The debut of ‘The Drawing Board’ competition presented by Rohan Builders for budding architects concluded on a winning note for 3 out of 8 finalists in Khandala. The first position was snagged by Aditya Pawar from Nashik (won Rs. 50,000 and an internship with Rohan Builders) followed by Punekars Somvanshi Prasad Chandrakant (won Rs. 35,000 with a certificate) and the team of Tanmay Patil and Raghav (won Rs. 25,000 with a certificate) respectively.
Interestingly, the finalists had trickled down from 350+ entries from various architecture colleges across India. The challenge was to present architectural ideas for Tambat Ali, which is an old area in Pune and is mostly inhabited by copper artisans. Notably, four weeks were given to the contestants after the brief to complete the presentation. Also, as a motivational boost to the final contenders, a voucher was given to the team of Akash Singhvi, Shubham Rathi and Kaushal Tatiya for their construction idea which got the maximum likes on Facebook and named it as the social media star.
The result was deliberated by eminent architects like Sanjay Mohe, founder of Mindspace and Pushkar Kanvinde, the principal of BKPS College of Architecture, Pune. And, the contestants were judged on the freshness of the idea, keeping it as the top priority; along with connectivity of the past with future of the place, sensitivity towards the artisans and dying art of coppersmithing and functionality.
With the success of its first year, Rohan Builders are looking forward to the second season of the contest, next year to promote the upcoming talented architects.