The West Bengal chapter of the Indian Institute of Architecture hosted the National Convention of the Indian Institute of Architects at Vedic Village, Kolkata on 18th & 19th of December 2015.. It was aimed to bring together professionals and explore on the various facets of architectural development, practice, education and the future vision. The theme based on “People and their Spaces” was discussed rigorously as leaders from different parts of the world gave the much-needed focus to the architectural scenario of the state.
Speakers who took part in the convention were Fumihiko Maki (Tokyo), Rahul Mehrotra (Mumbai/Boston), Peter Oborn (Riba, London) and Boonserm Permthande (Bangkok Project Studio). These luminaries shared their thoughts on topics such as creation of humane environments, responsibilities of an architect, crafting spaces and building knowledge, architecture with a small ”i”. There was a panel discussion on “Dialogues with the Masters” with Narendra Dengle, Prasanna Desai, Pushkar Kanvinde and Partha Ranjan Das as panellists. A souvenir with many scholarly articled was also released to mark the occasion.
Over 1,000 delegates attended the convention who came together to discussed on networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities. This IIA Natcon is poised to be one of the largest conventions held under the aegis of IIA president Ar Divya Kush, with many of the practising architects of the city.