The recently concluded WADe Asia 2018 at the Hotel Pullman New Delhi ended with brimming smiles, delighted faces, new associations, refreshed relations, massive networking among the veterans and the newbies, and an elevated stature for the feminism in architecture, art, and design.
WADe Asia is Asia’s 1st platform for celebrating Women-led Development in Architecture, Art & Design! WADe is about documenting the progression of Women in Design. It is also about a common ground for women in creative pursuits to meet, network, learn and share.
The event was overwhelmingly received by the 1100+ fraternity and was graciously graced by the crème de la crème. Not only from India but the prodigies from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia, London, and Dubai also graced the occasion.
It were two days of star-studded exuberance including but not limited to the legendary architect Raj Rewal, Namita Singh, Alfaz Miller, Revathi Kamath, Nela D’Zoysa, Sonali Rastogi, Brinda Miller, Sunita Kohli, Yatin Patel, Prem Nath, Sonali Bhagwati, Dorji Yangki, Yashwant Pitkar, Yatin Pandya, Manish Kumat, Vivek Gupta, and more. Personalised mentorship and keynotes from the architecture and design influencers from India and across the Indian sub-continent gave the event a new meaning in itself.
One of the key intentions of the event was to highlight and establish the eternal spirit of womanhood in all walks of art, built spaces and design which boldly reflected through different happenings at WADe.
Highlighting the key points of WADe Awards 2018, Madhurima Chowdhury, Associate Director, WADe Asia, said, “Live Jury meetings in WADe Asia were intense! There were some incredible engaging sessions to decide the final winners. My salute to WADe Jury and I congratulate all the winners of WADe Excellence, YoungWADe, Best use of Colour and WADe Artists. Namita Singh who received WADe India Lifetime Achievement Award has dedicated her life to Architecture. Yasmeen Lari who is recipient of WADe Asia Life Time Achievement Award is Pakistan’s 1st Women Architect. Revathi Kamath, known as a pioneer in Mud Architecture is WADe Sustainability Champion 2018, Sonali Rastogi is the WADe Role Model of the year while the latest categories, WADe Woman Engineer of the year and Young WADe Sustainability Enthusiast were received by Annie Sinha Roy and Bandana Jain respectively.”
Power-talks from the who’s who in arts, architecture and design, panel discussions with eminent guests and delegates, talk shows with the mentors, genuinely edifying one-o-ones, master-class from the design maestros, the multiple award categories, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gel and network with the authorities, relevant and an enthusiastic troop were just a handful of highlights.
Neha Barua, Associate Director, WADe Asia, thanked the speakers of WADe Asia and said, “During WADe Asia event, one person came up to me and said, more than in design & architecture colleges, students and even seasoned professionals can learn more from attending WADe event. This was the best review we received about the sessions. All thanks to the speakers of WADe Masterclass, Women Leaders in Design education, Women in Photography, Messages from Architect parents to their daughters, City & heritage, Future of Design, Business Intelligence in Design and more, including the special keynotes by Raj Rewal sir, Revathi Kamath and Namita Singh.”
There were thrilling and WOW moments when the women in photography, story-telling, and ghatam artists enjoyed the purest attention of the audience.
The theme for workshops in WADe Asia was to support in designing spaces for all, highlighting the needs of the specially abled.
Vertica Dvivedi, Founder, WADe Asia, shared her opinion, intent and vision about WADe Asia. She said “Engage, edify, and empower. That is the mantra which is driving WADe since its inception. I strongly encourage the women to take extreme pride in their endeavours and to be be vocal about their accomplishments, to be open to inspire and understand that the responsibilities of our next generation is upon us. I also urge the females of the fraternity to get engaged with WADe on a more personal level adding momentum to the WADe movement.”
An enthusiastic participation from the sponsors – Orient Bell Ltd and CIAMBIZ India (Associate Sponsors), Ultratech Cement (Built Space Partner), and Co-Associates like Greenply, Wipro, AICA, Sesa, Wallgreens, Alstone, Virgo, Airolam, Supersurfaces, AIS Glasxperts, and Godrej Interio among other supporters gave WADe Asia all the support and strength.
Zee Business is the television partner accompanied by Feministaa, ADA Pakistan, Archiparlour Australia, and SPACES Nepal as media partners. WADe Asia which happened in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry was also the important launching ground for PHD Women Entrepreneurs Committee on 1st September 2018. Led by the President Anil Khaitan, PHD announced Tripti Singal Somani as the Chairperson while Vertica Dvivedi and Priyanka Raina as Co-Chairpersons.
The event was also advocated and supported by the Indian Institute of Architects, Society of Nepalese Architects, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs [India], and Bhutan Institute Of Architects.
WADe Asia is believed to have positively impacted and connected 4000+ design professionals so far with direct involvement/ association and has permeated to millions throughout nation in terms of inspiration, crossing borders and dissolving boundaries.
The participants from across the nation got their fair share of wisdom, the curious creators received their accolades, the students were satiated by seeing and interacting with their role models, the fraternity came closer, and the feminism was reinforced – mission accomplished.