DOI link for Amarjit Kalsi
Amarjit Kalsi book
A product of deep-rooted cultures of movement, his multiply migrant British East African Asian background ensured he was an architect peculiarly in tune with his times – when the steel that features so prominently in his Sikh heritage was a defining building material, and construction to facilitate mass global movement yielded many of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries’ key architectural projects. Amo was born in Kenya in 1957, where both his maternal and paternal grandfathers had migrated as carpenters, working initially for East African Railways and then setting up their own workshops and enterprises. His paternal grandfather later had a joinery shop in the Asian section of Nairobi where Amarjit would hang around as a young boy to help out and play, all the while absorbing craftsman values. Amarjit’s exquisite command of the Rotring pen gave expression to the collaborative team discussion, a co-constructed moment of innovation and inventiveness.