It was proposed that the Architecture Collegium will hold meetings, on a monthly basis, to discuss and dialogue on various aspects of architecture in its theoretical constructs. Design professionals can present papers, critiques or introduce ideas on which discussions can be generated. The Architecture Collegium is a voluntary and self-engaging forum.
“There has been a growing concern among some of us that the profession of architecture has been marginalised in recent times. This is especially surprising since the country has been going through a period of heightened activity in the infrastructure sector.We feel that architects have not been able to project themselves as useful and essential partners in the development of infrastructure in this country. This is a result of a lack understanding within the profession of its significance in the building sector, possibly encouraged by the lack of intellectual rigour in professional practice.
Norms of architectural practice have been institutionalised through the Indian Institute of Architects and the Council of Architecture. In recent times both these organizations have become moribund and are promoting mediocrity and dubious practices. We cannot see at present an institutional framework that can re-examine professional norms and practices to direct architectural endeavour towards achieving excellence.
In an effort to address this situation, initially by promoting an intellectual discourse about these issues,we met as a discussion group twice in the last three months. The first meeting was seen as a convivial gathering in the nature of an ‘Architecture Club’. Noting a level of seriousness in the discussion, the second meeting was convened to modify the forum towards initiating an ‘Architecture Collegium’ which could examine ways of raising intellectual awareness within the profession at first and eventually spread
this awareness to society at large.”
Experts working with citizens for civic improvement in Malviya Nagar.
Aapki Sadak is a community based first / last mile connectivity project in the Malviya Nagar area. The project has successfully gathered support from both local stakeholders and government agencies including UTTIPEC and SDMC and is poised for implementation.
Exploring The Vernacular- Through The Medium Of Architecture
Savyasaachi is an anthropologist, Professor & Head of Department of Sociology in Jamia Millia Islamia.
Architecture and Society : Better Tools for Urban Planning
This is a talk by Priyanka Jain, founding partner of 3x3 Design. It is a part of series Architecture and Society.
Wonder, Wisdom and Mastery in Architecture
Discussions on architecture within professional circles always focus on the architect as a personality. As a result, architects are schooled to believe that the significance of the architecture they create is a product of their intentions as architects.
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:
Vivan Sundaram is a painter/artist who works in many different media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installationinstallation and video artvideo art, and his work is politically conscious and highly intertextual in nature.
The talk explores possible links between body-food-craft-design and identity
A Labyrinth - of intuitions & ideas
In 'the labyrinth', Narendra Dengle
The Architecture of Object and the Object of Architecture
The talk was an attempt at pedagogic framework for the education of architects