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V-SPARC, the VIT School of Planning and Architecture strives to be a Centre of Excellence in...

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School of Architecture (V-SPARC)

The B. Arch programme at VIT - Vellore is established for all aspiring students who wish to excel as Architects in the new millennium era. B. Arch is a 5-year Undergraduate Degree program approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. School of Architecture VIT is a live laboratory in itself. The school is housed within Gandhi Block, designed by Ar. Sanjay Mohe, Founding partner of Mindspace, Bengaluru. Recently, the building was certified as a Platinum Rated Green Building by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

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The five-year program at School of Architecture VIT adopts a flexible system wherein the student has opportunities to choose among a wide variety...

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V-SPARC School of Architecture strives to be a centre of excellence in Architectural planning Education and Research focused towards evolving socially sensitive individuals equipped with design and technology process and realization skills to contribute responsibly to the changing needs of the natural and built environment.

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  • Collaborative Articulation Agreement with University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • MoU with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand on International Partnership Programmes.

Architectural Studio is a unique feature in Architectural studies and its memory will remain forever for every Architecture student undergoing B.Arch Programme. As it is evident that a student gets a hands on skill, working through the course, his expertise and skills are developed on the drawing board, where he does the work such as drawings or making models or doing his art works. For all these different types of works, an Architecture...

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V-SPARC School of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Washington, D.C., United States.

Events

VSPARC hosts several events across the year which are of national and international repute. The events primarily focus on various aspects of Art, Design, Culture, Heritage and Architecture. These events pay a platform for students to listen and interact and learn from several renowned professional who are experts in these respective fields. The primary emphasis of these events is to broaden students understanding how each aspect are interrelated.

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ART FESTIVAL - 2022

A vibrant, never-skip event featuring an exhibition with...

15/09/2022

2022 International Webinar Ser

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES 2 2022 BETWEEN VSPARC- VIT,...

19/04/2022

2022 International Webinar Ser

29/03/2022

International Webinar Series 5

International Webinar Series 5

28/12/2021

International Webinar Series 4

INETRNATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES 4 BETWEEN VIT, SASI AND UTM...

20/12/2021

International Webinar Series 3

VIT School of Architecture (V-SPARC) is joining hands with...

23/11/2021

Transcendence

Transcendence
Unlimited The Limits
Tales of...

13/11/2021
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HAT – Exhibition 2022

As part of our Institutional distinctiveness one of the best practices we follow in our school is Societal engagement towards sustainable development.

To achieve this we are trying lately in our school to have a public discourse of architecture students work not only in classrooms but also in hall ways, corridors, studios. We believe the best and novel way to disseminate the ideas and talents of young minds is to organize an exhibition which would be a wonderful and interesting platform to meet and interact with people especially - industry experts. Practitioners, connecting with alumni etc , we strongly believe that it will pour an extra enthusiasm and create an awareness of current work practices in industries towards sustainable development and expose the students to real world experience.

In this HAT 2022 Exhibition we have largely organized our work focusing on 3 architecture themes Heritage, Art and Architecture and Technology.

Students of our school get involved in Heritage connect as part of our community engagement and we also made a conscious attempt to incorporate this event as part of our curricula to amplify the voice on behalf of threatened heritage places in Vellore and traditions. Vellore heritage connect event - started in 2018 and students have been taken to various sites in and around Vellore and few of these sites are documented where today you will be exploring some sample works in this central atrium spaces.

The next theme is ART as we believe Art and Architecture have deeper connection and it an integral part of our program curriculum: Every year we conduct Art Festival which is an annual event organized by our school where it brings together artists from across the country to Vellore to promote the interest in art forms among students, teachers and general public at large we organize workshops which encompass several genres including ceramics, sculpture, print making, water colour, oil painting Glimpses of samples are displayed here.

Final theme focuses on ART AND TECHNOLOGY
Our school is blessed to be within a vast technological resource that has a high standing as an academic institution at the national and global level. Apart from academic works we can come across works where Students participating in National and International competitions which are creative and cognitive production of the design process and the proposals are so unique and thus increases in efficiency and competitiveness among students.
This premier event brings together all students, academicians and practitioners and provides an opportunity for everyone to review and appreciate of our graduate students work in an atmosphere of celebration.

