Global design competitions: shaping a sustainable future /construir un futuro sustentable

LafargeHolcim Awards Brinda Somaya is the Principal Architect & Managing Director of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants based in Mumbai, India. She has been involved with the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction since 2014, when she was a member of the Awards jury for Asia Pacific. She became a member of the Board of the Foundation in January 2017. Hashim Sarkis is the Dean of the School of Architecture & Planning at the MIT and the Principal of Hashim Sarkis Studios based in Cambridge, USA, and Beirut, Lebanon. He headed the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Middle-East and Africa in 2011 and was a member of the Global Awards jury in 2018. He was also recently appointed curator of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale and will head the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury in 2021. Both of them share their experience and views on the awards competition. L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui: Why do you feel the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction are important? Brinda Somaya: So many architecture competitions today have pre-qualifications – fame of the entrants, building types, a certain size and/or budget – that eliminate talented young creative people. But the LafargeHolcim Awards do the complete opposite – absolutely everybody can enter. And you don’t even have to present a built project – it can be ideas, it can be thoughts. And I think this is very important for young architects today, because architecture is a very difficult, slow-moving profession, and so for individuals to build up a portfolio of work takes decades and decades. The LafargeHolcim Awards are unique in allowing ideas to come in from very Brinda Somaya es la arquitecta principal y directora de Somaya & Kalappa Consultants de Bombay, la India. Desde el año 2014, ha estado vinculada con la Fundación LafargeHolcim para la Construcción Sustentable. En aquel momento, fue miembro del jurado de los LafargeHolcim Awards de Asia Pacífico. Se incorporó al Directorio de la Fundación como miembro en enero de 2017. Hashim Sarkis es decano de la Escuela de Arquitectura y Planeamiento del MIT y director de Hashim Sarkis Studios, que se encuentra en Cambridge, EE. UU., y en Beirut, Líbano. Presidió el jurado de los LafargeHolcim Awards de Medio Oriente y África en 2011 y fue miembro del jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards en 2018. Recientemente, fue nombrado curador de la Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia de 2020 y presidirá el jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards en 2021. Ambos cuentan su experiencia y opiniones sobre la competencia. Promoting a new set of concerns in the profession Interview with Brinda Somaya and Hashim Sarkis By Andrew Ayers Entrevista con Brinda Somaya y Hashim Sarkis Por Andrew Ayers Promoción de nuevos temas de interés en la profesión 54