Architecture is not just a profession; it is a way of life. It is a derivative of the juxtaposition of various activities- a man performs- in terms of space, time and form. The art and science of designing buildings has been inherent in every culture, be it west, east, Roman, Gothic, Islamic or Hindu.

Colosseum at Rome, Taj at Agra, The Capitol at Washington DC and the Great Wall of China are not just a few examples of architecture but these structures tell much more than that.

Architecture is a mix of Art, Science, Technology, Culture and Human behaviour. It is a complex system, which with the latest innovations in building materials, their quality of interaction, has brought more and more options for design and construction of buildings.

Architecture in India remained subdued till independence since the whims of the rulers and dictators dominated the styles of construction over different ages under different dynasties. Every part of India has its own heritage in terms of temples, mosques, caves, forts, palaces and tombs.

Vastu is a word which is there on everybody’s mind when it comes to design of a house or the work-place. It is just not an entrance or the location of kitchen in specific directions, it is – in fact- understanding the space with respect to the position of an enclosure vis-a-vis the sun light, wind direction and other local and micro climatic factors to evolve a design. There cannot be a single formula for every house-hold. Vastu changes from place to place, region to region and person to person. It is understanding the mindset of a client towards the functions he wants to perform.

It is this spectrum of multiple facets of Architecture that compels us to understand it more logically and systematically.

In the post independence era, the role of architect was still not well defined in India. In order to give an identity to the Architects and respect to the profession, Architects Act was introduced in the year 1972 and thereafter a recognised role of architecture and its study got a momentum, In order to meet the demand for qualified architects, schools of architecture were established at important regional locations. But with the fast developing trends of towns, cities and metros, it is essential that the new generation is well equipped with knowledge and tools to deliver the demand for habitable designs to the growing needs of the population. And for this there have to be adequate number of centres for educating architecture.

Development is taking place in the entire National Capital Region (NCR). Ideal College of Architecture is strategically located in the region, at Ghaziabad, for imparting education in architecture and other related fields under guidance from the educated and experienced professionals in the field. With the world talking about Climate Change and Disaster Management, efforts and innovations made in the direction of Green Buildings and susceptibility in terms of structures- considerations for the seismic zone- are all on the agenda for grooming the budding architects in this college with ambience and environment suited for the profession.

A more illustrative and descriptive view of the academics and activities of the school are provided in the pages to follow...

Director, ISA