Second Runner Up
Student Project of the Year
AVANTIKA AGARWAL, Noida
Avantika got inspired to become an architect so that she could create buildings which help solve the problems which exist today. During her school days, she was inspired by art and history of a place which drove her into architecture because not only could she express her artistic self, she could also get inspired by a place’s history and transform it into a modern design. One thing she absolutely adores about architecture is its ability to continuously surprise you, and teach you just by observing simple things. Architecture for her is about designing spaces which not only give access to everyone, but allows them to use it and appreciate it to its full potential.
Do you think architecture has the power to build better communities? How?
I believe architecture can create opportunities for people to meet and interact with each other by creating spaces where people can discover themselves and things to do together. Something as simple as a green area or a common terrace can be a great place for societies to bond and come closer. In a world where human interaction is decreasing day by day, this can be very important and help build much better communities.
How has interactions with artists, architects and designers in WADE developed your perspective towards art and architecture?
I think it is an amazing platform where women can come together, get inspired and become empowered in the fields of art, design, and architecture. WADE had several prominent architects and designers who are bringing as much creativity as possible into their designs and products. It not only inspired me to be even more creative where possible, but it also made me realise that there are an immeasurable amount of resources available at WADE who are willing to help young as well as senior architects.
As a WADE Woman & WADE Winner, how would you contribute towards the objectives?
I believe outreach through social media, school and university conferences as well as public speaking is one of the best ways to inspire the current generation. I would start by having an Instagram page about Women in Architecture which can inspire many young girls to become architects.
“WADE ASIA had such vivid energy that just being there made me proud of belonging to such an excellent community. Seeing the achievements of other women gave me the confidence that I could achieve beyond even my wildest dreams.”
Note: This article was originally published on Surfaces Reporter December 2019 Issue.