“When you work on some project, then, after a point of time you come to realize that it is a reflection of your inner exploration and outer manifestation. Concepts or the project which came to me is because when you love something from inside those things will be attracted towards you. These will come to you in some way like how it has come to me in the form of Auroville,” said Mona Pingel, a well-known architect who is practising at Auroville, a universal township in the making near Puducherry.

Ar. Mona Pingel was speaking  on “ Inner journey within and without” at a programme organized by Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture to celebrate the International Women’s Day on 10th March 2017. She was felicitated for her work in the field of architecture.

Ar. Mona Pingel an eminent Architect experiments with various building technologies using local materials and craftsmen, and incorporates principles of Building Biology, major guiding principles in her work are  the creation of buildings which are healthy, taking into account factors like Electromagnetic fields, use of natural materials and Earth energies.

She has been actively involved in different planning bodies of Auroville. Currently, she is also part of the five-year Indo-US joint research initiative on Building Energy Efficiency. She is the author of a monograph on Ar.PoppoPingel, which forms a part of the series of monographs on the pioneering architects of Auroville.

International Women’s Day Programme was celebrated in collaboration with UWAN, Alumni Association, COWA and MASA, it started with the felicitation of the Chief guest Ar. Mona Pingel and Ar. Mallika Seth ( SMMCA Alumni). On this occasion Prof. Rupal Deshpande was felicitated for being awarded Ph.D,

Unveiling of ‘Vernacular Settlements in Chanderi : Towards innovation and sustenance’  a book  published jointly by SMMCA,. Nagpur and SPA, Bhopal was done.

Shri Sathya awards was given for excellence in Architecture thesis, prizes were given for logo design competition, Drawing Competitions for School children , best student prize and endowment prizes.

The dignitaries present were  Dr.PannaAkhani Madam, Director and Secretary, Women’s Education Society, Dr Ujwala Ckakradeo, Principal of SMMCA,Dr. Harsha Jharia, President of UWAN. and Ar. Rizwana Raza President of Alumni Association.

Prof. Shobhana Tembhurnikar was the convener of the program