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CITATION-  SONALI RASTOGI & MANIT RASTOGI

The SIA-Getz Architecture Prize is awarded to an Architect who has contributed to emerging architecture in Asia. This year it’s a joint award to Sonali & Manit Rastogi (Morphogenesis) who have consistently developed an architecture language which is contextual, climatically sensitive and high in social content. Their works are very much rooted into the culture, climatic, social and economic conditions of India. They are true to themselves and stand steadfast against the force and trend by not following the glitzy skin and forms pervasive in the architectural scene. The jury is very impressed with the quality they had achieved despite the immense constraints faced in India. It is refreshing to witness a genuine attempt by the architects to reinterpret India’s modern architecture roots and employing passive environmental solutions that reflect the architects’ aspirations in achieving a contemporary language. Such language of architecture is not based on simplistic borrowing of international language but is instead founded on an intimate understanding of the context and culture of the projects. The jury appreciates the often challenging constraints of practice in India and the architect has the onerous task of being creative and cost-conscious. In addition, quality of workmanship and construction capabilities often handicap great creations. Sonali & Manit were able to execute their works that demonstrate a consistent application of their philosophy and deliver inspiring results. Sonali and Manit Rastogi’s works put India’s architecture on the world stage. The jury felt that their works will be an inspiration to not only young Indian Architects but also other Asian Architects.