Bhubaneswar, 07/12/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : The 34th national convention of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) “NATCON-2017” kicked off at Hotel Mayfair here on Thursday. The three-day event was inaugurated by eminent architect from Sudan Haider Ali.
The welcome address was given by Chairman, IIA Odisha Chapter Sagarendra Mohapatra. The theme Architectural Footprints- Impact on Cities” was elaborated by NATCON convenor Sugata Mohanty.
The convention was graced by a special message received from Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, which was presented by co-convener of NATCON Raj Kunwar Nayak.
In his address, the chief guest quoted “Architecture is a
responsibility; we as architects have the responsibility to create the society, harmony of the living also to convert our imagination into reality”.
Speaking on the occasion, architect B R Nayak expressed his concern towards protecting and safeguarding the interest of the society. He also focused on more work and responsibility towards the neglected weaker section of the society.
Architect Amogh Gupta expressed his concern over the role of the architects in the smart cities and how the new system of the architecture will impact the future development of the cities.
On the occasion of the centenary years of celebration an MOU was signed between IIA and Society of Nepal Architects (SONA). Nepal Architect Anjumala Pradhan, Vice President SONA was present on this occasion.
A souvenir on the theme of “Architectural Foot Prints – Impact on Cities” was unveiled by the chief guest.
Senior architects K K Sur, K B Mohapatra and Adikanta Biswal were facilitated on this occasion, which was followed by Odissi dance performance choriographed by Ansuman Mishra.
The vote of thanks was given by Vice Chairman, IIA, Odisha Chapter Mousami Nanda.
All the members of IIA Odisha Chapter, academicians and architect Students from different Institutes were present on this occasion.
NATCON is happening in Bhubaneswar after a long gap of 24 years. This year also IIA is celebrating its 101st year of its foundation.