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Bengaluru is known for its iconic buildings – the majestic Vidhana Soudha, the striking red High Court, Lalbagh’s glass house, and many more… Several of these spaces are, today, integrated with people’s daily lives; they are now enmeshed in the habits and heritage of the city. Apart from these structures which are relics of a royal and colonial past, Namma ooru is home to several new spaces and institutions which have become architectural and cultural landmarks in their own right.
The relationship between community interaction, institution building, and architectural design in urban spaces is dynamic and interactive. It bridges the gap between form and function, the social and the aesthetic, the spiritual and the commercial, and the public and the private. How do architects negotiate these boundaries between the ethos of new spaces and the sensibilities of an existing city scape?
Join the faces behind Bengaluru’s new landmarks in this investigation of the methods and madness that architecture affords in the urban realm, vis-a-vis building cultural institutions and social spaces for the city’s community.
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Soumitro joined as partner ‘Mathew and Ghosh Architects,’ a partnership founded by Nisha Mathew in 1995.
Educated at the School of Architecture CEPT Ahmedabad Soumitro Ghosh has earlier on worked with Pritzker Laureate B.V. Doshi, R.J. Vasavada, Neelkanth Chaaya, K B Jain, Jaswant Singh, and others before beginning this collaborative multidirectional practice.
The practice with Nisha Mathew covers urban/ people parks and memorials, a museum, hospitality, conservation, industrial facilities, corporate offices, religious and residential buildings as well as exhibition design, interiors, furniture, jewelry, art, and installations. Some of their noticeable projects in Bengaluru (Bengaluru) are the Museum of Art and Photography 2022, National Military Memorial, Freedom Park, Byg Brewski (Hennur) and Bob’s Bar (Indiranagar + Koramangala) etc.
He has taught at the Bengal Institute, Dhaka, and other places. He has been the Charles Correa Design Chair, and been a juror at various forums. He is presently part of the Academic Council of Kamala Raheja Institute for of Architecture, Mumbai. He began his journey of teaching with Kumar Vyas, founding member of NID which he has continued over two plus decades now.
He has personal interest lies in politics, philosophy, culture, and history to understand the society we live in and design for.
Pavitra Shankar is an Executive Director at Brigade Enterprises Limited. She has over 18 years of experience in consulting, private equity and real estate development. At Brigade, she is responsible for Brigade’s residential business strategy and growth, with a strong focus on customer experience and data analytics. Pavitra is also spearheading the digital transformation of the company.
Before she joined Brigade, Pavitra founded and ran Legion Real Estate in Menlo Park, California, which provided business development and real estate marketing consultancy to Indian developers targeting the NRI market in North America. Prior to that Pavitra was responsible for portfolio analytics and fund operations at Rockwood Capital LLC in San Francisco, a real estate private equity firm with over $8 billion in assets under management through commingled funds and separate accounts. She was also with Willis Towers Watson, a human capital consulting firm, in their Actuarial Consulting and Corporate Finance teams. Pavitra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business Administration in Real Estate and Finance from Columbia Business School, where she received the prestigious Alexander Bodini Real Estate Fellowship.
Pavitra is a Trustee of the Indian Music Experience, Bangalore, a monumental and philanthropic initiative by Brigade that is India’s only hi-tech interactive music museum. She is an industry thought leader and is carving a niche for herself as one of the few female leaders in the construction and real estate industry. She was recently named amongst the 40 under 40 icons by Realty Plus.
She is a classically trained Carnatic vocalist and has performed on stage in various genres of a cappella, choral, jazz, musical theatre, and soul.