Bidisha Sinha & Simon Yu
Country: United Kingdom
Bidisha qualified as an architect in New Delhi in 2000, and post qualification worked for a number of years in India, which included the re-development and retro-fitting of a colonial-grade listed boarding school campus. Her growing interest in more complex geometries and their construction methods led her to do a Master of Architecture & Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London, under the guidance of Patrik Schumacher, with a focus in Responsive Environments. She subsequently joined the ZHA team in 2005. She has completed Zaha Hadid’s first building in England, the 2011 Stirling Award winning, the Evelyn Grace Academy, which she was integrally involved in from the start to its recent completion.Bidisha has lectured in architectural schools and practices in India, and has been a guest critic at the AA, London. She has contributed to the publication – 1001 Buildings to be seen before you die, Editor: Mark Irving Quintessence Books (QUARTO), writing articles specific to buildings in the Indian sub-continent. In her own time she continues to experiment and collaborate with artists on the visual representation of real and imaginary spaces, and the effect that has on one’s perception of their environment.
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.