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On 24 June, 2014, we had a very good beginning to the CAF Intern –  Mentorship Programme at “Spaces”, 1 Elliots Beach Roadnear Besant Nagar beach.  The first event of the first module – “Self and Society” was a closed event  with interns and their respective mentors from the firms participating,  invited architects  and educationists who were part of the event. The six firms that are part of this pilot programme include EdificeMOADKSMArchitectureRED, Threshold ArchitectsVarsha and Pradeep Architects

At 4:30 pm, the programme kicked off with Pramod Balakrishnan introducing the programme to all present and the six Architectural firms (Edifice, ArchitectureRED, MOAD, Threshold, Varsha Pradeep and KSM) that have volunteered to work with CAF to run this experimental student Internship programme.  After this brief introduction we had talks by three young freshly graduated architects, Ranjith Kumar, Sree Lekha and Nishanthi,  who spoke about their internships a couple of years ago and shared their experiences with all of us.

This was followed by a general discussion and breaking of ice, the students gradually warming up to the programme and coming out with their views, thoughts and fears associated with practical training in architectural offices.  Srivatsan expressed his views in this regard and spoke about a well rounded approach the students should look for in training.  The architects representing the six firms shared some thoughts and stressed on a free, open and less inhibited approach to their internship.  Mahesh Radhakrishnan suggested that the students should get to know each other and that they should maintain a log for the programme and also open a blog so that they could communicate and interact with each other better.

This was followed by a Talk by V Geetha, who was the Resource guru for Module 1 – “Self and Society”.   Geetha is a writer, translator and publisher and is currently the Editorial Director, Tara Books,  Chennai and has been active in the women’s movement and in civil rights issues for over 25 years now.  Her interests include gender, education, caste and theatre all of which were evident in her Talk that opened our minds to the way we look at and understand spaces.  Starting in a conversational mode, Geetha drew the attention of the  participants to how one makes a place out of space.  She explained that such acts faced limits and boundaries that often needed to be negotiated.  The wrap-up point was about the various hierarchies in private and public spaces and the struggle to dismantle them.  An interesting conversation followed with questions and comments comparing modern and traditional spaces and the lack of gender consideration in our spatial imagination.

Very clearly, this evening, all of us had had a special insight into our roles as architects in the society that we are a part of – thanks to Geetha!  A special thanks are also due to Sadanand Menon for allowing CAF to use “Spaces” for this programme.

Srivatsan wrapped up the session by 7:30 with a reminder that we would meet again for Module 2 at the office of ArchitectureRED on July 2, 2014.

Cheers All!


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Architecture Tour – 2

Large Houses

Calling all architecture enthusiasts and students of the city.

Chennai Architecture Foundation (CAF- andThe Hindu is organising a contemporary architecture tour covering three large residences. This is a follow up to the ‘small houses’ tour conducted earlier to showcase the best in Chennai’s Architecture.

Houses showcased for this tour will be Pramods at Neelankarai, Casa Roja at Akkarai and Seascapes at Vadanammeli near the crocodile bank. The bus tour will commence at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 3, and end by 1 p.m. At each site, architects – who have designed the houses – or their representatives will take the group around and explain the project. On a first-come-first-serve basis, a group of 40 persons can be accommodated. Of the 40, 15 seats are reserved for students. A fee of Rs. 500 per person towards transportation cost will be charged.

Registration will begin at 9.30 a.m., Kasturba Nagar MRTS station opposite Madhya Kailash. Book your seat at and send an email to with your name, contact number, address and booking id.

 (This event is sold out)

Click here for link in The Hindu 


CAn – Chennai Architecture now

CAn – Chennai Architecture Now* is the first exhibition of its kind in the city on contemporary Architecture. It is to celebrate the continuity to Indo- saracenic institutions and colonial bungalows which are still the popular faces of Architecture in Chennai. The Exhibition will showcase selected projects built in the last decade and highlight their contributions to the city’s built environment.

The exhibition will highlight these projects over a week and will be accompanied by various events.  Through lectures and debates, the value of good design, the public consequence of architecture and the need to have a quality built environment would be shared with various publics.

* to be announced

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