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Benny Kuriakose Article - Vanitha Veedu

July 31, 2015, 6:30:00 PM

Through a series of architectural write-ups, Dr. Benny Kuriakose discusses amusing incidents and experiences from his 30-year career. Dr. Kuriakose thoroughly examines "Traditional Architecture" and the concept of "Vernacular Housing" in this article for the Malayalam-language Vanitha Veedu magazine. The purpose of this article is to give home builders a better understanding of home construction and to make them dreamy.

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Dr. Benny Kuriakose started practising architecture in 1984. He has a MA in ConservationStudies from York University, UK, and a PhD from IIT Chennai. Benny's excellence projects are Banegaon village in the earthquake-affected area of Latur; the rehabilitation of tsunami-affected areas in Nagapattinam; the heritage centre in Muziris; Paliyam Kottaram; Paravur Synagogue; Kottapuram Fort; and the restoration of Gables Bungalow in Coonoor. Benny, who began working with Laurie Baker, has done many buildings, including the homes of many celebrities. He learned a lot from working with Laurie Baker. Baker is not only a good architect but also a great teacher. He paid attention to even the smallest details. He had good knowledge of construction materials. He made many decisions in the workplace as well, recollects Dr. Kuriakose.

He became more fond of traditional architecture while working with Baker. Many such buildings were also visited at that time. He had been to Padmanabhapuram Palace many times. It's amazing how beautiful, simple, and comfortable these all are. By creating these, our old carpenters would never have realised that they had created masterpieces, says BK.