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In The Name of Housing 

Date & Time: Monday 31st October 2022 | 6.30 PM EST

Venue: Gund 112 (Stubbins) | Open to all | In-person event

The talk will focus on the almost decade long housing research conducted by Sameep Padora’s housing design practice on the history, evolution and design of housing types in the city of Mumbai. The research looks to decode and link the emergence of housing types to the development of the city as well as to anticipate its future trajectories.


About the speaker

Born in Chamba, Northern India, Sameep Padora established his Mumbai based practice in 2007 after graduating from the GSD, Harvard University. In response to India’s socio-cultural diversity the studio has over the years operated through multiple modes of practice. The studio searches for methods to articulate value beyond addressing just program, materials and skills while looking at context as a repository and not just as a stylistic benchmark.

The practice has in the past received the Wallpaper Design Award for Best Public Building, Beazley Architecture Prize, Wienerberger Brick Award, Archdaily Building of The Year 2019, Wallpaper Design Award for House of the Year, as well as the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture and the AR Library Commendation Awards. Besides the architectural practice, the studio also runs a not-for-profit sPare that researches issues of urbanization in India with a focus on housing.

sPare’s research publications; In the Name of Housing, How to build an Indian House and (de)Coding Mumbai are projects attempting to unravel the production of affordable housing in Indian cities. This work has been published in India and internationally and was also exhibited at the Seoul Biennale in 2019. Sameep is also one of the co-founders of the Bandra Collective, a group of six architects engaged with the design of public spaces in Mumbai.