The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) organises IIA Young Architects Festival (YAF), a national symposium to encourage & promote participation of Young Architects and to celebrate the contribution of the youngsters to the profession. This year, IIA Jharkhand Chapter hosted the YAF from 22nd October to 24th October 2021 at Ranchi.
They hosted a magnanimous event by providing a common platform for each architect taking part to present their architectural works, share and circulate information, discuss pertinent issues relevant for the profession, identify, promote, and instill skills and talents. The event was a fun filled hybrid weekend extravaganza of design, culture, energy, and youth in the land of forests. Over 250 Architects across the nation joined the event physically at the venue and approximately 350-400 Architects took part in the event virtually. All the National Council members graced the event along with all the Chapter Chairpersons.
The event also included Building Material Exhibition, Council Meeting, and Cultural Programs, Stand-up show, followed by technical session. In the valedictory ceremony, Architect Pappal Suneja from Ludhiana Center was awarded the young architect of the chapter award for Punjab. As Pappal Suneja is currently in Germany pursuing his Doctorate, Ar. Sanjay Goel; Punjab Chapter Chairman, collected the award at the ceremony on behalf of Pappal Suneja.
Architect Pappal Suneja is currently a PhD Research Scholar at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany and Visiting Lecturer at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, Germany. He is the founder and curator of Architecture Journalism and Criticism (AJC+). At this young age, he has published 6 books and over 150 publications in various magazines, portals, and journals. He is also the International correspondent of ADA journal, Project coordinator of Bauhaus Open Studio 2020, and Former Country Editor & Reporter for worldarchitecture.org Portal. He has also mentored Undergraduate Fellowship program for Architecture at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata Italy in the summer 2019. Recently, he was awarded the World Architecture Awards 10+5+X in the 35th and 36th cycles. His project “What’s up Paris” was awarded in the WA Awards, 35th Cycle in Academia category, while “Cost-Effective Habitat” won the WA Awards, 36th Cycle. This is the beginning of his contribution to the architectural field, which will continue in the future.
The architect has spread awareness and inculcated unprecedented ideas about the field of Architectural journalism and critical appreciation in India with 30+ workshops and several competitions. The young architect of the chapter award adds glory to his proliferation of work towards the path he chose.
All Images courtesy of YAF, 2021