Anupama Kundoo Interview: For Whom Are We Building


“If the architect is not social, then it’s not an architect.”

In this short video the renowned Indian architect Anupama Kundoo underlines the close and necessary connection between her profession and the surrounding society. It is people that inhabit what we build, she states. “If you don’t think about human society, then you wouldn’t know where to start.“

Anupama Kundoo was born in Pune, India, in 1967. She graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture, the University of Mumbai in 1989, and received her Ph.D. degree from the TU Berlin in 2008.

Kundoo’s internationally recognized and award-winning architecture practice started in 1990 and demonstrates a strong focus on material research and experimentation towards an architecture with a low environmental impact and is appropriate to the socio-economic context. Kundoo has built extensively in India and has had the experience of working, researching, and teaching in a variety of cultural contexts across the world: TU Berlin, AA School of Architecture London, Parsons New School of Design New York, University of Queensland Brisbane, IUAV Venice and ETSAB Barcelona. She is currently a Professor at UCJC Madrid, where she is Chair of ‘Affordable Habitat.’ In 2013 Kundoo received an honorable mention in the ArcVision International Prize for Women in Architecture for ‘her dedication when approaching the problem of affordability of construction and sustainability in all aspects.’ The same year she participated in La Biennale di Venezia directed by David Chipperfield. For more, see: https://www.anupamakundoo.com/

Anupama Kundoo was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at her apartment in Berlin, Germany, in March 2020.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by Klaus Elmer
Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020
Supported by Dreyers Fond

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