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where students can test their understanding and skills in shaping the way communities live and thrive while preserving local heritage.

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where students can test their understanding and skills in shaping the way communities live and thrive while preserving local heritage.


It was conceptualised by Mindspace Architects and Rohan Builders, to provide architecture

Design Challenge

The Pandharpur Wari, a 21 day one way sojourn that takes place in the months of June and July(ashada), from Alandi and Dehu to Pandharpur undertaken to meet Lord Vithoba is a heritage treasure especially for Maharashtra, encompassing the spiritual ,spatial and social elevation of humankind sustained by Wari as an instrument of change since the last 700 years. This march on foot from various locations in Maharashtra to Vithoba temple, Pandharpur, attracts over a million pilgrims.

This year’s design challenge is therefore, much more than an architecture contest. Immerse yourself in the study of Wari and discover the higher calling that pilgrims submit to each year.

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Ar. Neelkanth Chhaya
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Ar. Peter Stutchbury,

Ar. Rupali Gupte,

After having practiced in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1975-82, Neelkanth Chhaya moved base from Africa to India. He started Mandala Design Services in Vadodara, with partners Kallol Joshi and Sohan Neelkanth. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT, Ahmedabad after a 24-year teaching sojourn at the School.

An Australian architect, well known for his innovative approach to sustainability and design and works across educational, industrial and residential projects. His architectural expression has been described as "lyrical technologist". In 2015, Stutchbury was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

Rupali Gupte is an architect, urbanist and artist based in Mumbai and also an Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA). Much of her work involves extensive research on contemporary Indian urbanism with a focus on architecture and the built environment; tactical practices; housing; and urban form. In 2003, she co-founded an urban research network, Collective Research Initiatives Trust (crit.org.in). In 2013, she co-founded the School of Environment and Architecture (sea.edu.in). She is also a partner at BARD studio.


Each moment of glory is always heartening to experience. Let's not be modest here - our winners deserved the media attention. Here are a few of the many mentions the winners, first runner ups and second runner up teams from architecture colleges across India have received in media.