Tara House, high water, Kashid, Maharashtra, India. ©SMA.

Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture: Bijoy Jain

September 18, 2017
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai, will deliver the Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture, title Prima Materia.

Born in Mumbai, India, in 1965, Jain earned his MArch from Washington University in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995, and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice. Studio Mumbai works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians, and draftsmen who design and build the work directly. This group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has received several awards, including winner of the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009), finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, Finland (2012), winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012), and most recently, winner of the Grande Medaille d'Or from the Academie D'Architecture, Paris, France (2014). In 2017 he was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship. The University of Hasselt, Belgium, bestowed an honorary doctorate on Jain in 2014. He has taught at Yale University and in Copenhagen and Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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Harris Armstrong Fund

The Harris Armstrong Fund was established in 1976 by Louise Armstrong, in honor of her late husband, architect Harris Armstrong.