Architecture is the physical representation of a society, this programme will is intended to study the soul and role of traditional Bhutanese Architecture and integrate it into the best present day curriculum practiced all over. This programme shall be made relevant to the site and scenario in Bhutanese climate, context where learners will have their study tour and project sites in hilly region. The learners will be encouraged solve the problem of designing in hilly region using the concepts of Organic Architecture and green building concepts. The programme is expected to incorporate the rich Bhutanese Arts, paintings and sculptures into the mainstream programme and is aimed to be dynamic and innovative in its course and curriculum refinement.
Aims and objectives of the Programme.
- To provide excellence in Architectural Education & the design of the built environment.
- To preserve and promote Architecture as an important feature of Bhutanese identity.
- To prepare the student for professional qualification of an Architect or for subsequent higher education.
- To develop skills in critical thinking, discussions, presentation and team work through seminar presentations, case studies, study tours, writings and studio activities.
The Architecture graduates, after their completion of programme should register with Bhutan Institute of Architect (BIA) & Construction Development Board which entitles a person to practice the profession as a registered Architect in Bhutan.
The Curriculum structure for the five year (ten semesters) programme is designed for a vigorous and interdisciplinary approach to professional education which are:
- Design oriented.
- Practical internships.
- Sustainable Technologies.
- Local and Global needs.
- Proper placement of modules with consideration to pre requisite and co-requisites modules.
- Concept of specialization
The Programme comprises of thirteen broad areas: Science and Humanities, Architectural Design, Architectural Graphics, Building Material and Construction, Theory of Structure, Professional training, Building Science and Services, Theory of Design, Building Management, History of Architecture, Computer Application and Electives.
Architectural Design is the central discipline of the programme. The Design studio is the area where the students apply their knowledge and develop design skills while testing out the theories and methods learnt in other modules in the Humanities, Technological and Professional streams. The students will endeavour to acquire an understanding of the determinants of the built form such as social imperatives, environmental concerns and the craft of building.
Architectural Design is seen as a cumulative process where the experience of the previous year is used as a base for increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge and development skills in the following year. The range of design problems shall include projects of progressively increasing complexity from a simple rural habitat to multi-use urban mega-structures.
At least one of the design problems in a semester may be a group design exercise wherein students may take up detailed design of a part of a larger problem to produce a consolidated design solution. This will help students to acquire deeper understanding of smaller areas and also promote the collaborative rather than the competitive aspect. Modules in Design, theory will run concurrently with studio modules at every stage, various aspects of the design problem shall be dealt with lectures, group discussions and library research so as to provide the necessary philosophical and attitudinal background to a rational design approach.