Ambassador welcomes first batch of Young Architects & Urban Planners Programme

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today received the first batch of the Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme, launched as part of the ongoing third edition of Bonjour India.

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Aarti, Ananta, Aditya, Shramana and Surya with Ambassador Ziegler

New Delhi, 1 February 2018

Building on the positive institutional exchanges between India and France over the past few years, the Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme offers dedicated training to the private sector in the field of architecture and urban planning. This programme will enable five young architects and urban planners from the alumni network of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) of Delhi and CEPT University in Ahmedabad, to undergo theoretical and professional training in renowned French architecture firms, familiarising them with best practices in France.

The training, scheduled from February 5th to July 31st, 2018, comprises:

  • A weeklong institutional initiation upon the batch’s arrival in France;
  • A five-month professional integration in five agencies with different specialisations in Paris: ENIA Architects, AREP, RDAI, Agence Goutal and Florence Mercier Paysagiste; and
  • A mid-term weeklong academic workshop organized with students of ENSAPB (National School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville).

The selected candidates are Ms Aarti Chanodia, Mr Adityia Vipparti, Ms Ananta Ganjoo, Ms Shramana Mondal and Mr Surya Srinivas Boddu.

Commending the programme, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “The Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme is an excellent illustration of the kind of initiatives we aspire to spearhead with our Indian partners, as it encourages academic and professional economic ties between our two countries in the long run. Reflecting the youth focus of Bonjour India, it will not only be a boost to the Indian government’s Skill India scheme, but will also help build a dynamic network of professionals sharing common architectural standards and practices that could usefully contribute to sustainable urban planning under the Smart Cities Mission.”

About Bonjour India

The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states & union territories. Bonjour India provides a platform for enduring partnerships across the themes of Smart Citizen, High Mobility, Go Green.

Bonjour India is unprecedented given the ambitious scale of its partnership with India. People at the forefront of their fields will share their inspiring journeys as they change society through their innovation and creativity. At events collaboratively organised across cities and disciplines, amid performances, debates, seminars and exhibitions, all audiences will find something that captures their imagination.

With Bonjour India 2017-18, India and France will come together to create, innovate and partner towards a progressive and sustainable future.

Bonjour India aims far, Bonjour India supports fair, Bonjour India is fun!

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Making this larger-than-life platform come true, are our valued partner companies. Bonjour India thanks:

  • Diamond Partners: Dassault Aviation, Reliance
  • Gold Partners: Accor, Air India, Engie, Krishnakriti, Renault, Société Générale
  • Silver Partners: Air France, Ariane Space, Axa, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, BNP Paribas, Faurecia, Laurent Perrier, Mane, Naval Group, NRB Bearings Limited, Pernod Ricard, Phoenix Mall, Saint Gobain, Thales,Vicat (Bharathi Cement)
  • Event Partners: Schneider Electric, Sonalika Group, Suez, ApeejaySurrendra Group, L’Oreal, Champagne Besserat de Bellefon, Grover, L’Opera, Oberoi Group
  • Communication Partners:Foxity, JC Decaux
  • Indian Institutional Partner: Indian Council for Cultural Relations

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