Snehal Shah combines his architectural practice with teaching, research and other cultural activities that promote architectural knowledge and thinking. Since 1987, Shah has taught design and history at CEPT University, and has made space within the office premises to host lectures and exhibitions on a regular basis. He has published extensively on architectural history and theory and has been invited for juries and lectures by universities in India and abroad.
This is a list of lectures that have been held at the office. They are held to encourage a wider awareness in architecture and related fields and are attended by students as well as architects and others. The office is proud to host such activities which are open to all and in the spirit of enquiry.
Akshara is a venture that was first conceptualized in 1980 by a few students at CEPT University, School of Architecture, with the aim to pursue cultural objectives. Once the students graduated, the organization dissolved. In 1998, Shah decided to revive it and adopted the same name to retain the spirit of what they had begun as students, in order to promote architectural and cultural education. Akshara hosts lectures and exhibitions (they are open to all) and publishes books and catalogues.
Akshara announces two annual grants of 30,000.00 INR each for the study of Indian Temple Architecture of Ancient and Medieval times. The grant has been established to encourage and promote students and young architects to undertake research / documentation of Indian temple architecture with the aim of furthering an understanding of the context from within which the architecture emerged. This grant is open to all Indian students of architecture and architects under the age of 30 years. For enquires regarding the grant and applications please send us an email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org