Studio Mumbai debut in Portugal

For the 2nd conference of second editon of Critical Distance series the Triennale invited Bijoy Jain founder of Studio Mumbai. Considered by Metropolis Magazine as one of the eight most influential contemporary architects in the world scene, Studio Mumbai is a collective of architects and Indian craftsmen residents, led by Bijoy Jain. The central reason of its success is associated to this singularity which is related to a cooperative methodology, which brings together several specializations. Widely prized, such as with the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Institut Français d'Architecture (2008), a Special Mention at the 12th Architecture Biennale (2010) and the Swiss BSI Architectural Award (2012).

Pedro Bandeira is the architect invited to a critical discussion after Bijoy Jain’s presentation.


"The fast-rising sustainable-design expert." David A. Keeps in The Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2014


Bijoy Jain Biography

Founded by Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work directly. This group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where 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 practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources. 

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.
The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and 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), most recently winner of the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture, Paris, France (2014), and the University of Hasselt, Belgium bestowed an honorary doctorate on Bijoy Jain in 2014. He has taught in Copenhagen (2012), fall semester at Yale (2013), spring semester in Mendrisio (2014) and will be teaching the spring semester in Mendrisio in 2015 as well. 


Pedro Bandeira (1970) is lecturer at the School of Architecture of Universidade do Minho (Guimarães).

Pedro Bandeira participated in the Metaflux exhibition, the portuguese pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2004) and represented Portugal at the Architecture Biennale in São Paulo (2005). Author of the book Specific Projects for a Generic Client published by Dafne. He was commissioner of the northern region of Portugal Habitar 2006-2008 as well as seminars, debates. For Open House Porto 2015, Pedro Bandeira is the invited curator.


April 14, 7pm, at CCB Main Auditorium

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