HOD Desk

Architecture students should look for education opportunities that embrace the architectural world of the future as architecture’s role in shaping the future trajectory is more significant than its objectified role of producing building prototypes. To prepare architectural academics for these future aspirations we need to reconfigure learning patterns that focus on the lessons of the past into those that are also capable of preparing for the future.

Digital technologies with its significant applications have been a catalyst in changing the way we live and aspire to. Advancement in digital technologies has brought about a contemporary condition of constant and accelerating change in our ways of living. Architecture has also been greatly influenced by the integration of digital tools in architectural designing and representation. An emerging generation of architects and designers are beginning to explore many new available technologies for their impact on design, communications, and construction processes. Going beyond the exploration of electronically generated alternative realities, architects and other design consultants are developing new digital design and construction processes that have the ability to integrally embed responsive mechanism to alter building behavior making it more akin to life like systems that respond to parameters in real time.

Digital Architectural practice and thinking encourages unorthodox thinking about career paths, business models and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Digital architecture or simply put architecture design facilitated by digital tools does present itself as a viable option that stands to shape our future. In recent years schools of architecture around the world have been inspired by a desire to harness increasingly sophisticated digital technologies for the teaching of architectural design and construction. It expects fluency in computational methodologies from future designers, including abilities to use performance criteria to guide form, employ computation in fabrication and use sophisticated data management that informs design.

To prepare for the future trajectories design learning at BNCA is in a phase of unmolding itself from its conventional learning model. In order to cope with new challenges and demonstrate architecture’s ability to contribute to new kinds of places, the architecture discipline is trying to extend beyond the boundaries of its institutional knowledge. The Digital Department at BNCA is fostering creative research explorations from its platform by facilitating a research cell as well as a comprehensive two years Masters programme in Digital Architecture. At the core of this course are the notions, methods and skills of digital architectural design, understood not as a stylistic option or as a novel paradigm, but as a catalyst for creativity, experimentation, critical thinking and a learning platform for creative communities.

With digital computation at its center of core processes, the programme mixes architecture, engineering, product design and interaction, making it a collaborative learning process that is essentially investigative and research based. Innovation is augmented through critical open ended learning and the principle stance of the programme is to support collaborative innovation, creative freedom and establish future relevance by reimagining the architectural discipline.The M.Arch digital programme capacitates the architectural students by strengthening the areas that are relevant to the architectural profession today.

Prof. Dhanashree Sardeshpande
HOD, Digital Department