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Winners of WADe Asia Awards 2017 for Women in Architecture, Design & ArtBy ZingyHomes Editorial Team
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WADe Asia is the 1st platform for recognizing & celebrating women-led design & development in Architecture, Art and Design in Asia. WADe is about documenting the progression of Women in Design. It is also about a common ground for women in creative pursuits to meet, network, learn and share.Courtesy WADe Asia 2017
Founded by Vertica Dvivedi, WADe Asia 2017 witnessed the integration of six countries, viz. India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand. WADe was supported by the Indian Institute of Architects, Institute of Indian Interior Designers, Bhutan Institute of Architects, Society of Nepalese Architects and Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs.
Attended by more than 700 Architects & Designers & Artists for over 2 days, the annual event concluded with the WADe Awards.Courtesy WADe Asia 2017
Receiving of WADe Asia Life Time Achievement Award by Didi Contractor received standing ovation from audience. The 88 year old lady is known for designing sustainable architecture in the Himalayan region with local materials like clay, bamboo, slate, river stone etc. When her name was announced on stage, Actress turned nutritionist Bhagyashree decided to step down the stage to give Didi the award. That was a memorable & emotional moment at WADe Asia, recalls a delegate. The audience appreciated this lovely gesture by Bhagyashree.Courtesy WADe Asia 2017
Neera Adarkar of Adarkar Associates, Mumbai, was awarded the WADe India Special Contribution Award 2017 for Academics, Research and Social Cause. Well known designer from Bangalore, Neelam Manjunath was awarded WADe India Sustainability Champion 2017. Pratima Joshi received the WADe India Special Contribution Award for Social Cause. She is passionately steering Shelter Associates that works to improve the quality of life of India’s urban poor, by delivering low-cost housing and sanitation solutions in urban slums. Their data driven model is interesting and appreciable.
Winners of WADe India Excellence Award 2017 are Divya Ethirajan, Britta Knobel Gupta, Divya Ethirajan, Siji Rehana, Shilpa Jain Balvally, Sonal Sancheti, Kinny Soni, Shilpa Gore-Shah, Amritha Ballal, Anjali Lovekar, Maitri Buch, and Leena Kumar.Courtesy WADe Asia 2017
Winners of Young WADe India Award 2017 are Aditi Pai, Amruta Daulatabadkar, Chiranjivi Lunkad and Kanika Suri. WADe India Artist Award was presented to Vandana Kothari, Jasmine Kaur, and Pallavi Singh. Rutusha Nagaraj Kapini and Yashashree Ramachandra Purohit were awarded WADe India Student Project Award.Courtesy WADe Asia 2017
With a host of Panel Discussions, Keynotes, Master Class, Book launches, Students Workshop in association with IIA, WADe Asia had apt dose of entertainment as well. Stand-up comedy was performed by Rajneesh Kapoor while singer Hema Sardesai sang to some soulful tunes. Bollywood Actress Bhagyashree was present to give away some of the awards. Overall, WADe Asia proved to a great connecting platform for women in design. There were meetings, sharing, learnings, recognitions and spreading of women-led design & development. It received wonderful response from the design fraternity and the festival was thoroughly enjoyed.
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