Department of Architecture

As part of the school's charter and mission, Architecture Department of the School is providing a vibrant design culture, ensuring its graduates are not only valued by the architectural practice, but are also able to make critical contribution to the future of the profession. The school has put efforts in the development of open studio culture, in which students at all levels can learn from each other, how innovative ideas are generated and developed as well as developing an in-depth practical knowledge through independent and original research.

The study of architecture and planning is all-encompassing that involves broader and deeper understanding about the people and the physical and cultural contexts of places within which we all live. It requires innovative thinking and rethinking, technical and practical knowhow and encourages in-depth study of the arts, history and the culture, but they also need to understand, in the society, how their role interacts with role of others in order to create good building designs for better and safe environments.

The Course at bachelor's level is integrated within studio-based design projects along with theoretical knowledge, abilities and skills generated by lectures in technical studies, cultural context along with an extensive practical knowledge imparted through site visits and case studies. Design projects, which require development of both manual and computer generated presentation skills, are taught in small groups, enhancing personal attention throughout the course. This work forms the basis of the design portfolio which, eventually, signifies the achievement when applying for postgraduate courses or employment.

Course Structure for B.Arch Programme
In the first year, the students work on basic projects which develop their two and three-dimensional visual perception and improve their graphical understanding, such as drawing, computing and model-making. The students are introduced to the fundamentals of mathematical application, mechanism of structures, building materials and construction and climatology.

In the second and the third years, advanced projects are undertaken in the context of individual design units while working towards common student-centered teaching objectives. The course models in key subjects such as History of Architecture, Theory of Settlements, Structures, Building Technology and Services, that include Water Supply and Sanitation, Electrical and Acoustics to provide a wider understanding of the built environments. Apart from these subjects, Estimation and Costing, Computer Aided Design, Working Drawing and Visual and Written Skills are also introduced.

Even more advanced and critical design projects are undertaken in the first semester of the 4th year. Similarly, more advanced issues are taught in the Building Materials and Construction and Theory of Structures. Similarly training also enhances the student's ability to develop the communication skills. At this level, student are introduced to variety of subjects including Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Project Management and Behavioral Psychology, through which they can get awareness on how they would like to develop their career in a particular area of interest in the coming future.

In the second semester of 4th year, student have to take professional training under a practicing architect registered with the Council of Architecture. During their professional training, students learn about the practical issues; how they should deal with all kinds of possibilities and constraints involved in the architectural practice. They also become familiar with the market resources and client management.

During the 5th year of the course, advancements in the design module is undertaken along with the Advanced Building Technology, Advanced Structures, Ecology and Environment and advanced exercises in Seminar. In this semester, the students have an option to choose some elective subjects of their preference, on which he or she can choose to build their career further.

The last semester of the course is mainly directed towards the development of Design Thesis. Based on the previous knowledge gained through all the inputs from theory and practice, students work on specific issues of their interest and develop a design thesis. Along with the design thesis, subjects such as Professional Practice, Valuation and Arbitration and Seminar are undertaken simultaneously.

Number of seats : 75