LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Ankon Mitra is an architect by training and an artist by temperament, with a keen interest in the geometry and mathematics of trees, flowers, hills and coastlines.
A Gold-Medallist from the School of Planning and Architecture (S.P.A), New Delhi, India, he is Design Director (Landscape), at Hexagramm Design Pvt. Ltd., working on resorts, farmhouses, hotels and residences of various sizes and imaginations. When he is not thinking about vermi-compost and flower hybrids, he researches Tessellating Geometries, folding processes in nature, and Origami in paper, plastics and metal. He also holds a post-graduate degree in parametric design, bio-mimicry and advance geometries from The Bartlett, University College London.
Since 2011, he has conducted scores of workshops on Geometry and Origami, in India and Singapore, teaching Undergrad and Post-graduate design and architecture students about origami and its multi-faceted implications for spaces, products, apparel, art and industry. He also works with two charities in Delhi, teaching Origami to create livelihood opportunities by creating hand-folded products and packaging.
Through the initiative ‘Oritecture’ he is exploring the linkages and uses of Origami in Design and Architecture. The studio has completed a number of restaurant, retail, facade and spatial projects created with the folded technique in metal (aluminium, steel and brass).
Since 2014, he has been exhibiting as an artist. He has received the All-India Gold Medal for Sculpture for his work ‘Whirlpools and Vortices’ in 2017-18 from the Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation. His work has been shown at the India Art Fair 2018 https://goo.gl/zhyXtN , the Lucca Biennale 2018 in Italy https://goo.gl/djByDy , and the Shanghai Paper Art Biennale in 2019 in China. His sculptures and installations are a part of prestigious collections and hotel spaces throughout Asia.
His first book ‘Questioning Architecture’, co-authored with Gita Balakrishnan, has been received enthusiastically by the architecture fraternity since its launch in September 2014 https://www.acedge.in/courses/BOOK-Archumen . He has spoken at a TEDx event in Delhi in 2015 https://goo.gl/kgcY7h illustrating how the Universe is made and unmade from Folding. He lives and works in New Delhi and has a six year old son, who loves crumpling and folding paper.
WHO I AM
Architect by profession passionate about the folding technique, tessellations, geometries in nature.
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