In a First, Kerala Architect Awarded IIA Award
S Gopakumar, Founder and Architect of Kochi based Kumar Group Total Designers became the 1st architect from Kerala to be awarded the Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for the year 2020, by The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is the National body of Architects in India. The award was conferred upon Ar S Gopakumar for his outstanding contribution to the profession and Indian Architecture.
“It is a privilege to receive this hour from IIA and to be included in the list of some of the elite names in architecture. This only motivates me to further work towards putting India on the global map of modern architecture and redesign our future,” said Ar. S Gopakumar, Founder and Architect of Kochi based KUMAR GROUP TOTAL DESIGNERS
The award was given to Architect S. Gopakumar on the 12th of July 2020 at the IIA national convention transcend by IIA national president Ar. Divya Kush. This is the most coveted award given to an architect in India by the apex body IIA.
The previous winners of this award are great architects like Padma shri Ar. Achyut Kanvinde, Padma Vibhushan Ar. Charles Correa, Padma Shri Ar. BV Doshi, Padma Shri Ar. Laurie Baker to name a few. It is the first time an architect from Kerala is winning this prestigious award.
Established in 1917, IIA has more than 20,000 architects as members and plays a major role in promoting the profession of architecture in India.