A mes­sage from Prem Chandavarkar: 18/05 — Masters’ Course in Architectural Education: Aζ and Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University

This is a sorely needed dis­cus­sion as one of the steps nec­es­sary to build a crit­i­cal cul­ture in the ar­chi­tec­tural pro­fes­sion in India. This re­quires ac­tion on three fronts:

(1) A reg­u­la­tory regime de­signed to pro­voke ex­cel­lence and cri­tique as op­posed to the cur­rent minimum stan­dards’ ap­proach that pushes for con­for­mance to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor.

(2) A cur­ricu­lum de­signed to pro­duce per­sonal mas­tery and pro­voke crit­i­cal at­ti­tudes, and es­chew blind ad­her­ence to pre­vail­ing fash­ion or mere vo­ca­tion­al­ism (and this dis­cus­sion on a mas­ters course in ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion is cru­cial here).

(3) An in­fra­struc­ture for crit­i­cism, in­clud­ing crit­i­cal jour­nal­ism, dis­cus­sions, ex­hi­bi­tions, lec­tures, etc.

All of this is tied to the reg­u­la­tory regime on li­cens­ing, for a le­gal pro­tec­tion of the ti­tle and ser­vices of the ar­chi­tect with­out a crit­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the value an ar­chi­tect can of­fer will only lead to bu­reau­cratic pro­tec­tion­ism that breeds a cul­ture of medi­oc­rity.

Footnotes

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