On September 21, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 27th Lecture titled “Creating Opportunities for Green Careers” by Mr. Karthik Narayan (Director, EN3 Sustainability Solutions) at their campus in Thumbakkam. Mr. Karthik Narayan, a LEED Accredited Professional, briefed the students about sustainable designing concepts like passive sustainable design, active design, wellness in buildings, life cycle analysis of buildings and LEED rating criteria. He also introduced the LEED Green Associate examination, its importance and the courses offered by EN3 Sustainability Solutions to prepare for the certification. The lecture was presided over by CAAD Director Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar.
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.
The eleventh of the CAAD lecture series had renowned conservation architect Ms. Kalpana from Chennai, who deliberated her experiences and memories on the topic “Tracing the history of Madras through built heritage”. This lecture materialised in a time when we all Chennaites geared up to celebrate the existence of its city as ‘Madras Week’ celebrations from August 16-23.
Mr.Selvakumar presented the challenges at site while implementing the large scale projects and explained the design decisions that were adopted to further the project without compromising the design intent. He deliberated on the advanced technologies deployed in the projects and also the huge quantum of services which make these projects functional.