As Dean of School of Architecture & Design, I feel privileged in leading a self-motivated team of accomplished faculty members and ambitious students.
Since its inception in 2013, the School of Architecture & Design has been running the 5-year undergraduate programme of Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) recognized by the Council of Architecture. This is a multi-disciplinary programme for students to approach architectural design holistically while focusing on the environment, socio-political aspects, and urban context. Undergraduate Programmes in Interior Design (Bachelor of Interior Design and B. Sc Hons in Interior Design) launched in 2019. Students at the School of Architecture and Planning are mentored in a positive and nurturing environment to reach their full potential.
students work on live projects and deal with real-life issues on the ground. Some students are involved in research and documentation of urban villages for their steady decline due to the rapid urbanization across Sohna and Gurgaon. During the village research, students analyzed problems such as gender divide, waterlogging, and the environmental threat to Aravallis. They studied natural slopes, water catchment points, settlement patterns, and the social behavior of the population in the urban villages to suggest concrete solutions. Students have addressed gender ratio issues by providing community recreational spaces that are safe and welcoming for women and children.
Students experience collaborative learning in hybrid teams across batches to come up with innovative design solutions. It has proven to uplift learners’ cognitive skills as individual designers as well as creative teams. Students have also participated in national-level competitions and got recognition for their ingenuity in design.
Students get global exposure to enriching their learning with universal designing concepts and strategies. They have traveled to Dubai, Singapore and visited Indian cities with remarkable architecture planning such as Varanasi, Dharamshala, Pondicherry, and Mahabalipuram. During the world-wide lockdown, the students had prepared an e-report on ‘Varanasi: From Ancient Temple City to Smart City.'
Today when the pandemic has decelerated growth in many spheres, our students and faculty members have shown extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm by transcending the limits of time and space. They continued to teach and learn on virtual platforms. Some students have also articulated COVID solutions within their housing designs and received recognition on a national level.
Ms. Hemani Singh