Podium Panache at ID Symposium 2019

APR 26, 2019 | By Aman Mehta
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT V. Sunil; Kapil Gupta and Ayaz Basrai; James Law; Martin Waller; Bose Krishnamachari, Shalini Passi, Iram Sultan, Sandeep Khosla and Raghavendra Rathore
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT Alejandro Aravena; Chris Precht; Theresa Millard, Theron Carmine de Sousa, Don Gurney and Amit Khanna; Brinda Somaya; Morag Myerscough; Maximiliano Modesti, Pooja Dhingra, Amit Syngle, Pavitra Rajaram and Yoko Shizimu

From Pritzker Prize winners to the hottest prospects of the next generation of architecture and design, ID Symposium at India Design ID 2019 was an exhilarating three days of dialogue. Covering an extensive range of topics, bringing together diverse design sensibilities, and finding unique solutions to the current challenges the industry is faced with, the speakers that graced our podium this year truly made it an indelible experience for everyone present. ID Symposium once again lived up to its reputation of being a one-of-a-kind platform that enables you to interact with design legends and creative influencers.

Here are the highlights of each session


Brinda Somaya, Threads and Continuities: In her enthralling talk, Brinda illustrated (with examples from her own enviable body of work) how the industry has changed over the years. The lines have now blurred; design and architecture transcend all boundaries and seamlessly flow between various mediums.

Chris Prech: Chris’ talk detailed, with examples from his own body of work, how to plan a sustainable built environment for the future. According to him, humanity is at a threshold and must be equipped to deal with a number of crises that the near future holds. He believes that owing their unique skill set, architects and designers will play a pivotal role in this restructuring.

Gauri Khan & Regis Mathieu, moderated by Kamna Malik, Design as Art: This panel explored the boundaries between design and art in a global age. One of the several intriguing aspects explored was – how art infuses spaces and industries far beyond museums and galleries.

Maximiliano Modesti, Pavitra Rajaram, Pooja Dhingra & Yoko Shizimu, moderated by Amit Syngle: This intriguing line-up featured individual dialogues on subjects that they are proficient in; Maximiliano Modesti on the strategy of new luxury brands that celebrates the process and creator, Pavitra Rajaram on a new expression of the wild in Maximalism, Pooja Dhingra on taking the non-conformist route, and Yoko Shimizu on bio-design.


James Law, Cybertecture: James’ talk focused on his firm’s philosophy of intelligently integrating technology in their buildings. From the iPod building to Opod Tube social housing and working on the Hyperloop, he detailed a range of projects.

Morag Myerscough, Embrace the Unknown: The self-titled modern polymath spoke about her strong visual approach, distinct colour palette and how her designs blur the lines, transcend boundaries and have a global appeal. Her work often fits within the context of the concept of ‘belonging.’

Ayaz Basrai & Kapil Gupta, Technology and its Future in Design & Architecture: The duo showed their work in the context of their studio and made a comparative analysis of their practices from a technology perspective.

Bose Krishnamachari, Iram Sultan, Raghavendra Rathore & Sandeep Khosla, moderated by Shalini PassiAnatomy of Emotions: The individual presentations focused on the importance of emotions in good design, both in terms of evoking them and channeling them into the pieces themselves.

Amit Khanna, Don Gurney & Theresa Millard, moderated by Theron Carmine De Sousa, Sustainable Planning & Design: The panel discussion focused on sustainable architecture and design methods, highlighting the importance and tracing its evolution.
Martin Waller, Great Designers of our Time, The ‘Indiana Jones of Design’ illustrated how his creative sensibilities have developed and evolved over time. Citing examples from his tenure of over forty years in the industry, other exceptional designers, and even from his brand, Andrew Martin, he provided a unique perspective on the differentiating factors between ordinary and extraordinary design.
Bikram Mittra, Saket Sethi & Seetu Kholi, moderated by Theron Carmine De SousaDesign: The Journey not the Destination: The discussion explored the evolution of each speaker’s personal design sensibilities and its impact on their work.
Francois Gramoli, Saurabh Gupta & Sonali Rastogi, moderated by Ambrish Arora, Adaptive Reuse: The dialogue focused on adaptive reuse as a concept and how it should be encouraged. It also highlighted how architects and designers can implement the concept of reimagined potential to thoughtfully preserve spaces.
V Sunil, Timeless DesignsDrawing from his Indigo Airlines campaign, or even the recent ‘Make in India,’ the doyen spoke about major landmarks and milestones that have played a crucial role in shaping his creative language for India.
Rupangi Khosla, Tarun Thakral & Vojta Malina, moderated by Rue Kothari, Business Of Design: The panel explored the design thought process versus what is technically feasible and viable as a business strategy, to understand how retail brands strike a balance.
Alejandro AravenaFrom a Chair(less) to the (Built) World: In a typically ingenious move, the maverick thoroughly addressed questions from the audience, using his Pritzker Prize-winning project and more to explain his inimitable design philosophy and resolve the queries posed to him. One anecdote is that of his social housing project, where he gave families in Chile ‘half a good house,’ instead of a finished small house. This way, they could build the other half themselves, giving the family a goal to work towards, and as one father said, the ability to provide something of meaning to his children.
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