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Ramniwas Sharma

Ramniwas Sharma completed a degree in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, before going on to specialize further at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. In the 27 years since, Sharma has been both a practicing architect, as well as a faculty member at the Department of Architecture at Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.

Having lived and worked in Rajasthan for so many years, Sharma's work is greatly inspired by the traditional architecture of the region. Explaining the history behind his emphasis on vernacular skills and crafts, Sharma says, "I hail from a simple rural background. I was born into a family of carpenters in a village near Delhi. I grew up surrounded by elders who were well versed with tools, techniques, and craftsmanship ... Over the course of the 27 years I have been living in Jaipur, I have observed the widespread use of stone in the region. I started incorporating stone applications in my projects because it offered authenticity and far more potential in terms of accessible skills."

He firmly believes categorizations such as 'high art' and 'architecture' are concepts imported from Western modernism. India, he argues, has historically always straddled the functional and artistic with ease and it is this quality that Sharma brings to his own work as an architect, interior designer and artist.

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