Architecture + Design

IM Kadri Awarded the Sir Mokshagund­am Visvesvara­ya Trophy


Renowned Mumbai- based architect Iftikhar M Kadri was awarded the Sir Mokshagund­am Visvesvara­ya Trophy for lifetime achievemen­t at the 12th CIDC Vishwakarm­a Awards in a ceremony recently held at the India Habitat

Centre in New Delhi. The awards are organised every year by the Constructi­on

Industry Developmen­t Council ( CIDC), a body set up jointly by the Planning Commission, Government of India, and the Indian constructi­on industry that works as an umbrella organizati­on for the constructi­on industry in India, undertakin­g a wide range of activities for the welfare of society and the nation at large. This was the twenty- fifth anniversar­y of the awards program.

IM Kadri, 93, received a standing ovation at the ceremony. He was honoured for his exemplary body of work and contributi­on to the Indian architectu­re and constructi­on industry. The jury, chaired by

Shri Pradip Bhargava ( IAS ( Retd), Former Addl. Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh), included Shri Divakar Garg ( Former Director General, Central Public Works Department) and Shri K M Singh ( Ex- chairmanan­d Managing Director, NHPC Ltd) among others.

IM Kadri, Partner and Principal Architect, IMK Architects said,“I am extremely grateful to CIDC for honouring me with this award. I am thankful to have had the opportunit­y to do so much work in India and abroad. I wanted to be an architect from a very early age. While studying at Jamia Millia Islamia, I was greatly inspired by the institutio­n’s architectu­re, and was so in awe of the architect Karl Malte von Heinz’s work that I sought an opportunit­y to work with him.

This marked the onset of my career. Right from my early days, I always had a strong affinity towards nature and greenery because I belonged to a family of agricultur­ists. And while I have built over 100 buildings, each with a unique concept, all have a small garden or some sort of connection with nature. I have also always been tremendous­ly influenced by Mughal Architectu­re and Urdu poetry and admire the beauty in their structure and proportion. My advice to young architects would be to create their style, bring out the individual­ity of their work, and give something new to the people and the cities we live in.”

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Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur ( 1972)
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Kowloon Mosque, Hong Kong ( 1984)
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Ar Iftikhar M Kadri

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