About Vadodara Institute of Architecture
The Vadodara Institute of Education and Research Trust (VIER), Kotambi, Vadodara is registered under the PUBLIC TRUST ACT with Registration No. E-6954 -Vadodara dated 13th December 2007. The Vadodara Institute of Architecture, its most recent inception, has been started with a vision to create a centre of excellence that promotes consciousness about appropriate built form, resource handling, and resurrects our traditional building practices.
The members of the Trust, all by and large social workers, had initially come together to start the Vadodara Institute of Engineering in 2009, which today has made its mark in Robotics nationally and internationally. They realized that the time is now right to start Architectural education with a difference
The institute has a campus area of 31 acres with separate buildings for each Institute. The Vadodara Institute of Architecture has its independently equipped laboratories (Surveying and Leveling, Building Materials and Computer) Library and Workshop with latest instruments such as thermocol cutter, metal cutter, metal drill etc. and other resources to provide practical education within an excellent learning environment. It is proposed to install a Climatology Laboratory in the near future.
Mission and Vision
Architecture addresses the importance of human habitat and the built environment that supports human activities and values. It generates order to the space occupied by people, by making one aware of how the built structure influences and responds to cultural and social change.
The institute proposes to position itself in the present context, which is replete with great contrasts and immense opportunities. Physical, social and cultural contexts define the generative tools for design that give clues to transform the commonplace into a distinctive experience.
A judicious use of resources is the need of the hour, putting sustainable design solutions at the forefront of a concerted, frugal approach. For on one hand, rapid and haphazard development in the cities is putting the existing infrastructure under a severe strain, and on the other, smaller towns and villages continue to suffer age-old neglect in the area of planned growth and quality of construction.
In order to achieve the above, the studios, across the years, will be designed to address besides the programme requirements, an understanding of building technology, construction methods and materials, responsive climate design, incorporation of traditional arts and local crafts, with due attention to socio cultural identities and features.
The architectural program will thus initiate a thoughtful and responsive design process that will facilitate the student to understand and create human habitation spaces through varied understandings of theory, studio, practical skills, project work, case studies, field trips and interaction with industry and professionals.
The program nudges the student to become independent thinkers, who will strive to produce an architecture that merges with their context and yet have an identity that is both lively and interactive.
It is proposed to start 1st semester of B. Arch from academic year 2018-19 as per guidelines of Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) and the Academic calendar decided by Gujarat Technological University (GTU).
The admission is granted to students based on marks obtained in 12th Examination and score obtained in National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by Council of Architecture (COA).
The world has shown a remarkable change in the last few decades. New inventions have changed the course of history and architectural education has to address itself to that change.
The standards of Architectural Education being imparted in institutions is governed by the Council of Architecture-COA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983 which states that Architecture professionals are expected to deliver/possess:
- Comprehensive solutions
- Appropriate technological options
- Psychological and comfort perception based solutions
- Environmental concerns
- Context perspectives and cultural values
- Practical implementation demands
- Managerial skills for coordinating varied specialized professionals and technicians.
- Facilitating value system
- Global reach