Over the last decade, Nashik has seen rapid urban shifts - evident in the sharp rise of religious tourism, educational institutions, new retail and entertainment establishments, industrial growth as well as new forms of working and living in the built environment. Such developments transform cultural and building practices of a place, that ultimately produce a new experience of the city. Our practice shapes and gets shaped in the midst of this transforming urbanization. ‘Notes on 10 years of Practice’ aims to reflect through the architectural and spatial responses of our practice to such changing landscape over the last decade, thereby reframing an understanding of Nashik itself.
'a for architecture’ was founded by Ajay Sonar and Monali Patil in the year 2011 in Nashik. Ajay Sonar was born in a family working in the construction industry over the last three generations. He graduated from the College of Architecture, Nashik, after which he worked in Mumbai for a period of two years before setting up his own practice. He is an Alumni of ‘Glenn Murcutt Masterclass, 2014’ organized by Australian Architecture Foundation in Sydney, Australia. He has also been a visiting faculty in various colleges of Nashik and Mumbai in the last 10 years.
Monali Patil graduated from College of Architecture, Nashik, after which she worked for two years in a landscape firm in Nashik. She did her specialization in ‘Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Nature Conservation’ from Ecological Society of Pune before setting up her practice. She is actively involved in research on Indigenous species and ancient medicinal plants of India.
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