Studio Mumbai, founded by Bijoy Jain, works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians, and draftsmen who design and build the work directly. This group shares an environment created through an iterative process, where ideas are explored via large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. Projects are developed by careful consideration of place and practice, drawing from traditional skills, local building techniques and materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources. Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India, and received his MArch from Washington University in St Louis in 1990.
He worked in Los Angeles and London from 1989 to 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice. The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition (2010) organized by the Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and has received several awards, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009) finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, Finland (2012), winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012), and, most recently, the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie d’Architecture, Paris (2014). The University of Hasselt, Belgium, bestowed an honorary doctorate on Bijoy Jain in 2014. He has taught in Copenhagen (2012), at Yale University (2013), and in Mendrisio, Switzerland (2014 and 2015).
An Audience with Studio Mumbai Architects
The Architecture Centre, Bristol
Podcast of talk by Bijoy Jain: Friday 30 November 2012
Having brought together a unique group of designers and craftsmen, Bijoy Jain and his team have not only designed for some the best contemporary houses in India, but have also created an entirely new form of architectural practice that relies upon and sustains the legacy of the country’s craft-based traditions.
Listen to this podcast to hear Bijoy discuss the practice’s ethos, vision and ambition for the future.
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Lecture date: 2012-12-03
Work-Place is an environment created from an iterative process, in which ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques and materials, as well as an ingenuity that arises from limited resources. Inspired by real life conditions, these architectural studies allow practitioners to see the complex relationships within projects while also freely responding and adapting through the practice of making.
This lecture will address the need for an architecture that emerges through collective dialogue, imagination, intimacy and modesty.
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai and received his MArch from Washington University in St Louis, USA, in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London from 1989–95, when he then returned to India to found his practice, Studio Mumbai – a human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who directly design and build their work.
Bijoy Jain from Studio Mumbai Architects interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. Produced by the Institute of the 21st Century with support from ForYourArt, The Kayne Foundation, Brenda R. Potter, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros
Recorded March 14, 2011
In this excerpt from his March 2011 Current Work lecture at the League, Bijoy Jain, principal of Studio Mumbai, presents the projects Tara House, Palmyra House, and the House on Pali Hill, all in India.
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice. Jain’s work endeavors to explore “the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialogue, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.” The studio designs through “an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. Here projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.” In this spirit, the studio consists of both architects and skilled craftsmen who design and build each project from start to finish.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.