Updated : 17 Dec 2014
SEMINAR on ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION
Turmoil – Opportunities – Future Course
The Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter
Date : Saturday 20th December 2014
Time : 9:00 AM
Venue : PHD Chamber of Commerce, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi
The Seminar is being supported by:
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
IIA Haryana Chapter
IIA Uttar Pradesh & Uttaranchal Chapter and
SPA Alumni Association
Today, the architectural profession in our country is facing a problem of ‘plenty’. Graduates of architecture (approx. 25,000 every year) are flooding the profession. Our numbers are expanding rapidly. In the last five years we have added as many architects as we had in the ninety years since 1919 when the profession was established in India. This total is likely to double in the next five years.
While the nation is poised to invest heavily in infrastructure, offering our profession unprecedented opportunities of growth, there is a widening gap between what architecture students are learning and what they should be learning. This gap between architectural education and expectations of the architectural profession from these graduates needs to be recognized. Architectural practices who absorb them are finding it irksome to have to ‘train’ fresh graduates in even elementary architectural knowledge. Graduates in turn are complaining that they do not learn much at school that is professionally useful. So, with a view to prepare the new professionals of tomorrow, we need to deliberate upon this urgent issue. To fill the gaping void of profession-education partnership, we need to elicit some serious responses in terms of reforms in the architectural education framework.
- The ratio of number of trainees seeking architectural practices in the country where they can be trained is more than four to one.
- Most of the recent graduates without attaining practical knowledge in the field are being absorbed back in the academia as masters or doctoral students, and later as teachers for the mushrooming architectural education industry.
- Many graduates, after their first brush with real-life practice, desert the profession altogether, resulting in colossal national wastage.
REGISTRATION : 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
INAUGURAL SESSION : 9:30 AM
TECHNICAL SESSION-01 (10:15 AM to 11:45 AM) : Architectural Education – Turmoil & Dilemma
- Growing number of qualified architects – Boon or Bane for the Industry?
- Heavy dependence on Google – Is it a threat to innovation?
- Lack of adequately qualified faculty – A cause of concern for the future of the profession
- Audience participation
TECHNICAL SESSION-02 (12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM) : Architectural Education – Challenges & Opportunities
- Changing face of Architectural Practice – An introduction to current opportunities
- Impact of emerging opportunities in Practice on Architectural Education
- Architectural Research – Its role in preparing fresh graduates to compete with international talent
- Audience participation
TECHNICAL SESSION-03 (2:15 PM to 4:00 PM) : Architectural Education – Road Ahead
- Coming together of academicians and professionals for acquiring adequate information and imparting knowledge
- Innovations in Architectural Education to create a better talent pool.
- Contribution of the Profession in Educational Research
- Audience Participation.
Distribution of Certificates of Participation : 4:00 PM
- Prof R K Pandit, Principal, Deptt of Architecture, MITS Gwalior
- Ar Rajnish Wattas, Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture
- Prof Jaimini Mehta, Hon Director, Center for the Study of Urbanism & Architecture, Vadodra, Gujarat
- Prof Sudhir K Jain*, Director IIT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat * Confirmation Awaited
- Ar Neeraj Manchanda, Practicing Architect, Neeraj Manchanda Architects
- Prof Sanghamitra Basu, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture & Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur, India
- Prof Neeraja Lugani Sethi, Dean, University School of Architecture & Planning, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
- Ar Milind Chitale, Practicing Architect
- Ar S K Das, Practicing Architect
- Ar Romi Khosla, Practicing Architect
- Ar Goonmeet Chauhan*, Practicing Architect. * Confirmation Awaited
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