Soumyendu Shankar Ray has applied the design approaches he has taught for three decades to two generations of students, in his practice – adventurous juxtaposing of the conventional and the cutting edge, and the conservative and the avant-garde. His work is striking in the exciting departures within disciplined geometries, and radical reinterpretations of the traditional aesthetic in contemporary materials. As former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha, and now the founding Director of the School of Architecture and Planning, KIIT University he has brought the professional and the academic together at Vastukar, the firm he founded in 1985. Nurtured through the decades when architecture was little-known in the state, Vastukar is now one of the largest and most respected firms in the region for Architecture, Planning and Urban Design. His research interest led to the fruition of ‘Vastukar Foundation’, a research based non-profit organization on sustainable built environment and conservation studies. He is the author of the book ‘Odisha-an architectural odyssey’, a comprehensive timeline perspective of architectural evolution of the region.
Dr. Ray has explored his unique approach to design in diverse projects ranging from residential and commercial to industrial complexes, specialized research and development facilities, resettlement and rehabilitation projects and adaptive reuse. Healthcare facilities and educational campuses have emerged as his speciality, and he has a large number of both to his credit. His work has been featured in academic and professional journals, including Architecture+Design, Indian Architects and Builders and Journal of Indian Institute of Architects, He has served as member of the Editorial Board of the latter, as member of the Board of Management KIIT University, as Chairman of the Odisha Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects, as member of Board of Studies (Andhra University and Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla) and Advisor to the Bhubaneswar Development Authority. He has won several design competitions, served as Jury member in others, and lectured in both national and international fora.
Dr. Ray studied architecture at Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai and at IIT Roorkee. In view of his distinctive body of professional work, the Council of Architecture (India), has honoured him with a professional Ph.D. degree in 2012.