A MODERN HISTORY

BACKGROUND

In the early 1990s, the Indian economy saw a major boom in the business sector, as a multitude of brands and multi-national companies percolated into the country. Post liberalization, with the tenets of market fundamentalism, and worship of technology, corporate hubs grew and evolved. This new world became an integral part of the Indian city life, and a new architectural typology was born. The corporate office building, a floor by floor space stacked up on top of the other, confining workers with the new model of workstations inspired from the ideals of Taylorism, became a standard touchstone for large scale corporate spaces. These buildings brought with them not just a new style of architecture, but a certain kind of a work culture, and lifestyle. In a post independent country, they generated an era of hope, for the Indian common man, where college education followed by a steady job equalled a successful future. Beginning in the last decade of twentieth century, this new model of work life weaved itself in the country’s existing urban fabric effortlessly.

But predominantly, this model of the corporate office was borrowed from major western influences, where in India, neither the architecture was suitable, nor was the work culture familiar. Today, after several indigenous companies built theirconglomerates in the country, and after years of evolution in the technologies of corporate industry, around 90% of offices still follow the architecture of the conventional and borrowed office model used previously. Apart from functionality, it serves very little to its user and contributes even lesser to its context.

Moreover, with the major shifts in the digital space, with the advent of apps, socialmedia, and the continually changing access of the virtual world, smaller businesses have gained an 
unprecedented momentum. The millennial era has seen a generation of young adults setting up enterprises; hoping, aspiring, and endlessly planning to ‘own’ than to work for another 
company. The concept of work is not merely earning a living; it is a quest for chasing passion, and seeking one’s identity.

Awards & Certifications

We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Participants are free to submit multiple entries but each entry needs to be registered with a seperate email ID.
Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcome to join. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.

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    1st Prize

    INR 125000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    2nd Prize

    INR 50000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    3rd Prize

    INR 25000 + Publication

    + Certification

15 Honorable mentions

Honourable mentioned members will be shown on our website.

Queries and Questions:

In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ subject until competition@archdais.com 25th September 2019. We highly recommend our participants to check the FAQ section on the archdais website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process, fees, or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.

Important Dates & Fees

Early Bird Registration

15th Jul - 31st Aug 2019

Indian National: INR 1500
Foreign National: USD 45

Standard Registration

01st Sep - 10th Oct 2019

Indian National: INR 1800
Foreign National: USD 60

Late Registration

11th Oct - 25th Oct 2019

Indian National: INR 2400
Foreign National: USD 75

Submissions Close

31st Oct 2019

Announcement of Winners

25th Dec 2019

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website archdais.com The participants will receive their TEAMCODE within 24 hours of completing their payment successfully. TEAMCODE will be sent primarily to the email address provided to PAYUMONEY/PAYPAL while transaction. If participants do not receive their teamcode, Kindly attach screenshot of Payumoney/Paypal receipt on competition@archdais.com.

How it Works?

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STEP 1

Register

Download the brief
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STEP 2

Design

Create an amazing design accordingly
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STEP 3

Upload

Upload your submission on archdais
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STEP 4

Jury

Our jury panel will evaluate all the submissions
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STEP 5

Awards

Winners will be awarded prize money & certificates

Jury

Ar. Karan Grover

Ar. Karan Grover

Principal Architect , KGA

Ar. Ishan Grover

Ar. Ishan Grover

Design Director , KGA

Ar. Bismaya Puhan

Ar. Bismaya Puhan

Project Architect , KGA

Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher

Principal Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects

Nils Fischer

Nils Fischer

Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Lei Zheng

Lei Zheng

Lead Designer, Zaha Hadid Architects

Shajay Bhooshan

Shajay Bhooshan

Sr. Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects

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