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.
On March 3, 2018, CAAD- Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design hosted their 31st CAAD Lecture titled “Role of Expression in Design” by Ar. G. Jyothiram, Architectural Consultant with C.R Narayan Rao Architects. The architect expressed concern about design students’ increasing disconnect with sketching as a medium of quick and reliable communication.
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 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.