DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
Welcome to the Placement Session at the Department of Architecture, SPA, New Delhi. It is with a sense of pride that I present to you these young architects-to-be. The course, designed as it is to make each student think for herself and bring out hidden talents and develop skills serves to create responsible citizens too. Identifying problems and solving them is the one thing that they learn to do very early in their course- each following first a given process and then gradually developing their own methods of working. It is this aspect that gives them the adaptability that allows them to diversify into any other field of research or study quite easily.
They are all-rounders in a very positive sense. Every studio project requires then to look at each site and programme in its entirety – the site, the design programme the users and so on. Orientation, site conditions, and choice of structure and materials and methods of building have a direct effect on the environmental implication so energy efficiency, structural stability and construction techniques hare some of the technical aspects that need to be learned and understood. On the other hand, studying the possible users, their ways of life and social leanings to be able to give them as useful a space as possible while keeping in mind sustainability, affordability requires the students to delve into sociology and behavioural studies too.
Thus, we have a students trained both in the technical or scientific characteristics of architectural design as well as its humanitarian facets. While design, particularly architectural design makes for the core of the syllabus, the students learn ‘on the job’ as it were to handle and reach a standard in computer graphics too. Indeed their training in art and graphics ensures this standard more than matches a professional one.
Thus by the time our students reach their final year, they are individuals in their own right, thinking young men and women trained to design spaces that are aesthetic, environmentally friendly, energy economic, socially and contextually responsive and above all are citizens that could help make this world of ours a better place to be in with inclusivity, affordability and humaneness as part of their psyche
I wish them all the very best.
Prof. Dr. Ranjana Mital
Head of the Department
Department of Architecture