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Noida, Jan. 13, 2018: Apeejay Institute of Technology - School of Architecture & Planning (AIT-SAP), Greater Noida, successfully conducted a two-day ‘National Architecture Education Seminar’ on 12th & 13th January 2018, at the auditorium of Apeejay School, Noida. The Seminar covered a wide range of topics concerning rifts, challenges and divergences in ‘Architecture Theory & Praxis’.

Eminent architects from different parts of the country, both from the Academia and Practice, participated in the Seminar. The speakers gave comprehensive presentations and there was purposeful interaction between them and the audience, which comprised AIT’s B. Arch students, alumni & faculty, students from various colleges and other distinguished guests & professionals as well.

In a message for the Seminar, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, Chairman, Apeejay Education Society & President, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group, said, “The country needs architects who are not only visionaries but are also practical and grounded creative thinkers, team-workers, reflective practitioners and life-long learners.” She added, “We need to understand what Architecture education should be like, today and in the future, to train and produce a new generation of architects who are able to assimilate the wisdom of the tried & tested, and merge it with the best of technology, new knowledge & best practices.”

The first technical session started with a spell-binding presentation by the key speaker, Architect Christopher C. Menninger from Pune, a very eminent and respected architect of the country. Architect Vijay Garg, Vice-President of the Council of Architecture shared important statistics of the status of Architectural Education. He gave directions to both the students & faculty as he laid a blueprint for Architectural Education in India in the future. Architect Yatin Pandya from Ahmedabad gave a riveting presentation, unfolded different layers of understanding Architecture and asked students to change their mind set.

Dikshu Kukreja from CPKA, New Delhi – one of Asia's top ten firms, shared his experience and showcased architectural projects of large magnitude, inspiring students to dream big. Architect Charanjit Singh Shah, better known as the ‘Airport King’ for handling multiple airport designs, gave nuggets of wisdom to students on how to bridge the gap between the challenges of ‘Academics’ and ‘Practice’. All other speakers also gave very insightful presentations.

Overall, it was an exciting knowledge sharing learning experience for all.

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Eminent Speakers at the event are

  1. Ar. Vijay Garg,

    Vice President, Council of Architecture, New Delhi.
  2. Ar. Christopher Benninger,

    CCBA-Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, Pune.
  3. Prof. Charanjit Singh Shah,

    Founder, Creative Groups, New Delhi.
  4. Ar. Balbir Verma,

    Former President, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)
  5. Prof. S. M Akhtar,

    Head, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
  6. Ar.Yatin Pandya,

    Founder, Footprint EARTH.
  7. Ar. Gita Balakrishnan,

    Founder, Ethos India.
  8. Ar. Snehanshu Mukherjee,

    Founding partner, Team
  9. Ar. K.T. Ravindran,

    Dean Emeritus, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University
  10. Ar. Dikshu Kukreja,

    C.P. Kukreja and associates
  11. Ar.Suneet Paul,

    Architect, Editor, Architecture + Design.
  12. Ar. Rajeev Garg,