Professional Agency and Architecture in Post Colonial India
A lecture by Dr. Amit Srivastava
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, Australia
At various moments in recent Indian history, state-sponsored efforts to make a mark on country's built landscape have simultaneously contributed to broader understanding of architecture as a discipline (technical, social, artistic etc.) and the agency of architects as professionals in this post colonial context. If the scope and limitations of architect's vocation in India seems unclear today it is partially because of the quandaries of a profession that emerged from its origins in the yoke of colonial service but never entirely forswore a more technocratic mode of practice. This lecture explores the establishment and subsequent development of "Architecture as a profession" in the post colonial context of India and returns to the moment of Independence to question if an alternate conception of the modern Indian architect and her/his role may have emerged.