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First published in the 1997 monograph, ‘The Sheltering Angle-Architecture of Asha and Prabhakar Baste’, this essay, authored by H Masud Taj, is an introduction to the work of architects Asha Baste and Prabhakar Baste and is being republished on the occasion of their new (2022) book.
Architect B.V. Doshi passed away on January 24, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that would continue to inspire many generations to come.
This article looks at mundane architectural elements from a fresh perspective. In the form of a group of essays, this is a New Year’s wish from the author to our readers.
Authored by H Masud Taj, Thus Spake The Toad, was published in a thematic issue on architectural education of A+D: A Journal of Indian Architecture; Jan/Feb 1998: Vol.XV No.1.
As the potential demolition of the IIM Ahmedabad campus makes its way back into the news, H Masud Taj gives a tribute to his father, Hasan Taj- the designer of the IIM Ahmedabad Logo.
‘The Queen and I’ is the author, H Masud Taj’s, recollection of his (in Canada) and his family’s (in Moradabad) encounters with two Queens of British Monarchy. The architect’s essay journeys from his childhood home in Moradabad, the design he did for Eagle Vacuum Flask in Mumbai, the calligraphic long-poem permanent installation he designed for the Consulate General of Canada in Bengaluru and the induction of his book in the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada.
This article was part of the published book- Icons, a tribute to Independent India’s sixty years and 20 greatest living personalities who set exemplary examples for the nation. The book’s editor Anil Dharker found H. Masud Taj’s essay on Charles Correa and the journey of post-independence architecture “erudite, readable, provocative and comprehensive.
A Tale of a Tree is the author, H. Masud Taj’s experience with the Martyrs’ Memorial competition. Based in Maharashtra, the competition solicited design proposals for memorials to honour villagers who had died fighting the British in India’s War of Independence.
H Masud Taj’s poem and calligraphy, and excerpt from his interview to the Indian Express.