Existing Buildings rating systems as a member and as Chair of LEED committees, and for his leadership within Johnson Controls in brining the message of sustainability to their customers. Paul provides valuable counsel to the sales force, and he helps customers understand the tremendous triple-bottom-line value green building can bring to their organizations. Additionally, Paul formed an internal "Green Team" that includes more than 50 people from Johnson Controls who have become LEED Accredited Professionals.

In the category of Organizational Excellence, Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide was recognized for its advancement of sustainable design in the role of leader, innovator, and supporter of the successful, seamless integration of superior design and green principles. Under the direction of founder Art Gensler, Gensler explores avenues of innovation that demonstrate how a green approach can add value to clients’ businesses by enhancing the public responsibility component of the corporate culture and confirming a commitment to a high-quality and healthier workplace.

Ross Spiegel of Fletcher-Thompson, Inc, was also honored for Organizational Excellence. Spiegel leads his firm's green team and is responsible for the greening of the firm's written construction documents and building a base of technical knowledge on green products for use by the firm's architects, engineers, and interior designers. Ross has also served on the Greenbuild Steering Committee for the past four Greenbuild conferences.

The Research award went to Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings (AEDG-SO). The AEDG is a joint effort of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI). AEDG-SO was recognized for their outstanding effort in developing the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings, a significant contribution helping to advance green building.

The Research individual award went to G. Z. Brown, professor of architecture and director of the University of Oregon Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. Brown has been a proponent of sustainable building practices his entire career. He was principally responsible for integrating sustainable curriculum into the University of Oregon School of Architecture. In 1985, Brown founded the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and has served as its director since.

Global Green received the Advocacy award for working for the last 10 years to advance policy initiatives that support green building. Global Green USA was founded in 1993 as the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, President Mikhail Gorbachev’s international environmental movement. The mission of the organization is to foster a global value shift toward a more sustainable world by focusing on the three greatest problems facing the world: global climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and access to clean water.

Tim Carey, former president and CEO of Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and current Chief Operating Officer, New York Power Authority received the Advocacy award for his leadership at BPCA; Carey demonstrated a deep commitment to spreading the word about the successes and lessons learned in Battery Park City, and about the work of USGBC. Thanks in part to these foundational efforts and the leadership of Gifford Miller, speaker of the New York City Council, in October 2005 Mayor Mike Bloomberg signed the city’s High Performance Buildings Bill, requiring LEED Silver for all city buildings -- becoming one of the first major cities in the nation to enact legislation requiring green building practices.

"The recipients of the 2005 Leadership Awards are to be congratulated," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The organizations and individuals represented are among the most influential green building leaders and their achievements are bedrock to our mission of transforming the built environment.”

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