Bijoy Jain is an internationally renowned and award-winning architect. He founded Studio Mumbai, an Indian Architectural Practice in 2005. The studio brilliantly combines tradition and modernity, giving it an edge over others.
After his graduation from Washington University in Saint Louis, USA, he went on to work with Richard Meier before starting his own practice.
Bijoy Jain’s architecture has been described as ethical. He displays empathy and in practical terms, it’s not a technical response, but an emotional one and more of a way of life.
In 2005, ‘Bijoy Jain & Associates’ came to be ‘Studio Mumbai’. It now has a new production model with a small team that includes a carpenter and a stonemason who head both design and construction.
A large number of Studio Mumbai’s projects are houses in India and a number of them have been internationally recognized. The ‘Work-Place’ at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale gave Jain international recognition that reflected the firm’s unique process of learning through making.
In addition, Studio Mumbai also earned worldwide reputation with the installation of ‘Inbetween Architecture’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. These projects drew inspiration from parasitic architecture that unfolds between existing buildings in densely-populated cities like Mumbai.
Bijoy Jain’s work has been showcased at several venues that include the Architectural League of New York, the Alvar Alto Symposium and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Studio Mumbai was also selected to design the 2016 edition of Melbourne’s MPavilion, an annual commission commended as Australia’s response to London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
In 2016, there was an opportunity for MPavilion and Melbourne to work with artisans whose know-how is passed on from one generation to the next.
WHY WAS BIJOY JAIN INVITED TO DESIGN MPAVILION 2016?
The Naomi Milgrom foundation has been thinking of an Indian architect for the MPavilion for a while. When Naomi started reading about the work by Bijoy Jain, she was fascinated that he was working around model collaboration, where he had a lot of craftsmen working with him. Naomi thinks of collaboration as creative connectedness, which is a major part of the Naomi Milgrom foundation’s agenda. They try to bring creative industries together, supporting the exchange of ideas.
The MPavilion is a gathering space for thought and a place to reflect. For the people of Melbourne, it creates a space where they can experience the same. It’s a space where the heart, mind, and body are connected. For Bijoy Jain, it was important to connect the idea of ground, sky, and earth. In his journey to build the MPavilion, he learned everyone is fundamentally connected from the same place.
There’s a lot to be inspired by architects like Bijoy Jain and his renowned projects. He retains great people to nurture their skills and talents. And what’s important is that he secures talent that drives the firm forward.
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