Archana Gupta

September 2014
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Archana Gupta

The collegium meeting on the 5th of September 2014 was led by Archana Gupta, who recently wrote an open letter regarding institutional teaching of architecture. She is an academician as well as a successful practicing architect.

 To quote a paragraph from her letter:

"As individuals we have our sense of identity – any good institute also requires itself to have one - to be able to take a stand regarding what is it we see as the future of our profession & what kind of architects are we interested in giving our community - I see no such stand by most architectural institutes in India and  if I am wrong and these institutes have clear agendas regarding what they consider important in architecture then it is even more disturbing. "

She ended with a question, "what are we going to do about it?".

The meeting was attended by professionals from various age groups - from a fresh graduate to eminent academicians - and resulted in an interesting dialogue between the people who run the educational system and those who are at the receiving end of the same.