Last night I received a call from my kaka that bode sad and tragic news. He was calling to inform me that someone I knew had passed away. That someone was a fellow architect Zhya Jacobs.
In the funny thing called life, Zhya and I were students of undergrad architecture at the same time. He at Academy of Architecture and I at Rizvi College of Architecture. More importantly we were neighbors at Sarita Apartments in Bandra. There were a few times when we exchanged notes, model making and stuff as fellow students of architecture.
After graduating and moving to the US, we stayed in touch sporadically over email, till last year when we met up a few times when he was in NYC. He was transitioning from Graduate School at Harvard to SOM Chicago. Recently we had exchanged a few emails when he moved to Adrian Smith’s office.
The news of his passing away, hits home. He and I were the same age and very similar professional backgrounds. Hope that his family finds the strength to cope with this tragedy.