Riyaz Tayyibji

Riyaz Tayyibji is an architect and partner of the architecture office Anthill Design in Ahmedabad. He was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of CEPT University in Ahmedabad till 2013. He instructed courses in the Fundamentals of Structures and The History and Theory of Architecture and Architectural Design. In 2014, he was appointed project coordinator at the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, constituted by the Indian parliament to study and document the buildings and site inhabited by Mahatma Gandhi during his life and work. This appointment has allowed for further research in the relationship between the ideas of Gandhi and their influence on post-colonial Indian architecture. This relationship underpins an interest in alternative framings of modernity that emerged from the Indian context. He is presently also researching contemporary Indian architecture and the city of Ahmedabad in particular. He has been the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers and Architects for his study on Ahmedabad. In 2012, Riyaz started a wood workshop, Antworks Furniture, which explores the intersection of machine and craft. Riyaz has also been involved in curating exhibitions on contemporary Indian architecture and urbanism, including the traveling exhibition ‘Discovering Ahmedabad: Annals of Reinvention’, which was presented in Spain (2009) and the Spanish Embassy in Delhi (2013).

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