I, Shubhayan am a graduate architect from the Dept. of Architecture, Town & Regional Planning, IIEST Shibpur. Currently working as an architect and a freelance architectural correspondent in Kolkata, I am passionate about visiting places and exploring the local rituals, cultures, traditions, and people. I believe that buildings evolve hand in hand over time with its users; perspectives and cultures take the physical shape of architecture. My passion for living my dreams is what drives me forward, keeps me going. For me, architecture happens over a hot cup of chai at the roadside stall in the rural countryside; it happens as I stroll along the vineyards of Nasik, as the sun sets, leaving a silhouette of the Mehrangarh in my mind. Words are the best means to design for me; every statement is an idea designed, something as strong as a building that won’t fade. Each day, I wake up, wanting to see the world- and the more I see places, the more I learn, be it architecture, lifestyles or life.

I was recently awarded the A3F Architectural Journalism Award 201 by the A3F Foundation in Chandigarh in November 2017 for my constant efforts to promote the field of design journalism in India.

My experiences and accolades in this regard include:
  • A3F Architectural Journalism Award, A3 Foundation, Chandigarh, November 2017
  • Co-founder & Executive Editor, Sthapatya (www.sthapatyakala.in)
  • Architectural Correspondent, ArchitectureLive (August ’17-present)
  • Editor & Blog Manager, INKUISITIVE (October ’17-present)
  • Architectural Journalism Trophy, Zone 4 Zonal NASA, NIT Rourkela, 2015
  • Convenor & Editor in chief, Indian Arch ’16
  • Writing Architecture Trophy 2017, Annual NASA Convention, Poornima University, Jaipur
  • IIA WB Chapter Student Editor (November ’16-May ’17)
  • Miscellaneous publications in IIA and college publications.

Being someone with deep respect for the Indian Armed Forces, I have always been awe-inspired by their selfless service and sacrifice. I have for long felt deeply about the Siachen Conflict, and decided to take it up as my undergraduate thesis project. Being someone who has always supported peace and prosperity over the likes of war, bullets, and bloodshed, I chose to design a Siachen High Altitude Research Facility as a means to stop the ceasefire situation atop the Siachen Glacier. The concept implemented is to replace the military presence atop the Glacier with a scientific one. Having successfully completed my thesis with a good performance and a lot of appreciation, I am now currently working on the next phase where I am constantly trying to introduce this cause to the general public and raise a general consensus about this cause.  This project was handed over to his Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranav Mukherjee during his visit to his campus on the 19th of May, 2017 by Dr. Ajoy Kr. Roy, Director, IIEST Shibpur.

Apart from my regular roles as an architect, I am also involved as an architectural correspondent with Architecturelive as well as INKUISITIVE, conduct workshops, and architectural trips. In the near future, I want to pursue journalism as a full-time profession.

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