Praxis [06]: Vidhya Mohankumar | Urban Design Collective

Date: Friday, 16th April 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online



About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Vidhya Mohankumar will be presenting the sixth in the series.


Praxis [05]: Samuel Barclay | Case Design

Date: Friday, 12th March 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online



About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Samuel Barclay will be presenting the fifth in the series.


Praxis [04]: Vinu Daniel | Wallmakers

Date: Friday, 12th March 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online



About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Vinu Daniel will be presenting the fourth in the series.


Praxis [03]: Playgroup Studio

Date: Friday, 26th February 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online



About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Harsh Patel & Bhavana Hameed will be presenting the third in the series.


Praxis [02]: Rohan Chavan, RC Architects

Date: Friday, 12th February 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online



About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Rohan Chavan will be presenting the second in the series.


Praxis [01]: Aishwarya Tipnis, ATA

Date: Friday, 29th January 2021
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online


About Praxis | Conversations & Publication

An initiative by Matter, Praxis is editorially positioned as a survey of contemporary practices in India, with a particular emphasis on the principles of practice, the structure of its processes, and the challenges it is rooted in.The focus is on twelve firms whose span of work has committed to advancing specific alignments and has matured, over the course of the last decade.Through discussions on the different trajectories that the featured practices have adopted, the intent is to foreground a larger conversation on how the model of a studio is evolving in the context of India. It aims to unpack the contents, systems that organise the thinking in a practice.

The initiative will be published as Conversations and a Publication. The Conversations will be hosted on Fridays every fortnight at 17:30pm. Aishwarya Tipnis will be presenting the first in the series.


About Aishwarya Tipnis Architects

Aishwarya Tipnis founded Aishwarya Tipnis Architects (ATA) in New Delhi, India in 2007. An alumna of the School of Planning & Architecture, she has Master’s Degree in European Urban Conservation with distinction from University of Dundee, Scotland in 2007. She is the recipient of the highest civilian honor in the culture sector the insignia of Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettre (Knight of the Arts and Letters), by the Government of France in 2018 for her outstanding commitment to preservation of French Heritage in India. She is the recipient of the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region (Award of Merit: Mahidpur Fort & Honorable Mention for Doon School, Dehradun) in 2016.

A participant of the first edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, she is the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2011 as well as Scottish International Scholarship 2006. She has served as a consultant to UNESCO, Asian Development Bank, World Monuments Fund New York as well as Vielles Maison Francaise, Paris, Embassy of France in India, Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands in India. She is a Visiting Faculty at Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi, and the author of ‘Vernacular Traditions: Contemporary Architecture’ (2012); and ‘Engagements in the Courtyard: Restoring a Haveli’ in Old Delhi (2020).


The 2021 Takshila Lecture on Architecture & Society: Níall McLaughlin

About The Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society

Architectural practice today is pushed to the peripheries of society it claims to serve. After three cycles of rigorously reviewing contemporary architecture from a diverse pool of practices, The Merit List strives to bring forth pertinent discussions on critical issues to a larger audience. The Merit List Jury over the past cycles has been able to articulate some immediate and urgent concerns that the fraternity of Architects and Designers in India must confront.

The Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society is delivered by an eminent professional / academician that addresses growing disparity between the practice and pedagogy of Architecture in India, and the realities of our social, cultural and economic contexts. The lecture and the following dialogue aim to challenge the status-quo with a conviction that an open and honest conversation on the state of practice will instigate positive change.

The 2021 Takshila Lecture on Architecture and Society was presented by Níall McLaughlin on January 26th, 2021.


The recording of the lecture and transcript can be viewed here.


Níall McLaughlin was born in Geneva in 1962. He was educated in Dublin and studied architecture at University College Dublin between 1979 and 1984. He worked for Scott Tallon Walker for four years and established his own practice in London in 1990. He designs buildings for education, culture, health, religious worship and housing. He won Young British Architect of the Year in 1998, received the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Simultaneous Contribution to Theory and Practice in 2016. Níall was elected an Aosdána Member for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Ireland and as a Royal Academician in the Category of Architecture in 2019. In 2020 he was awarded an Honorary MBE for Services to Architecture. Níall exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 2016 and 2018 and has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Níall is Professor of Architectural Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He was a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles from 2012-2013, and was appointed Lord Norman Foster Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale for 2014-2015.

Significant projects from the practice include the Bandstand (Bexhill 2001), Pier Cafe (Deal 2006), Dirk Cove House (Cork 2004), ARC Building (Hull 2005), Goleen House (Cork 2008), Bishop Edward King Chapel (Oxford 2013), Olympic Athletes’ Housing (London 2012), Peabody Housing (Whitechapel 2015), Somerville Student Residence (Oxford 2010), West Court Jesus College (Cambridge 2017) and The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre (Oxford 2017).

Níall lives in London with his wife Mary and his children Iseult and Diarmaid.


Date: Tuesday, 26th January
Time: 17:30 – 20:00 IST
Venue: Online | Zoom