Bijoy Jain and Kapil Gupta: Two Contemporary Architects
28 June - 2 August 2013
For this exhibition, two architects, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, and Kapil Gupta of Serie Architects, have been invited to show their work, approaches, and inspirations. Curated by architect Aaron B. Schwarz, the presentation includes building models, a wall drawing, axonometric views, site images, project plans, working mockups and samples, giving visitors a window into each designer’s projects and sensibilities. Both Mr. Jain and Mr. Gupta are established architects in India, and recently have been attracting world attention. This show demonstrates that their distinct contemporary design vocabularies are influenced by local building techniques, as well as the social, historic, and climatic conditions of the project environment.
Geographic and cultural differences are rapidly becoming blurred in the styles and forms of contemporary architecture all over the world. Advancements in communication and media technology, ease of world travel, and commonality of overseas education and training, while all good, have led to homogenized architecture and replicated iconography.
In contrast, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and Kapil Gupta of Serie Architects have developed unique and distinct styles that always address the particular conditions of each building project. Both studios work with a deepened sense of context, going beyond the usual considerations of what is physically nearby. Their designs are strengthened and rooted by taking additional cues from the climate, history, social culture, available materials, local building practices, and other factors of new projects, whether here in India or in their work abroad.
Speaking about his curatorial intentions for this show, Aaron Schwarz notes, "I believe that there is a culture of innnovative architectecture happening in India that contributes to the contemporary global design dialogue. Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and Kapil Gupta, working with partner Christopher Lee of Serie Architects, have evolved their own distinct architectural languages and processes, which are enriched and developed for each particular new context."
About the Architects
Kapil Gupta is the co-founder and principal, with Christopher Lee, of Serie Architects London, Mumbai and Beijing (www.serie.co.uk). The work of Serie is underpinned by the exploration of the problem of type and the city, with particular focus on the renewed relevance of typological reasoning and experimentation – or working projectively in series – to describe, conceptualize, theorize and ultimately project new typological ideas for and from the city. Serie was the recipient of the 2010 BD Young Architect of the Year Award and was named one of ten visionary architects by the Leading European Architects Forum in 2012. Gupta was a Director of the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai from 2003 to 2008, during which time he curated India's first entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. He graduated with Honours from Sir JJ School of Architecture, Mumbai in 1996, followed by post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture London between 1996 and 1998.
Founded by Bijoy Jain in 1995, Studio Mumbai is a "human infrastructure" of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build the work directly (www.studiomumbai.com). Their practice entails an iterative process, in which ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. They draw from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources. Their endeavour is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialogue and a face-to–face sharing of knowledge. Studio Mumbai has received numerous awards, including special mention at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale.
About the Curator
Aaron Schwarz is an architect currently living in Mumbai. He is an executive director and principal of the New York City based design firm, Perkins Eastman, and is the managing director of the firm’s design operations in South Asia. He recently completed the design of the new campus for the India School of Business in Mohali and is currently working on several projects in India. His design projects have won many design awards and have been published in journals and books. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 1980. Aaron Schwarz was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his design contributions.