CP Kukreja Foundation for Design Excellence’ has been instrumental in nurturing and promoting design in India. Named after the renowned architect and founder, Mr. C.P. Kukreja, the Foundation provides a platform for aspiring designers, students and amateurs to unleash their creative potential and contribute to the field of design. The Foundation's primary objective is to create a conducive environment for design education, research, and innovation. It operates with the belief that design plays a crucial role in shaping the world around us, and therefore, fostering design excellence is essential for sustainable development and societal progress.

The Foundation organizes various events, workshops, and seminars throughout the year to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration within the design community. These platforms provide students, educators, and professionals with opportunities to interact with industry experts, gain valuable insights, and stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in the field of design. Some of the recent initiatives include the ‘NASA’s CP Kukreja Design Trophy’ that motivated students to find solutions to re-imagine India’s urban spaces while keeping sustainable goals in mind. The trophy received a record-breaking 800+ entries in its first year of commencement, which was judged by more than 22 globally recognized jury members from across the world.


India Art Fair, New Delhi

'The Masterplan', an Exhibition which was commissioned by CP Kukreja Foundation and curated by Vishal K Dar, celebrated 55 years of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the work of Late Master Architect, CP Kukreja. The exhibition captivated its audience with narratives that have been integral to India's architectural evolution. Seamlessly blending art, architecture, and design, it unveiled the history of Modern India through original hand-drawn sketches, architectural models and archival documents.

Jawaharlal Nehru University rose to prominence in the 1970s. The retrospective exhibition guided visitors through various chapters of its evolution, illuminating the intersections between architecture, citizenship, and nationhood. At its heart, the exhibition delved into the beginning of the first South Asian endeavor to forge a truly Indian university archetype. Envisioned as a microcosm within the southern foothills of New Delhi's Aravalli range, the institution symbolized India's aspiration to have correspondence with the world. It unraveled the architectural intricacies of JNU, contextualizing its symbiotic relationship with the surrounding ecology. A standout feature was a sprawling, ten-foot hybrid exhibit, projecting JNU's Masterplan.

Arunima Kukreja, Director at CPKF and the ideator behind the exhibition, remarked, "This marks a milestone as CP Kukreja Foundation for Design Excellence's inaugural exhibition dedicated to Jawaharlal Nehru University. Securing this monumental project through a national competition in 1969, Architect CP Kukreja laid the foundation for Indian Modernism. Spanning over a thousand acres, the university stands as a testament to growth, learning, and innovation, embodied within its spatial and earthly design."

CP Kukreja Design Trophy 2023-24

We are proud to announce the winners of the CP Kukreja Trophy 2023-24.

1. First Prize: Swabhanu B, Suneha Chandrashekar, and Prasuna Chandrika Yeleti from SPA, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University.

2. Second Place: Nandana Menon, S Sruthi, and Vishnu K Saseendra from SCMS School of Architecture.

3. Third Place: Joyron Carvalho and Srushti Joshi from DY Patil School of Architecture, Pune.

The theme of the trophy this year focused on 'Revitalization of History.' Participants were challenged to reimagine India's iconic historical structures, aiming to infuse new life into our cities while preserving their heritage. The jurors, including Jayendra Shah, Bhawna Dandona, Divya Kush, Sapna Srivastava, Prashant Sutaria, and Marius Andreas Ryrko, provided valuable insights and expertise in evaluating the submissions, further enriching the dialogue on architectural innovation and heritage preservation in India.