Jazz Kalirai

"The influence of the environment has affected my vision and way of doing architecture."

Jazz Kalirai

Jaskran Singh Kalirai is a British architect, son of Punjabi parents, who arrived in Ecuador in 2002.

Jazz received a remarkable academic training at Leeds University, England, and the University of Pennsylvania, United States. During his training, he had the opportunity to be a student of great architects such as Enrique Norten and Daniel Libeskind, with whom he worked on the World Trade Center Memorial project, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York. In the same city, Kalirai worked as a corporate project designer at the international architecture firm KPF.

His interest in sustainable architecture stems from two important experiences during his postgraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania. The first was to personally meet Ian McHarg, landscape architect and inventor of the milhoja method of territorial analysis (forerunner of Geographic Information Systems), whose book Design With Nature (1969) marked his vision of architecture. The second experience was to participate in the summer program in Japan, where he performed in traditional carpentry workshops and discovered new ways of projecting architecture: respectful of man and his natural environment.

"Architecture is an art, like fashion design or sculpture. They taught me that way and I love it. I love to experiment and play, architecture has to be fun."

Awards

  • Edificio Quito Publishing House
    LEED GOLD USGBC // 2015
  • Edificio EBC 
    Premio Quito Ornamento Mención Honorífica // Diciembre 2008
  • Galápagos // 0 Latitude International Competiton
    XV Quito Architecture Biennale, Quito, Ecuador, Noviembre 2006
    2º Premio en la Categoría de Diseño Arquitectónico para prototipo de vivienda sustentable.
  • Premio a la Excelencia en Diseño
    Living Smart Housing Competiton, Oregón, EE. UU., 2004
  • Pan-American Competiton of Built Work
    XIV Quito Biennale, Quito, Ecuador, November 2004
    Mención internacional en la categoría de diseño urbano para la rehabilitación de una plaza histórica.
  • Takiron International Competiton // Casa dentro de la Naturaleza
    Tokio, Japón, 2000 // 3er Premio
  • John Stewardson Memorial Competition
    University Student Design Competition for Philadelphia Historic Archives University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2000
    3er Premio
  • John Stewardson Memorial Competition
    Concurso de Diseño Estudiantil Universitario para Philadelphia Historic Archives AIA National Convention Philadelphia, EE.UU., 2000
  • Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2000
    Premio por su excelente desempeño en teoría arquitectónica.
  • Thouron Scholarship, May 1999
    Masters Degree University Pennsylvania, 1999-2000
  • West Yorkshire Achievement Awards in Architecture, 1998
    Ganador del premio
  • The Presidents Medals Students Awards 1998
    RIBA, England, 1998
    Commendation, Channel 5 Project, Leeds City Center, United Kingdom.
  • Concurso de Dibujo Arquitectónico
    Royal Summer Exhibition, Burlington Square, London, England, 1998 1st Prize
  • Fabricated Evidence, Architectural Design Competition, England, 1997
    2nd Prize Winner with Retreat Housing Project
  • Premios Estudiantiles de Arquitectura y Paisaje en Arquitectura
    The Richard Rogers Partnership, London, England, 1997
  • Premios Bovis AJ
    Destacada labor en Roma, Italia // 1995

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Graduate School of Fine Arts
    Master of Architecture // Distinction
  • Leeds University, United Kingdom
    Department of Architecture
    Bachelor of Architecture // Distinction
    Diploma in Architecture // Distinction
  • University of Tokyo
    Master of Architecture // Distinction

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