Visiting Lecture | Sameep Padora: "Is There an Indian Way of Thinking?"

Friday, October 28, 2022, 5 - 7pm

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Maya Somaiya Library. Image: Edmund Sumner.

Maya Somaiya Library. Image: Edmund Sumner. 

This lecture will be conducted in person in room 315F and through Zoom. 

For Zoom attendance, please register in advance here.

Born in Chamba, Northern India, Sameep Padora established his Mumbai based practice in 2007 after graduating from the GSD, Harvard University.

In response to India’s socio-cultural diversity the studio has over the years operated through multiple modes of practice. The studio searches for methods to articulate value beyond addressing just program, materials and skills while looking at context as a repository and not just as a stylistic benchmark.

The practice has in the past received the Wallpaper Design Award for Best Public Building, Beazley Architecture Prize, Wienerberger Brick Award, Archdaily Building of The Year 2019, Wallpaper Design Award for House of the Year, as well as the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture and the AR Library Commendation Awards.

Besides the architectural practice, the studio also runs a not-for-profit sPare that researches issues of urbanization in India with a focus on housing. sPare’s research publications; In the Name of Housing, How to build an Indian House and (de)Coding Mumbai are projects attempting to unravel the production of affordable housing in Indian cities. This work has been published in India and internationally and was also exhibited at the Seoul Biennale in 2019.

Sameep is also one of the co-founders of the Bandra Collective, a group of six architects engaged with the design of public spaces in Mumbai.

The lecture will be introduced and moderated by Vladimir Belogolovsky. 

In-person attendance to the lecture is open to Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff in room 315F. Members of the public may attend through Zoom only.

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