Savyasaachi is an anthropologist, Professor & Head of Department of Sociology in Jamia Millia Islamia.
The Architecture Collegium has been functioning since January 2009. It started as an informal discussion forum for practitioners and teachers of architecture and allied disciplines, to share our professional concerns and exchange notes on relevant ideas.
The most useful by product of the Collegium has been the genesis of the Museum of Architecture. This initiative has gathered momentum over the last one year and is now almost at the stage of being launched as a public institution in partnership with the Council of Architecture, Indian Institute of Architects, and INTACH.
Over the years the need for opening the forum to other disciplines was expressed. Our concerns about the state of the profession and its relevance to societal needs is a fertile ground for discourse. To address this growing concern we have now taken the step of transforming the Collegium into a monthly public forum at the India Habitat Centre. It is now in the form of a series of talks followed by discussion and called "Architecture and Society Series". It is hoped that we can interact fruitfully with the general public to share concerns and collectively imagine a more convivial and civilised future.
The second talk in the series is on Thursday 13th August at 7 pm.