UrbanArch, founded in 2015 is a collaborative of young professionals who are passionate about the architecture and urban heritage of our country. The foundation focuses on identification and documentation of built and unbuilt heritage, awareness campaigns through workshops and field trips and protection of the tangibles and intangibles that shape the unique fabric of Indian cities through workable design solutions.
Over the years, the foundation has conducted various research and documentation activities. Various workshops have been conducted on topics like documentation of built heritage, urban mapping through innovative techniques, travel studio to Pondicherry, Sketching workshops, Space and Emotion workshop, Identification and management of unseen heritage. Design initiation workshop.
As part of the research activities, traditional housing spaces and clusters of cities like Jodhpur, Pondicherry, Udaipur, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Udvada, Gokarna Pragpur-Garli, Almora , Kuttch, Manali, Udupi, Manglore, have been documented by the foundation with the help of students as well as professionals. The foundation also serves as a platform for various artists, workshop and seminar tutors as well. Various Architects have associated with us over the years for workshops like, Bamboo construction, Vernacular construction methods of Kutchh, Deployable structure, Paper mesh, Book binding, GIS mapping techniques, Portfolio making, Paper origami, Theatre workshop, Film Making workshop, Photography workshop, Urban Design workshop, Pin-hole photography workshop, Joy of Abstract art workshop, parametric design workshop and 3D printing workshop.
The foundation also generate revenues to support the financial needs of Architecture students who belong to an economically weaker section. Study in Architecture is one of the most expensive around the globe. The foundation has been supporting students of various college in state of Gujarat(at present ) through various grants like, Material grant, Study tour grant, partial academic fees payment, Total academic fee grants.