The event was organized during the annual 56th NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) 2014 convention.‘Transparence’, a competition for students of architecture and interior design is a unique initiative by Saint-Gobain Glass to integrate the student community, architects and the industry.
The event is supported by Gita Balakrishnan run 'Ethos'.
The competition originally being held for Indian students since 2005 was made open for the SAARC nations to participate since 2013.
Held at the NASA Convention 2014, and judged by an eminent jury comprising Ar. Ranjit Sabikhi from Ranjit Sabikhi Architects; Ar. Shahab Ghani Khan from Pakistan and Ar. Mustapha Khalid Palash from Bangladesh, the competition saw Academy of Architecture, Mumbai emerge as the undisputed winner and walk away with a cash prize of Rs. 75,000.
The national Runner up 1, was from IIT-Kharagpur which bagged a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and SPA Vijayawada stood third nationally with a cash award of Rs. 25000.
COMSATS University, Islamabad won the rest of SAARC countries edition of Transparence.
Saint-Gobain also gave away scholarship worth Rs. 3,00,000 for students in the fields of architecture and 3 students from across India received Rs. 100,000 each worth scholarships to pursue activities in the field of architecture ranging from projects on reusing urban waste to modular shelters for street children.
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