BAMBOO WORKSHOP

Bamboo one of the most versatile materials which finds use in multiple areas of built form. The workshop was organised especially for the second semester students to educate and experience the material. The workshop was held from 03-06 May 2022 at MG Block’s Construction yard. The initial sessions were about understanding the material and its properties. The students made multiple scaled models using bamboo skewers. These models explore various possible built forms in bamboo and two options were selected which would be built in the construction yard. The design and built exercise gave students an opportunity to explore different tools such as power drill, bamboo splitter, sawing to name a few. The workshop was an important learning experience to the students wherein the lessons learnt in classrooms were implemented.

VISITING FACULTY

Visiting Faculty for Studio

Sl. No. Name of Visiting Faculty Contact Details
1 Ar. Prasanna Gopal Transform Design, Krithika Subramaniam& Associates, Chennai
2 Ar. Karthika Kalyan SUNDAR SUNDARAM ARCHITECTS, Coimbatore
3 Ar. Raghuveer Ramesh Studio Context Architects, Chennai
4 Ar. Nirmal Sylvester Urban Design Collaborative (UDC)
5 Ar. Arshad Syed M. Arch Emergent Technologies and Design, NODEStudio, Chennai
6 Ar. Nikhith Ashok, Design Co, Chennai
7 Ar. Tahaer Zoyab Partner/Principal Designer at Triple O Studio, Chennai
8 Ar. Gayathri Kalyan SUNDAR SUNDARAM ARCHITECTS, Coimbatore
9 Ar. Raj Narayanan  

 


Expert Faculty (THESIS)

S. No. Name of Visiting Faculty Contact Details
1 Prof Tony Van Raat Practicing Architect and Academic. Former Head of UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Ar. B. Smitha Senior Manager - Academics & Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore
3 Ar. Shruthi Athreya MSc in 'Integrated Urbanism and sustainable Design University of Stuttgart, Germany
4 Ar. Sarath Kanth Designtech, Chennai
5 Ar. Takbir Fatima Master of Architecture and Urbanism AA, London (DRL)
    Fractals, generative design
    Director, Design Aware, Architecture & Planning
    Hyderabad, Telangana
6 Ar. Kosalraman B.Arch. [NITT], M.Arch.[USA], AIA, USGBC LEED AP, AIIA, LLB
    Managing Director, Infrabees Project Management Consultants Pvt Ltd, Chennai
7 Ar. Sivasubramanian Masters in Urban Development and Design, UNSW, Sydney
    Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
    Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
8 Ar. Tahaer Zoyab MSAUD -Architecture and Urban Design Columbia University, GSAPP
    Partner/Principal Designer at Triple O Studio, Chennai
9 Ar. Raghuveer Ramesh Master of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
    Studio Context Architects, Chennai

 

Hands on Workshop on Natural Building Techniques

VSPARC 3rd semester students were at Thannal's Natural Building Campus, Chengam, Tiruvannamalai as part of their Awareness Building and Hands on Workshop on Natural Building Techniques. The insightful workshop under the guidance of Ar. Biju Bhaskar, who collaborates with traditional masons and artisans to bring back to life the vernacular techniques practiced in different parts of India, delivered them a brief idea about construction techniques without the use of cement, concrete, steel, and paints that are environmentally detrimental and poison to humans too.

ADVISORY BOARD - MEMBERS

  • Ar.Sanjay Mohe Partner, MINDSPACE Architects, Bengaluru.
  • Ar.Murali Murugan Principal Architect, Murali Architects, Chennai.
  • Mr.Raja Singh Director, Kingsway Consultants, Chennai.
  • Ar.Vijaykumar Sengottuvelan Director, C.A.R.E. School of Architecture, Trichy.
  • Ar.N.RamalingamProfessor, C.A.R.E. School of Architecture, Trichy.

