On July 7, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design a standalone college of architecture located in Thumbakkam, Chennai hosted the Silver Jubilee Lecture titled “Architecture and Society” by Architect. Pramod Balakrishnan, at their campus in Thumbakkam. The architect addressed the students about the connections between humans, built environment and nature. Architect. Rajarathinam, Former Chairman of Indian Institute of Architects (Tamil Nadu Chapter), Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar, Director of CAAD – Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design, prominent architects, faculty, students and architectural aspirants have participated in the lecture.
On December 20th, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 30th lecture titled “Architecture Education and Practice in Bangkok” by Prof. Dr. Wirat Lertpaitoonpan, Vice-President of Sripatum University, Bangok & Prof. Dr. Wasinghon Chanon, Head of Department of Interior Design, Bangkok.
His presentation deliberated on the best practices used and various concerns on site like rainwater harvesting, solar paneling, use of salvaged materials, efficient irrigation patterns, types of trees, percolation of water, etc. were discussed in particular. He discussed the various green concepts that were employed that resulted in the building being awarded the greenest factory in the country under industrial design.
He deliberated on the difference between subjectivity and objectivity and thereby ascertained the importance of understanding the design briefs for every given exercise. The need for a sensitive approach to design keeping in mind the context was also probed. He explained the need for understanding the design vocabulary for effectively communicating design ideas.