Global design competitions: shaping a sustainable future /construire un avenir durable

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 Brinda Somaya est architecte. Elle dirige l’agence Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, à Mumbai, en Inde. Ses liens avec la Fondation LafargeHolcim pour la construction durable remontent à 2014, où elle était déjà membre du jury des Awards pour la région Asie-Pacifique. Elle a rejoint en janvier 2017 le conseil d’administration de la Fondation. Hashim Sarkis est doyen de la faculté d’architecture et d’urbanisme au MIT, et fondateur de l’agence Hashim Sarkis Studios, basée à Cambridge (États-Unis) et Beyrouth (Liban). En 2011, il a été président du jury des LafargeHolcim Awards pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique, et, en 2018, membre du jury des Global Awards. Il vient également d’être nommé commissaire de la Biennale d’architecture de Venise 2020 et présidera le jury des Global LafargeHolcim Awards en 2021. Tous deux partagent avec AA leurs regards et leur sentiment à l’égard de ces Prix. Promoting a new set of concerns in the profession Interview with Brinda Somaya and Hashim Sarkis By Andrew Ayers Entretien avec Brinda Somaya et Hashim Sarkis Par Andrew Ayers Faire émerger des problématiques nouvelles pour la profession 54