Kaarwan : Empowering Architecture through Travel | AG 17


Kaarwan - Empowering Architecture through Travel

Kaarwan is an Architectural Travel Initiative started by a pool of graduates from the Architecture & Planning departments of IIT Roorkee in 2014.

They have been curating 10-15 days itineraries and hands-on workshops, domestic and outside India focusing on two schools of thought –

“what we are taught in the classrooms and what we can still learn from people practicing the same in our nation.”

They have collaborated with prominent architects and institutes, traveled with more than 500+ students and professionals from all over the country, conducted 30+ lectures and workshops and illustrated architectural diversity of 3 different countries.

Their vision is to bring change to the way we practice Architecture by empowering and showcasing techniques and skills remote to only the rural areas of India and other nations.

Their travels are a two-way learning program where they not only empower you in your Architectural journey but also the communities you will visit.


People behind Kaarwan

Upcoming Trips

Trip to Bhutan

 17th June to 30th June 2019

What is the meaning of the word "Kaarwan"?

Kaarwan is an Urdu word which means “A bunch of travellers”

Connect with Kaarwan

Do check out their work on 

Episode Takeaways & Extras

  • Best time to start something apart from an ‘Architecture Firm’ is during your Bachelors because that’s the time when everyone is around.
  • Most rigorous Trip and the places they visited – Delhi, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Champaner, Vadodara, Kutch, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, and back to Delhi. I missed out on a couple of names which is from 10:00 onwards in the episode.
  • Nagaland Architect Richard Belho
  • Great Startups have started in College Hostels
  • Chhaya Nepal – An NGO rebuilding Nepal and Kaarwan’s affiliation with them.

Kaarwan Podcast Shownotes

3:30 How Ashutosh & Prerna got into Architecture
4:40 How Kaarwan Began
8:55 The first official trip of Kaarwan – A Megatrip
11:45 Pre-planning the megatrip
13:00 Managing the funding
14:00 The various challenges faced on the first trip
15:10 The goal & vision behind starting Kaarwan
17:50 Students & Architects implementing what they learn from Kaarwan Trips
20:40 Showcasing rural techniques & skills to the masses.
24:00 Kaarwan & Social Media
23:20 Affiliation with various institutes and colleges
21:00 How to register for the Kaarwan trips?
24:30 Some Future Kaarwan Trips to look forward to
28:00 Is Nagaland a dangerous place to travel to?
30:00 Best Personal Trips – The unforgettable trip to Nepal – Ashutosh
33:00 The trip to Spiti Valley – Prerna
43:00 Future Plans for Kaarwan 

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