The 2021 RIBA Charles Jencks Award and Auguste Perret Prize-winning architect’s strategy has helped reduce buildings’ environment footprint, housed more and supported local economies

Written by: Shiny Varghese

Last month, architect Anupama Kundoo won two international awards — RIBA Charles Jencks Award and the Auguste Perret Prize — that honour innovation in technology and the architectural theory applied in practice. Kundoo, 54, has been designing projects in Puducherry, Auroville, Chennai, and Pune for over three decades. Born in Pune, studied at Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, she worked in Auroville from 1990, and is currently back in Berlin, where she lives, since 2018. In this email interview, Kundoo speaks about working with one’s hands and DIY designs.

Full Fill Homes (2015): Built in Auroville, this is envisaged as a speedy and affordable housing unit. It can be assembled on site in seven days, including foundation work (Photo: Javier Callejas)

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