Architecture distinctly engulfs and empowers our lives. For architects, it becomes a part of their personalities, influencing their beliefs and lifestyles. Trough the stories of ten acclaimed architectural families (Sumit Ghosh & Family, Uttam C. Jain & family, Kembhavis, Shahs & Khannas, Khans, Kanvindes, Puris, S.D. Sharma & Family, Zacharias, and Shahs & Gores), Architectural Inheritance and Evolution in India explores how the profession situates itself in the bonds within architectural families in India, a nation rejoicing in its rich family culture and ethos.
The book probes how the introduction, journey, understanding, interpretation, and approach of architecture can develop across family members. It further depicts the complexity of navigating personal and professional equations in a space where divergent notions of creativity and opinions prevail. Traversing diverse narratives over generations, the book reflects the colossal transformation of architecture over the decades, the contentious issue of entitlement and nepotism in the eld, and architecture’s ability to become a way of living and bonding among family members.
About the authors
Indian author, award-winning architectural journalist, curator, and editor, Apurva Bose Dutta works at the intersection of architectural design writing, thinking, discourse, curation, journalism, criticism, and communications. Widely travelled, Apurva’s passion for communication and her academic background (B.Arch., Chandigarh College of Architecture; Diploma in freelance journalism, UK) have translated into her unique 18-year career with the AEC industry, involving global collaborations with prominent multimedia publication houses, firms, organisations, and institutions affiliated with architecture, design, and building.
Having represented India at International Architectural Media Visits, Apurva also consults for academic and professional industry initiatives and offers training in architectural design writing, a discipline for which she is extensively recognised for her pioneering initiatives in India. Her well-received first book, Architectural Voices of India, documented the voices of 19 eminent Indian architects and built a framework for a discourse on architecture.
“Today in a world of great diversity, the task of unifying, which is the fundamental of architecture, is welcomed from all directions of human society via all the senses and elements that constitute life. This book opens a new chapter and direction in the lives of young architectural professionals. This direction which was thought of as a family-dictated one can now be declared as one giant step that families in future will take up with immense involvement. A whole new chapter of architecture awaits the built world of human society!
Expressing architecture in a format other than the built environment and communicating the differences of the architecture of families within a format of discipline is an accomplishment every habitat and habitant should take the time to read and comprehend. Literature has the power to open a new facet of human habitat as realised through the creation of spaces travelling to a new horizon of expression. This literature, authored and curated by Apurva, opens a new dimension of comprehending and expressing imaginative innovation. I would say, Just Read It!”
Prof. Krishna Rao Jaisim
Architect, Patron, Philosopher; Founder & Principal Architect, Jaisim-Fountainhead, Bengaluru (India)