Student architects win prizes in design contest

The event was a part of the National Association of Students of Architecture convention, held at the BVB College at Vidyanagar, Hubli.

Around 4,000 students from over 100 colleges were present at the awards ceremony at which the results of the design competition were announced. Transparence 2010 required the contestants, architects in the making, to design an international convention centre in Navi (New) Mumbai. There was an overwhelming response, with more than 600 entries submitted by students from 100-plus institutions across India, including two IITs – Roorkee and Kharagpur; the Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani; the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; J J College of Architecture, Mumbai and Anna University, Tamil Nadu.

Amid much suspense and excitement, the final results of the competition were announced. The winner of the Transparence 2010 trophy, thereby becoming the national winner, was the two-member team of Soma Mathew and Suri Krishna Siddharth from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, who received a cash prize of Rs 75,000. The national first runner-up was Shruthi G H from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, winning a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and the national second runner-up was a three-member team – Ankan Prasad Mandal, Somraj Sarkar and Kritika Sha – from the Bengal Engineering College, Howrah. Besides the cash prizes, each of the winning teams received a trophy and a certificate.

 Eight teams were shortlisted to compete in the finals, held in Hubli at the end of January 2011. The winning teams in the regional rounds each received a cash prize of Rs 18,000 and a certificate. The jury for Transparence 2010 was made up of an independent panel of three well-known practising architect.

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