“I can positively say that Lovely School of Architecture and Design has made me a better person. It has helped me develop a positive attitude towards my studies and discover more about myself. My teachers made sure that every class is fun, educational, and interactive. I have always felt that I was so lucky to be a student at LSAD, and not at any other private or government institute. The thing I admire the most about LSAD is the support I received from everyone at the school starting from friends to our most admired Dean Sir. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have achieved without that caring environment. I think the facilities, environment, and the resources here are much better. I have no doubt that the person I have now become is due to my time spent here and I can with utmost conviction say that the last four years have been the best of my life.” —Shubham Khandelia, a proud B.Arch, LPU student.
Us Indians have evolved from thatched roofs and kuccha houses to villas, bungalows, and apartments. But the same cannot be said for the state of the country’s urban planning. Only a handful of educational institutions take it as their firm responsibility to mentor students who can effectively draw attention to the prevalent concerns of urban realm and build an environment that can withstand challenges, such as climate change and global warming. Prominent among these institutions is School of Architecture and Design, Lovely Professional University.
Since its inception in 2004, LSAD (Lovely School of Architecture and Design) have set its focus on academic innovation and sensitizing students to grave issues such as housing affordability problems, transport issues, and resource wastages, among others. “We ensure that the concepts such as water conservation, energy conservation, building assessment systems in terms of water balance, water footprint and carbon footprint are integrated in design studio exercises. Moreover, our design studio exercises are based on live projects and real life scenarios,” says Atul Kumar Singla, Dean, Lovely school of Architecture and Design
Lying Strong Foundations
LSAD provides an Architectural Assistantship academic programme to Diploma graduates. The institute deems this program as an asset to a budding architect as he/she gets ample understanding in integrating an architect’s design concepts to a formal set of working drawings, details and physical model etc. The institute offers due focus on how to handle projects at site for pre-construction, during construction, and post construction phases. Moreover, helping its students land respectable job opportunities, LSAD follows the following four key areas to enhance the students’ employability; Design Thinking and Ideation, Professional Software Updation, Construction Detailing, and Social Entrepreneurship.
LSAD encourages its students to explore the application of theoretical concepts through analytical assignments and creative enhancement. It is not just the LSAD coursework that is impressive; it is also the faculty that ensures that the students are well-learnt in the different aspects of architecture and design. The LSAD faculty shines bright with teachers who are experts in subjects like Emergent Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design, Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Industrial Area Planning, and Product Design to name a few. “We value the importance of a well-laid out curriculum and, therefore, review it every semester; we focus on evolving our pedagogical aids with rigorous evaluation systems, and we conduct design studio jury by esteemed professionals from industry and academia,” says the Dean.
LSAD exposes its students to various updates of the architecture and design profession through international conferences, guest lectures, and workshops that are led by eminent speakers from the industry and academia, such as Raj Rewal, S.D.Sharma, Prof. Dr. Mandeep Singh, Matthew Taylor, Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao, Prof. Alok Ranjan, Deepashee Chaudhary, Mr. Mukul Kulkarni, and Mr. S.M. Choudhury to name a few.
The Hands-on Approach
The LSAD team understands that architecture education lies beyond the four walls of a classroom and effectively plans for an entire two weeks solely dedicated to experiential learning. During these two weeks, the students experiment with various building techniques and materials such as brick, stone, mud, bamboo, metal waste, scrap etc. Besides, they also get an opportunity to visit live sites to gain an understanding of architectural detailing, spatial anthropometry, and their connection with heritage values, social structure, urban fabric, public realm etc. Similarly, hands-on workshops are organised to enable a seamless transition from sheet and model work to actual site and practices. An excellent example for the success, of these intense two-week coursework is that the students have has the opportunity to submit their work for ADC Phagwara, ADC Jalandhar, MC Jalandhar with projects like “Refurbishing Urbanscape: Design Imperatives of Street Vendors Act 2014, Phagwara City”, “Rejuvenation of Jalandhar National Highway (NH-1): LPU to BMC Chowk”, “Project SATHI, GoPb.: Framework for Village Development”, “Solid Waste Management Plan, Ward No.-5, Jalandhar city”, and so on.
LSAD, keeping in mind that the students require an open space to express their creative designs, provides a dedicated studio space for that helps them to explore and experiment. Additionally, the institute offers emerging digital technologies in labs, extensive machine tools in carpentry and metal workshop along with a wide array of hand tools further incites exploration of designs via physical models. Moreover, ongoing construction, remodelling and renovation activities at the LPU campus further offer on site and off site exploration, thereby providing an impetus to design education.
LSAD in the Offing
When asked about the success of the institute and the Dean proudly states that transparency and system specific response are keys to the academic success. Moving forward, LSAD aims to achieve a standing coherent to a centre for excellence in design innovation and emergent technology in the region for industry and academia. LSAD is surely a trailblazer in the arch-ed domain as it surges ahead to achieve its goal of imparting an architectural education that parallels global contemporaries.