Bijoy Jain: Architecture and Lore

Bijoy Jain: Architecture and Lore

The word ‘lore’ refers to a body of knowledge, especially of a traditional nature, typically passed on by word of mouth. So, how does the concept of lore relate to architecture? Celebrated Indian architect Bijoy Jain talks about how the concept of lore is central to his practice and philosophy. 

The founder of sustainable architecture firm Studio Mumbai, Jain studied and worked in architecture in the United States before returning to India in 1995 to establish his practice. Jain has won many awards for his work, including the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture in Paris (2014), and was commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design this year’s annual MPavilion in Melbourne. 

Jain believes in using local materials, labour and expertise and drawing from traditional skills and and building techniques in all his projects. His philosophy of local collaboration and sensitivity to landscape and environment has influenced his plan for the MPavilion 2016, which will be a ‘symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures.’

In this lecture at the University of Melbourne, Jain explains how local lore can inform beautiful and sustainable architecture. He discusses traditional methods of plastering that rely on the material 'cooperating' with the plasterer; the quality of the light through a marble roof (chosen for its regional convenience and suitability); and the notion that a building's centre acts as its 'belly button', amongst other things.

Presented in partnership with MPavilion, the University of Melbourne and the Australia India Institute.

Who?

Portrait of Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai in 1965 and received his Master of Architecture from Washington University in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.

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