Assistant Professor and Chairman, Department of Architecture
Message From the Head
At a new era when the national and international media regularly canvass issues pertaining to sustainability concerning the nature and habitability of our cities, and iconic buildings which veer between sculptural extravagance and environmental responsibility, there is a strong need for imaginative and committed designers and thinkers in architecture discipline. From the lofty achievements of virtuosos to the everyday life aesthetics in communities worldwide, the art and architecture are the most powerful symbol of human heritage, authentic mirror of cultural diversity and primary bellwether of future. A practical and critical knowledge is an indispensable foundation for enlightened citizenship in increasingly challenging and complex world. Having such a vision of producing creative and committed architects to combat the growing local and global gainsays, the Department of Architecture, Primeasia University is operating.
We have started our journey since inception in Spring 2009. The Department of Architecture is committed to providing students with experience and framework that approximates our time-tested cultural tradition, while simultaneously exploring the cutting edge condition of modern time to create intellectual ground for the artefacts the learners will be making in their course work.
We always believe in the synergy of theoretical and practical knowledge to establish intellectual underpinnings to support the technical foundations of the architectural profession. It is in the academic arena where such underpinnings must be most rigorously promulgated, and the true test of theoretical architectural ideas occurs when these ideas are able to be realised in built form.
Architecture is fundamentally a three-dimensional discipline, and in teaching students to conceptualize three-dimensional design using two-dimensional tools of expression, we conscientiously analyze how each particular student envisions form and space. We also encourage students to challenge architecture to move beyond traditional three-dimensional conceptualisation of form, deriving the essence of architectural design from intimate sensitivity to the human condition, issues of identity, behaviour, perceptions and experiences distinctive to a context.
We believe that teaching should simultaneously encourage the production of highly innovative works of professional calibre from students, promote students’ future careers through community exposure, and promote the institution and its scholarly work within the wider community. In this regard, we critically challenge students to identify themselves as representatives of ‘the new generation of designers’ through design research.
Most importantly, we use research to introduce students to diverse means by which the boundaries of architectural design can be actively challenged to lead toward innovative design response. We aim to teach our students to actively reflect upon social changes and to consider how the creative processes respond to such change. Through our pedagogy, faculty research and creative practice, we engage our students in local and global issues to help them understand the human, ecological, material and technological consequences of design. We encourage students to understand the importance of addressing contemporary social conditions as a means of discovering new avenues of expression, as well as a means of appropriately addressing the needs of contemporary society.
It is an honor to be the Chair, primarily because of the creative and entrepreneurial nature of our students, and the outstanding initiatives of our academic staff.
As the Chair, I always encourage prospective students to contact me for more, if any further to be elucidated about us.