New Delhi, 11th December 2019: JK Cement, India’s premier cement company will unveil the 28th JK Architect of the Year (AYA) Awards 2019 on 14th December in Delhi. The prestigious award is JK Cement’s annual flagship event, aimed at celebrating excellence and innovation in architecture.
Architect of the Year Award, also known as AYA, is one of the most celebrated properties of JK Cement. This year, AYA has 14 awards under various categories including the elite Great Master’s award & Green Architecture award to promote sustainable development. Also, the Architecture Student of the Year award was introduced 4 years ago to encourage budding student architects, who are selected from 450 architecture colleges across the country. The jury for the award includes experts from Nepal, Bangladesh, Tanzania and India. 15 phenomenal nominations were received from across 10 countries for the Great Master’s Award apart from India that includes – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania & Uganda.
The revolving category this year is Literary Architecture, which encourages and promotes literature on Architecture. 19 entries have been received for this award category.
General VP Malik will grace the award ceremony as the Chief Guest along with Mr. Raghavpat Singhania – Special Executive, JK Cement.
Speaking on the success of the AYA, Mr. Raghavpat Singhania, Special Executive, J.K. Cement Ltd. said, “Over the last two and a half decades that we have hosted the AYA, we believe we’ve managed to successfully create a legacy of felicitating some of the most incredible talent in the field of architecture. The appreciation, acceptance and success that the awards have received from the architect fraternity is very overwhelming. We hope to continue this journey for a long time to come. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the nominees and winners”.
The prestigious AYA Awards is attended by the most celebrated names in the world of architecture and is one of the most anticipated events of the year for leading architects. This year, the jury received over 250 entries from India as well as its neighbouring nations including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania & Uganda.
AYA has gained tremendous popularity both amongst the youth and established architects from across the globe. The awards provide the perfect platform to encourage, acknowledge and honour the meaningful contributions made by the architects.
About Architect of the Year Award (AYA)
The Architect of the Year Award (AYA) was instituted by JK Cement and has a rich legacy of awarding excellence in architecture for over 25 years. Held every year, the scope of AYA was subsequently extended to neighboring countries in the year 1996 to recognize the efforts by architects across the Globe. Association with awarding architects for over two decades has made AYA amongst the most prestigious and credible recognition in the field of architecture today.
About JK Cement Ltd
Born to the 129 year-old multi-disciplinary industrial conglomerate JK Organisation, JK Cement is one of the leading cement manufacturers in the Country. The Company has over four decades of experience in the cement manufacturing with an installed Grey Cement capacity of 15 MTPA. The Company is also one of the largest white cement manufacturers in the world and the leading wall putty brand in the country. Other value added products include brands like JK Cement WallMaxX, JK Cement ShieldMaxX, JK Cement GypsoMaxX, JK Cement TileMaxX and JK PrimaxX. JK White Cement is exported to over 33 countries across the globe.
As a part of its new initiatives, the Company has had Brown field expansions of 3 MTPA. An integrated plant at Mangrol, Rajasthan having a capacity of 1.5 MTPA and another at Jhajjar, Haryana with a split grinding unit producing 1.5 MTPA. The Company’s new Grey Cement manufacturing units in Aligarh (UP) and Balasinor (Gujarat) will further strengthen its growing footprints.
Having established a strong presence in India, the Company made its first international foray with the setting up of a green-field dual process white cement-cum-grey cement plant in the free trade zone at Fujairah, U.A.E to cater to the GCC and African markets.
Some of the country’s abiding strengths are superior products and a strong Brand name, an extensive marketing and distribution network and their technical know-how.