Indian architect Bijoy Jain felicitated with the prestigious RIBA International fellowship.
Founded in 1834, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body mobilizing architecture and recognizing remarkable buildings, communities and the environment through its esteemed members. RIBA is dedicated to “the general advancement of Civil Architecture and for promoting and felicitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith.”
It is governed by a council of 60 members, elected from amongst the RIBA membership, the majority of who are chartered architects. The prestigious RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who have made significant contribution to architecture in its broadest sense.
This includes its promotion, administration and outreach; and its role in building more sustainable communities and in the education of future generations. RIBA International Fellowships felicitate the particular contributions that non-UK architects have made to architecture.
The 2017 RIBA International and Honorary Fellows were presented with their honours in a special event on January 30, 2017 in London, marked by a keynote address by Peter St John.
Amongst several other distinguished architects, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai was also felicitated this year. An architect who wished to “close the gap between design and making, between thought and building and to work more closely with place, tradition and climate”, Jain set up Studio Mumbai in 2005 seeking a better way to communicate with local craftsmen who often could not read drawings.
Some of his leading works include the 2007 Palmyra House (2007) in India. Currently he is working on projects in India, Japan, Switzerland, Australia and France, and was recently also in the news for his magnificent MPavillion he created in Melborne.
Congratulations Bijoy Jain, you make India proud!