The winners of IIA (Indian Institute of Architects) Awards for Excellencein Architecture for 2015 were announced at the valedictory function heldat the Kadavu Resort, Kozhikode. Pinkish Shah of DesignI. Y. Housing, Lonavala for Residential Projects in Housing category won themost prestigious Crossroads project of the year award. Shimul Javeri Kadri of the Automobile Design Studio won the prestigious award for M/s. Mahindra & Mahindra in the Infrastructure and Industrial Projects category; Vivek Singh Rathore of Ecospace Landscape, Rajarhat for Landscape Projects; Khushru A Irani of Studio 877, Pune for Conservation and Adaptive Reuse Projects category; Bhavna V Vimavala of People & Their Spaces: City of Waterfront for their Research Studies.
Mohammed Haneesh, IAS, Secretary for Urban Affairs and PWD, Govt. of Kerala was the guest of honour. The awards were presented by IIA President Ar. Divya Kush, Ar. Paresh Kapadia and Ar. Tony Joseph.
Ar. Kochithommen Mathew won a special mention for his Aquatic Resort in Kumbalanghi, Kochi in the Commercial Projects category. Other architects who received special mentions are: Kiron Cheerla of B House, Sainkpuri and Swapnil Valvatkar of Murali Residence, Bangalore for Residential Projects, Individual Villas; Bijoy Ramachandran of Taaqademy, Bangalore and Amol Arvind Chaphalkar of Narkar Residency for Interior Architecture; Ajay K Jacob for his research on Padmanabhapuram Palace in the Research Studies category; Vinod Gupta and Ujjan Ghosh for their Master plan for IIT, Gandhinagar, Kishore Panikkar and Biju Kuriakose for Airport City, Salalah in the Urban Designing and Master Plan category; Hamid M.M & Hafeef P.K., Girish Dariyav Karnawat, Sanjay Puri for Architecture Unbuilt; Brinda Somaya for her restoration and preservation of Clock Tower & Mumbai University Library Building in the Conservation and Adaptive Reuse category; and Abin Chaudhari, Vinu Daniel, Usha Rangarajan, and Chitra Vishwanath for their institutional projects.
This year saw a record number of 500 entries from across the country, thus becoming the most represented architecture awards in the history of the Indian Institute of Architects, the national professional organisation of architects founded in 1917. The 2 days event saw the attendance of over 1,000 delegates comprising architects & urban planners, from across the country. The winners were declared by a 2-tier jury from 61 shortlisted entries presented live by top notch architects from all over the country.