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.
The fifteenth of the CAAD lecture series had architect S. Vinoth of Silhouette Architects, Chennai lecture on the topic “Decoding Architecture Critique” on 22thDecember 2015.
The session kick-started by Ar. S. Vinoth critiquing the Basic Design works of the First year students. Individual students presented their works and engaged in a healthy dialogue with the architect. This session was followed by a lecture on the topic “Decoding Architecture Critique” by Ar. S. Vinoth. He emphasized on the importance of Architecture Critique for every design exercise. 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. He also emphasized on the need for the students to gain acquaintance with practicing architects and engage in beneficial discussions with them to bridge the gap between academia and practice.
Based on the session with the students he clarified the myths and queries they had about the architecture critique. He concluded that acceptance of criticism from the jury is the key and that it was an opportunity by way of which students can achieve personal growth.
Our Director, Ar. Vinodh Vijayakumar felicitated the speaker with a memento at the end of the session. The event concluded with vote of thanks by CAAD student representative.