In recent years Architecture is undergoing tremendous change with the rapid urbanization, changing technologies, new materials, environmental issues and many other aspects. The government of India has been particularly supportive of innovation and change relating to urbanization, smart cities, affordable housing for all and environmental improvement. This demands innovation in Architecture and Planning and also pedagogy of Architectural Education.
It is argued that no other profession has undergone as dramatic as transformation in the past two decades as Architecture. Contemporary societies are witnessing dramatic transformations resulting in economic, environmental, and social and cultural changes. This means that the role of the 21st century Architect has become ever more demanding, likewise the attributes required of graduates entering the profession. Similarly, architectural education in India has its unique richness in terms of the nature of degrees awarded as well as issues related to its contextual particularities, evolution, and identity. India has a long tradition of excellence in architectural education that go back to more than 75 years. The various Architecture Schools are set in different cities of differing character and each offers particular specializations within a broad-based curriculum. Indira School of Architecture and Design (ICAD) provides a lens independent of the demands of the profession and the potential to advance the field in extraordinary ways with appropriate pedagogy focusing on seven human capabilities along with linguistic, mathematical, kinetic, natural, artistic, musical and inter-personal intelligences. However, while professional practice in architecture is in continuous and dynamic process of change the pace of change in education is slow and less dynamic. In the midst of this context we at Indira College of Architecture and Design (ICAD) are focusing on comprehensive and with time teaching learning process of future architects. The skills, knowledge, and attitudes developed within this process are those that young graduates take to the global level competition and profession.
Welcome to this creative and noble profession of Architecture!
Ar. Swapnil Sheth