JK Cement Ltd. announces winners of the 29th and 30th edition of the Architect of the Year Awards 2021

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New Delhi, 9th December, 2021:  JK Cement Ltd., India’s premier cement company, virtually hosted the 29th and the 30th edition of the Architect of the Year Awards.  

JK Cement instituted the Architect of the Year Awards way back in 1990 aiming at creating a platform to recognise distinguished architects who have made outstanding contributions in the domain of architecture. Today, AYA intends to encourage the significance of Architects in the society, by opening up new opportunities for them to interact with each other on a global scale. Continuing its successful run, this year both 29th and 30th JK AYA received 200 plus entries each from India and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Seychelles.

The prestigious award ceremony was graced by the presence of Hon’ble Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, along with Mr. Raghavpat Singhania, Managing Director JK Cement Ltd. and Mr. Madhavkrishna Singhania, Deputy Managing Director and CEO, JK Cement Ltd.

The winners who were felicitated at the 29th and the 30th edition of Architect of the Year Awards were selected after much deliberation with a jury comprising of industry veterans from across India and countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Seychelles. The jury process was indeed strenuous with intense debates and discussions, as each of the nominated project were truly outstanding.

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The most prestigious category of the Indian Architect of the Year for the 29th JK AYA was bagged by Ar. Verendra Wakhloo, for his Jenga House Project in New Delhi. The Indian Architect of the Year for the 30th JK AYA was bagged by Ar. Siddhartha Talwar, for his Krushi Bhawan Project in Bhubaneswar.

Apart from these, the Green Architecture Award for the 29th JK AYA was won by Ar. Suhasini Ayer for her Humanscapes Habitat Project in Auroville. The Green Architecture Award for the 30th JK AYA was won by Ar. Sonali Rastogi for her Forest Essential Facilities Project in Rishikesh.

Like every year, JK AYA honours talent beyond boundaries with the FCAA (Foreign Countries Architect of Year Award). For the 29th JK AYA, Ar. Muhammad Moniruzzaman from Dhaka was conferred with the Foreign Countries’ Architect of Year Award for his Office Building of Teach for Bangladesh project. For the 30th JK AYA, Ar. Md. Iqbal Habib, Md. Ishtiaque Zahir and Ar. Shahnaz Akhter Parveen from Dhaka were conferred with the Foreign Countries’ Architect of Year Award for their Ekmaattra DBBL Academy project. Further commendation awards in various categories were also handed over. (List Appended)

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This time the JK AYA had two ‘New Revolving Categories’ to recognize the impeccable contribution of the Architect community to the society. The New Revolving Category of 29th JK AYA is: ‘Make it New’ and the New Revolving category of 30th JK AYA is: ‘Industrial Architecture’

Speaking on the success of the awards ceremony, Dr. Raghavpat Singhania Managing Director, JK Cement Ltd. said, “Architects play a pivotal role in helping the government realise the vision of   ‘new India’ and pave the way for the execution of rapid urbanisation. My heartiest congratulations to all the winners who truly deserve the acknowledgement coming their way for raising the bar in architecture. We look forward to greater success in the years to come.”

Congratulating the winners , Mr. Madhav Krishna Singhania, Deputy Managing Director and CEO, JK Cement Ltd. said, “As contributors to nation building, the architect fraternity is going to play a crucial role in the direction of national growth and change. My wholehearted congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to more such successes to celebrate and recognize in the years to come.”

About J.K. Cement Ltd

JK Cement Ltd. is one of India’s leading manufacturers of Grey Cement and the third largest White Cement manufacturer in the World. Over four decades, the Company has partnered India’s multi-sectoral infrastructure needs on the strength of its product excellence, customer orientation and technology leadership. JK Cement’s operations commenced with commercial production at its flagship grey cement unit at Nimbahera, Rajasthan in May 1975.

The Company has an installed Grey Cement capacity of 15 MnTPA as on date, making it one of the top cement manufacturers in the Country. JKCL is the No. 1 manufacturer of Wall Putty in the World and the third largest manufacturer of White Cement, globally, with a total white cement capacity of 1.20 MnTPA and wall putty capacity of 1.2MnTPA. JK White Cement is sold across 43 countries around the globe and the Company has a strong international presence with two subsidies, JK Cement Works Fujairah FZC and JK White Cement (Africa) Ltd.

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COMPLETE WINNER LISTING OF 29TH AND 30TH JK ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

29th JK AYA-WINNERS

  1. Architecture Student of the year: Ar. Mona Vijaykumar Jain, Chennai
  2. Foreign Countries Young Architect Award: Ar. Saida Akter, Dhaka
  3. State Young Architects Award: Ar. Neeraj Kulkarni, GN Heritage, Bengaluru
  4. Indian Young Architects Award: Ar. Pankaj Bhagwatkar, Pune
  5. FCAA Commendation Award: Ar. Ishtiaque Zahir, Ar. Iqbal Habib, Dhaka
  6. Indian Commendation Awards – Private Residence: Ar. Sonal Sancheti, Mumbai
  7. Indian Commendation Awards – Public Building: Ar. Shantanu Poredi & Ar. Manisha Agarwal, Mumbai
  8. Indian Commendation Awards – Group Housing: Ar. Shantanu Poredi & Ar. Manisha Agarwal, Mumbai
  9. Indian Commendation Awards – Make it New: Ar. Vishal Shah, Surat
  10. Foreign Architect of the year: Ar. Muhammad Moniruzzaman, Dhaka
  11. Indian Architect of the year: Ar. Verendra Wakhloo, Delhi
  12. Green Architecture Award: Ar. Suhasini Ayer, Auroville

30th JK AYA-WINNERS

  1. Architecture Student of the year: Ar. Nikhil Maniar, Mumbai
  2. Foreign Countries Young Architect Award: Ar. Rashed Hassan Chowdhury, Dhaka
  3. State Young Architect Award: Ar. Anubha Joshi, Pune
  4. Indian Young Architects Award: Ar. Manasi Puliyappatta, Kerala
  5. State Commendation Awards: Ar. Sanjay Puri, Mumbai
  6. FCAA Commendation Award: Ar. Lutfullahil Majid, Dhaka
  7. Indian Commendation Awards – Private Residence: Ar. Sudheesh S., Trivandrum
  8. Indian Commendation Awards – Public Building: Ar. Uday Andhare & Ar. Mausami Andhare, Ahmedabad
  9. Indian Commendation Awards – Group Housing: Ar. Sanjay Puri, Mumbai
  10. Indian Commendation Awards –Industrial Architecture: Ar. Dinesh Panwar, New Delhi
  11. State Architect of the year: Ar. Arjun Malik, Mumbai
  12. Foreign Architect of the year: Ar. Md. Iqbal Habib, Md. Ishtiaque Zahir, Ar. Shahnaz Akhter Parveen, Dhaka
  13. Indian Architect of the year: Ar. Sidhartha Talwar, New Delhi
  14. Green Architecture Award: Ar. Sonali Rastogi, New Delhi

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