EP 204 . 02 Dec 20

Synthesis of standardization

With Neelkanth Chhaya

In the episode


  1. What according to you is standardization? Where do you see it happening? Do you see it happening in Architecture? Do you see it happening in design at large?
  2. It is said, standardization and process bring scale – How true it is in design? How important is a scale for a developing country like us? Are we trapped in a cycle now?
  3. Does standardization kill diversity, ingenuity? What according to you is the biggest tradeoff of bringing standardization in design as a discipline?
  4. You have been an educator for more than 40 years. The education system is designed to meet the demands of the market. Market demands profit. Profit can be achieved only through scale. Can one scale without standardization?
  5. Do you envision further standardization 50 years from now?

About Neelkanth Chhaya

Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya; An Architect, academician, and thinker, He has researched and worked extensively in the domain of appropriate architecture for India. He has documented places of historic significance and authored numerous critical papers. He retired in 2013 as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, at CEPT, Ahmedabad after a 24-year teaching sojourn at the School.

A quick shout out to Ruturaj Parikh from Matter in Goa for introducing me to these brilliant minds from the world of architecture and education. I also wanna say hi to Ayaz Basrai whom I interviewed in episode number 104 and he recommended documenting Prof. Neelkanth.