Youngest prof to represent CEPT at Oxford University

Good Morning friends, Monday back. Begaing of new working week with so many schedula and social appoitments. That’s part of life and I love to be busy this way. I was reading times of india and I read this news which I love. Youngest Professor Jay Thakkar is going to represent CEPT at Oxford University.


Houses always have a story to tell and Jay Thakkar, 28, has mastered the art to listen to the master pieces. Thakkar, a faculty of the School of Interior Designing, CEPT University, has specialized with traditional architecture and this very interest has given him the opportunity to be the youngest professor to represent the institute at the Oxford Brookes University.


Jay is all set to be a part of the conference Interrogating Traditions at Oxford Brookes University, UK on December 15. Faculty with the School of Interior Designing, Jay is a CEPT University alumnus, batch 2000, when he completed his diploma in Interior Design. Jay completed his masters from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), UK in 2004. He is one of the youngest professors from the institute to represent it at Oxford University.


Author of two books, Naqsh and Matra, traditional architecture and vernacular built forms are of great interest to Jay. “The traditional architecture is extremely scientific and very specific to the area needs. Very often, with the bombardment of modern architecture, we are letting go of this traditional forms and adopting forms which are not correct for our living style, climate, atmosphere and much more,” says Thakkar.


The paper that Thakkar is going to present at the 20th anniversary conference of International Association for the study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) which is organised by University of California, Berkley, USA and Oxford Brookes University, UK from December 12 to 16.


The paper is based on the research that he and his students undertook as a part of a live project where they visited the interior villages of Himachal Pradesh for research work which has now taken the form of Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh.


“The two groups of students who worked on this project have visited the remote areas of the state to study the architecture style of houses, granaries and temples. The students have then worked on designs once they were back, studying the designs in the context of the living style, climate, land quality and much more. They have even contributed a great deal to the book, Matra, through sketches, pictures and inspired designs,” said Thakkar.


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