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.
On March 24, 2018, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 32nd Monthly Public Lecture on “The Fractured World and the Need for a New Thinking”and 18th CAAD Workshop titled “Resilient Refuge” by Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Ph.D., an eminent international architect, research scholar and educationist.
The lecture introduced students- our future architects and global citizens- to their responsibility towards building sustainably, preserving ecology, accommodating and customizing their design ethics to changing environmental scenarios and the application of creating “Art for a purpose”. To employ this concept, the workshop involved creating urban follies which also serve as refuges during Chennai’s floods- allowing for resilient design for communities. 90 CAAD students participated in the workshop, deriving aesthetical inspiration from the works of artist Wassily Kandinsky and created sketches, models, live-scale installations and video-documentation of the same in the CAAD campus.
The events were presided over by CAAD Chairman Prof. DR. V.R. Rajendran and CAAD Director Prof. Vinodh Vijayakumar.