The first WAT Connect series from World Architecture Travel successfully concludes in Cochin


The first WATconnect series from World Architecture Travel was held in Cochin, Kerala from January 31st to February 2nd, 2020. The 3-day event hosted distinguished architects – Ar. Bijoy Ramachandran and Ar. Sunitha Kondur; Directors of Hundred Hands, a multi-disciplinary design Studio in Bangalore, Ar. Quaid; Director of DCOOP Architects, a Mumbai based architecture practice, Ar. Khushru Irani; Director of local ground\ Khushru Irani design studio based in Pune and Photographer Andre J Fanthome based in Delhi. WATconnect X Cochin was curated by Ar. Rajashekharan Menon; Principal architect of RGB Architecture studio Kochi and Ar. Jills Philip; Principal architect of Soumya and Jills architects Kochi, assisted by Ar Amrita Vinod and Ar. Mazin Yahia from WAT.

Cochin has nationally and internationally renowned architects and architecture practices that stand at the forefront of design today and WATconnect x Cochin took through the minds behind the growing architectural developments to share and brainstorm ideas about design, art, and architecture.

Commencing from The Mandalay hall; a concept hotel designed by Ar. Tony Joseph; Director of Stapati Architects, the trail on 31st January covered projects of Ar. Karl Damshen; Swiss architect based in Cochin, renowned for his work on heritage restoration, Ar. Peter Gast; German architect living and practicing in Cochin, Ar. Bhavana Hameed; Director of Playground Studio, Ar. Vinu Daniel; Principal architect of Wall makers and Ar. Jacob George; Director of Metaspace design studio.

The day culminated with a visit to ABC Emporio showroom at Edappally Kochi succeeded by a Dinner and discussions at Holiday Inn Kochi. A bounteous talk by Ar. Mohammed Sali and discussion at his residence at Alappuzha was an impeccable start for the travel on February 1 st through distinct works of architects from Cochin. Projects of Ar. Latha Raman and Jaigopal; Directors of Inspiration, Ar. Krishnan Varma; Director of Meister Varma Architects, Ar. Cyril Paul; director of Ecorhythm Architects, Ar. Roy Antony, Ar. Jills Philip, Ar. Rajasekhara Menon and Ar Jayadev were also part of the visits. WATconnect X Cochin culminated at Kora Residence; Project by RGB Architecture studio by February 2nd evening with an efficacious discussion and critique of the experience.

World architecture Travel, is a gateway platform for exploration and celebration of mastery in the fields of design, art, and culture, conceived by a passionate group of people lead by Ar. Brijesh Shaijal and Ar. Jayakrishnan KB. It is an exclusive gateway devoted to exploration in the fields of architecture, art, and culture celebrating mastery from around the world through guided architectural travel curated by distinguished architects and professionals. Apart from the curated journeys to around 40 locations worldwide, WAT has organized The Master Class Series – a set of workshops and seminars focused on stimulating the dialogue around architecture, art, design, and culture within the fraternity.

WATconnect is designed as an exclusive platform for selected architects and architecture enthusiasts to connect with each other on a national as well as international level. The team includes a selected group from the architect, curator, and student fraternity respectively who will be guided to the architecture practices of the prominent and young architects in order to explore their design methodologies and work strategies as well as visit their design projects to draw a clearer understanding. “WATconnect intends to take participants through the minds behind the growing architectural developments to bond, share work culture and design methodologies and brainstorm,” says Brijesh Shaijal, Founder, World Architecture Travel.