Introduction, note by Anand Bhatt: 18/05 — Masters’ Course in Architectural Education: Aζ and Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University

The re­quire­ment was posited as a re­sponse to a se­ries of ob­served events, even as the arrange­ments, ne­go­ti­ated so painstak­ingly in nine­teen-sev­en­ties were com­ing apart. the Council of Architecture adopted a pol­icy to in­crease the in­take in Undergraduate Courses not only in re­sponse to a de­mand for more seats, but out of a com­mon-sense that sug­gested, no mat­ter what the con­se­quence, an in­crease would in­duce a trans­for­ma­tion sim­i­lar to those ex­pe­ri­enced by other pro­fes­sions that made it pos­si­ble for any cit­i­zen to avail the ser­vices of, say, a lawyer or an ac­coun­tant for the first time in a long time.

So we posited the re­quire­ment with a de­gree of naivety, and a de­gree of cyn­i­cal rea­son­ing as Sloterdijk would let us have it: af­ter all, surely, the in­crease in the quantity’ of stu­dents will stress the available sup­ply’ of teach­ers, and as a con­se­quence, im­pact the quality of ed­u­ca­tion’, no?

Two sam­ple courses were pro­duced at the TVB School of Habitat Studies and CEPT University to il­lus­trate the scope of the course, its am­bi­tion, its struc­tures and di­ver­gences, and here, our pre­sumed innocence’ had placed us in a bind: we had fool­ishly as­sumed Architectural Education — the re­pro­duc­tion of the dis­ci­plines of Architecture — oc­curs in­side the class­room, our cyn­i­cism had led us to think it will hap­pen in­side the regime over­see­ing the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education, and our closed-world as­sump­tion had al­lowed us to as­sume : in the man­ner of en­gi­neers and de­sign-thinkers : that a new kind of a spe­cial­ist, a cer­ti­fied ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tor who may be tasked to solve’ the problem at hand’.

Yet the idea of a Masters’ Course in Architectural Education is com­pelling, when we un­der­stand it as a tool to frame our ideas and di­rect con­ver­sa­tion about teach­ing to­wards pro­duc­tive ends.

Footnotes

  1. With sup­port from Prof. Rajat Ray, Dean Faculty of Architecture, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.