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Rani Ratnavati School and Womens' Center

CompanyDiana Kellogg Architects
Lead DesignersDiana Kellogg
Design TeamBarbara Kuziemski, Arya Nair, Oliver Bradley,
Project LocationJaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

Constructed with local sandstone, the Girls’ School and Womens Center will address the need to educate girls and empower women from the neighboring villages in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The oval forms were employed to reflect universal symbols of female strength. The structure replicates the undulating planes of the sand dunes and also serves as a metaphor for the rippling effect that education can have on improvised areas. The intention is also to incorporate the traditional building methods in a modern design with the hope that the techniques will gain recognition and continue to flourish.