Kohler India Embraces Equity at Pecha Kucha Event 2023
HYDERABAD, India, March 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Kohler India celebrated its 11th year of Pecha Kucha event on 10th March 2023 in Hyderabad, attended by the top names of A&D Community.
The event, titled ‘Embracing Equity‘, focused on the importance of gender equity in the architecture and interior design community. The event featured six prominent speakers from different cities including Kohler’s own Laura Kohler as well as Vasundhara Sampath from Phylosophy Design, Asha Kushalappa from DWP, Vaishali Sharma from FD Design, Shami Goregaoker from GA Design and Rupanna Reddy from NA Architects.
The discussion during the event covered a range of issues that resonate with women in the architecture and interior design community. The topics discussed included the need for an inclusive approach towards design, the history and future of women in architecture, and strategies for creating a more equitable future within the workforce. The speakers shared their experiences and insights on practicing equity-based initiatives in the workplace, while setting aside biases and judgments.
Ms. Laura E. Kohler, Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer of Kohler, said, “Embracing equity is not a poster, not a tagline, not a marketing gimmick. It is REAL WORK – Leveraging the Oz principle, we make change when we See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it. At Kohler, we are also dedicated to designing for equity in our products, spaces, and experiences. As part of our Human Factors lab, we are deepening our understanding of how physical and sensory limitations affect daily tasks such as showering, handwashing, driving and exercising.“
The speakers approached architectural design with focus not just on aesthetics and environmental sustainability but also on social equity, encouraging the audience to co-create communities which is more inclusive and equitable.
Mr. Vishal Chadha Managing Director, K&B South Asia, said, “We are proud to host this Women’s Day Pecha Kucha event to inspire conversations around ’embracing equity’ in architecture and design. The event is a testament to and celebrates the success and vision of women-led architecture and design firms. Kohler is committed to creating equity and inclusion in all our businesses and associations.“
The event was a resounding success, with attendees leaving inspired and empowered to take action towards a more equitable future. Kohler plans to continue its commitment to promoting inclusion in the industry and looks forward to future events and initiatives aimed at advancing these important values.
Kohler India started its first Pecha Kucha in the year 2013 as an initiative to provide a platform to some of the top architects to share their thoughts and experiences on various design-related topics such as Wanderlust – Creativity inspired by Travel, Eves- Even to Uneven, etc. Every year, the event is celebrated across major cities of India to bring together the architect and designer community while indulging in thought-provoking conversations. The style has been inspired by the Japanese Pecha Kucha format of presenting 20 slides in 20 seconds each.
About Kohler India:
Founded in 1873 and headquartered at Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprising of 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabin, and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin and St Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course recently hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup. The company also develop solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for under-served communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.
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