Architect Eugene Pandala
Eugene Pandala, an Architect based in India is known for building with values of environmental sustainability. Eugene Pandala did Masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He had his Fellowship in Heritage Conservation at University of York and at Fort Brockhust (English Heritage Training Centre) in U.K. He was the founding head of the department of Architecture at the Architecture School in Quilon where he spent educating and researching on traditional building technologies of India.
Pandala while studying at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture met the legendary architect Hassan Fathy, and was inspired to build with mud. As a nature lover, and cultural heritage conservation activist, he express his love for nature by designing exciting buildings with natural materials, making some of his work the most interesting organic forms with cultural continuity, so natural to its surroundings.
His unique Architecture style paved way to many awards, and recognition. The Designer of the year Award given by Inside Outside design magazine in 2007 was for eco friendly design. His heritage Conservation project in East Fort Trivandrum was chosen for a commendation award by Inside Outside magazine in 2004. In 1999 for one of his residential building built with mud "Bodhi", Pandala was given, a Commendation award, by J.K. Foundations, Architect of the year award.
Fort Cochin Heritage conservation project, Trivandrum East Fort Conservation projects, is often sited as good examples of Kerala heritage conservation initiatives. This was lead by Eugene Pandala’s conservation team, enabling the State Government to win the PATTA award. green buildings/sustainable building is a field where Pandala has excelled. His Tsunami rehabilitation projects, and buildings for hospitality industries receives wide acclaim due to its interwoven complicity with nature.