The Future of Architecture Education


Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter, organised an interactive conference at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Sept 28 and Sept 29, 2012. The focus of this conference was on Ideologies, Methodologies and Future perceptions for evolving a method to deal with the changing market dynamics of the Global Construction Industry. We were fortunate to attend the third session which focussed on ‘The Future of Architectural Practise and Architectural Education In India’. The Conference Base Paper can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Future of Architecture Education - Prof. Manoj Mathur
Prof. Manoj Mathur. Image Courtesy: Ar. Shamit Manchanda

Here, in this post we are sharing the presentation by Prof. Manoj Mathur from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. The presentation stressed upon the current methodologies in teaching, the problem areas and solutions to some of them.  Following are some excerpts from the presentation, which are open for comments from the readers.

Current methods (in Architecture Education) will not get us there.

Architecture has diversified and grown beyond just designing and   planning.  It is no longer a one small part of building industry but exerts its   influence at managerial, execution and monitoring levels. Architects can make better contribution than Engineers and   Managers. 

Teachers themselves have not learned what to teach their   students, never seen a site after college but teaching building  construction. Degree and Council registration only leads horse   up to water, doesn’t make him drink.

Are there new roles that Architects are increasingly being called   upon to play in the mainstream, which they are not being   trained for presently and which would improve substantially   through programmed academic intervention?

Do we need MORE Schools or LARGER Schools or both? How do   we get the Teachers to run these schools?

The original presentation can be viewed below or DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING HERE


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