BOARD OF STUDIES - MEMBERS

  • Dr. Prabhjot Kaur, Professor, Panjab Technical University
  • Dr. Arun Menon, Professor, IIT Madras
  • Dr. Rama Subramaniam, Professor, DSCA, VTU
  • Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu, Professor & Dean, Anna University
  • Dr. Benny Kuriakose, Practicing Architect
  • Ar. L Venkatesh, Practicing Architect, CRN, Chennai
  • Prof. Vydianathan R, Professor, V-SIGN, VIT
  • Ar. Aditi Ajay, Alumnus, V- SPARC
  • Ar. Piyush Piramal, Alumnus, V- SPARC

FFCS IN ARCHITECTURE

The fully flexible credit system (FFCS) followed in the school is a pioneering attempt in the field of undergraduate architectural education in India and offers students the choice of selecting courses, flexible over the period of their education to suit their specific inclinations thus providing them an opportunity to use their time efficiently within the broad framework of the Council of Architecture, the statutory body governing architectural education in India.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

VIT offers opportunities for students to engage in educational exchange programmes with foreign institutions.

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

V-SPARC conducts value-added programs frequently as a module for extensive training of faculty. The professors are continuously exposed to value additions through training sessions, workshops and expert lectures. In Nov 2016, V-SPARC organised a faculty development programme conducted by TRC-COA and it attracted faculty from colleges across South India. The faculty were trained under varied modules - new trends in the foundation design studio, research methodologies and technical writing.

OUTDOOR VISITS

The faculty team of V-SPARC aggressively focuses on continuous refinement of design understanding and technical comprehension by conducting outdoor visits. The students are made to understand subjects through on-site lectures, visual analysis of buildings and monuments, practical demonstration of building construction techniques etc. Study tours to national and international locations are a compulsory part of the curriculum and these are conducted during vacation periods.

INSTALLATIONS

VSPARC installations are regular features across the campus. Apart from conceptualisation and development of design on paper, ideas are put into a physical form for different occasions such as festivals, part of design jury, symposiums and cultural events. The manifestation of these art forms provides a delightful break from the monotony of an unchanging landscape through their exciting forms and material richness.

EFFECTIVE STUDIO PRACTICES

The design studio which forms the main core of the programme gets continuously refined for its effectiveness through interactive sessions between faculty and students. The deep involvement of Design Chair in the design studios, pragmatic inputs from practising architects, deep research by the faculty and constant outdoor visits for case studies gives a strong platform to students for effective design learning.

 

INNOVATIVE PROJECT COMPONENTS

Most of the core and elective courses are embedded with project components and the briefs for the projects are formulated innovatively in terms of their context and intent to ensure sound learning outcomes. Students are motivated to engage in challenging experiments under the guidance of a mentor who actively engages students in continuous knowledge acquisition through a process of enquiry.

GUEST LECTURES

Professionals and researchers from architecture and allied fields are in regular association with the students and faculty of V-SPARC. The faculty organises guest lectures from eminent speakers in the field of architecture and allied fields every week during extramural hours and as a part of a teaching module in every theory subject. The students are encouraged to interact with them and this creates a forum which discusses new trends and ideas, different zones of architecture, technical information and other contemporary parameters associated with the profession.

CAMPUS AS LABORATORY

V-SPARC utilises the privilege of being a design school located in a campus which engages itself in the continuous development of infrastructure and construction. The students are taken to site to understand first-hand about construction techniques, materials and different parameters involved in the realisation stage of design.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

Vellore Heritage Connect 2018

The city of Vellore is well known for its cultural richness and historical significance and provides a fertile ground for the portrayal of our heritage. Towards creating greater awareness of this inherent value, we at the V-SPARC School of Architecture, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), conducted an outreach programme involving eminent architectural historians and civic public officials and engagement with the public on the subject of awareness of the Heritage of Vellore and its environs. This programme was scheduled for 5th October 2018 to 7th October 2018.

Dr. Madhumathi A

'Professor & Director

School of Architecture & Planning

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
Vellore – 632014, Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone

0416 220 4020 / 4021

Email

director.vsparc@vit.ac.in