On August 28, 2017, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 26th Lecture titled “Visual Communication: Powering a design narrative” by Ar. Tahaer Zoyab, at their campus in Thumbakkam. The architect discussed his projects of varied scales with students, elaborating on the nature and technique of customized visual representation employed in every project. The lecture was presided over by CAAD Chairman Prof. Dr. V. R Rajendran and 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.
He shared his professional experience with the students of CAAD, motivating further inquiry on the topic of architecture education. Prof. Rajagopalan claried the definition of Architecture, the roles and responsibilities of an architect, the scope of the course and commended Chennai Academy for its initiative to provide quality education and excellent facilities for the students.
The session started with an interaction with the students about their idea of heritage and heritage value and the understanding of tangible and intangible spaces. She also focused on why It is important to understand our own heritage and how this can be extended in the process of architectural design.