The Kurula Varkey Design Forum, since its inception in 2001, has strived to critically question the discipline of architecture and its manifestations at the given time through student projects as take-off points. The forum invites undergraduate student projects from over 100 architecture schools across Asia, of which 16 to 20 are selected as generators of the discourse. It further invites practitioners, academicians, and young graduates from across the globe to participate in curated discussions exploring pressing subjects and themes vital to the discipline.
This year, the forum aims to discuss the networks within which the profession operates. With a multitude of entities, agencies, and stakeholders affecting and getting affected by the design of the built environment, it becomes pertinent for the profession to look into the '(Inter) Dependencies' that bind them together.
In this context, Tatjana Schneider will give this year's Memorial Keynote Lecture for KVDF '21 on the 26th of July. The Memorial Lecture kicks off the forum, and in the past has been delivered by B.V. Doshi, Vandana Sinh, and Juhani Pallasma. The intention of this lecture is to discuss the current landscape of the profession and academia and its future leanings, and inspire the listeners.