Make Design Matter Lecture, London
October 2018

Jateen Lad has been invited to deliver the second Make Design Matter lecture on 25th October at 7pm at:

White Collar Factory
1 Old Street Yard
London EC1

Panel guests will be Sunand Prasad (Past President of RIBA), Flora Samuel (Author, Why Architects Matter), Bo Tang (London Metropolitan University) and Hanif Kara (Director + Co-Founder and Director, AKT II Structural Engineers).

Make Design Matter is a series recently launched by Article 24, in partnership with the BRE Trust, focusing on the work of creative design professionals at the forefront of progressive and sustainable architecture across the developing world.

Click here to register for tickets.

RIBA Smart Practice Conference, Cambridge
October 2018

Jateen Lad will be speaking about The Social Value of the Architect and sharing strategies which have helped deliver significant outcomes in his work with attendees at the RIBA's Smart Practice Conference.

The session is chaired by Flora Samuel, RIBA Vice President for Research, and the key speaker is Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

2018 RIBA Smart Practice Conference - Making Design Quality Count on 4th October:

Fitzwilliam College Auditorium
University of Cambridge

Invitation to ARTICLE 25, London
June 2018

Article 25, the world's largest architectural charity, invites Jateen Lad to present the design and construction of the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development on 13th June at 6pm. The talk will focus on the project's innovative construction techniques and management methods employed to upgrade the skills of local workers and trade teams.

Article 25
One Canada Square - 34th Floor
Canary Wharf

Indian Architect & Builder
May 2017

Indian Architect & Builder, India's most respected international architectural magazine, features Jateen Lad's Sharanam Centre for Rural Development near Pondicherry on the cover of its May 2017 issue. 

The feature article, entitled A Humble Locale, edited by Meghna Mehta includes a detailed 8-page project review with photographs, drawings, construction details and project data.  

XXI Architecture and Design Magazine
February 2017

XXI Architecture and Design Magazine features Jateen Lad's Sharanam Centre for Rural Development on the cover of its February 2017 issue.

The project review by Deniz Cinar highlights the importance of architecture for a social purpose and includes multiple photographs, project drawings and data. 

Jateen Lad lecture at McGill University, Montreal
November 2016

McGill University invites Jateen Lad to present a lecture on Alternative Practice on 27th October at 12:30pm. 

School of Architecture,
McGill University,
Macdonald-Harrington Building,
815 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Canada.

Lecture at The Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales
October 2016

Jateen Lad is invited to present a lecture entitled Alternative Materials, Alternative Technology + Alternative Practice to the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales on 12 October at 7:30pm.

Centre for Alternative Technology,
Llwyngwern Quarry,
Machynlleth, Wales. 

FuturArc: The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific
September 2016


The special issue of FuturArc: The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific on the theme of Materiality includes a 6-page feature, by Clara Chiang, on the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development. 

Miriel Ko and Jateen Lad in FuturArc
September 2016

Miriel Ko's commentary essay We are all Living in a Material World, in the Sept-Oct 2016 issue of FuturArc: The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific, includes an interview with Jateen Lad discussing sustainability, materiality, the loss of vernacular skills and innovative technologies. 

University of Huddersfield
September 2016

Jateen Lad is invited to the University of Huddersfield on 10th October to speak about the importance of architects engaging with the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability and how this approach informed the practice, design and construction of the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development.  

School of Art, Architecture & Design
Queen Street Studios
University of Huddersfield

Sharanam Centre for Rural Development in the A J
February 2016

The Architects Journal devotes a detailed 8-page building study to the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development - which is described as "an exemplar sustainable development and a force for social change in the area".

Editor Hattie Hartmann's commentary piece links the project to the RIBA's Creation from Catastrophe exhibition and the small number of socially minded architects working with a powerful message. 

Built Expressions
July 2014


Engineer Ajit Sabnis, editor-in-chief of Built Expressions, India's award winning pan-industry magazine, interviews Jateen Lad on the environmental cost of India's breakneck urbanisation and the challenges facing the country's construction industry. 

Invitation to Tata Trust HQ
February 2014

Vijay Poddar, director of SARVAM and the Sri Aurobindo Society, and architect  Jateen Lad were invited to present their social development projects to Ratan Tata at the Tata Trust HQ in Bombay. 

Nigel Osborne's Opera Nachiketan Performed on Site
November 2013 

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The renowned British composer Nigel Osborne performed dress rehearsals of the opera Nachiketan on the Sharanam building site for local communities and construction workers prior to the national tour. 

Royal Society Lecture by Professor Doug King
September 2013

Professor Doug King's Royal Society Lecture in London, entitled Building on Evolution, examined how historic building knowledge can be applied to develop sustainable buildings of the future and featured Jateen Lad's Sharanam and rainwater harvesting projects in Pondicherry. 

Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Jateen Lad was appointed on-site Technical Reviewer for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Detailed on-site reviews were conducted in April and presentations made to the Master Jury in Geneva in June before the award ceremony in Lisbon.

The shortlisted project above is the Preservation of the Mbaru Niang conical house in Wae Rebo village on Flores Island, Indonesia. 

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's report on the State of Play of Sustainable Buildings in India rated the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development as one of the top five sustainable buildings in the country. The report prepared with The Energy Research Institute (TERI) rated design, material properties, construction practices, site management and proposed performance.

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