Young Architects & Urban Planners Programme
Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme was launched as part of the third edition of Bonjour India.
New Delhi, 11 April 2018
The Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme is a new training programme for young Indian architects and urban planners in France. Launched on 1st February, it enabled five young architects and urban planners from the alumni network of the best Indian schools in the field to undergo theoretical and professional training for six months in French firms such as AREP, Enia architectes, Florence Mercier Paysagiste, Goutal, and RDAI.
A useful weeklong immersion
The first week of the programme focused on numerous meetings and field visits: AFEX, City of Paris, SEMAPA (the local public firm for surveys, project management and development of the city of Paris), IAU - Île-de-France (the Île-de-France region Institute of Planning and Urban Development), Paris Habitat, RATP, CEREMA, Eco-Cité and Urba Lyon. This initial acculturation step was intended to immerse the interns in the French context and enable them to learn about the process, methodology, and French culture of planning. During these few days they were able to acquire an overview of and meet the actors in charge of defining and implementing the development strategies of various districts on urban planning, architecture, social housing, and urban transport.
Already more than 2 months in firms
Thereafter, the young architects and urban planners joined the teams of firms with various profiles and specialties. For more than two months now, they have been involved in projects at different stages and scales, from the detail of a building (heritage protection and conservation), its structure (architectural design) to its integration in an urban setting or a landscape. This immersion is enabling them to learn about the French methodology, both from a technical and a conceptual point of view.
Besides this successful professional integration, all the interns testify to a very rewarding personal experience in Paris, "a city of dreams".
At the end of the programme, an evaluation session will be organized in two stages, first in Paris and then in Delhi, with the partners, who are already preparing for the second batch, whose selection process is due to commence this summer.