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M. Arch (ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN)

"Our goal is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy, and just world, with clean air, water, soil and power-economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed."

Ar. William McDonough

This post-graduate program is tailor-made for practising architects with an intent to expose them to the field of Environmental Design through theory subjects and design studios planned at various scales. They will develop the ability to independently carry out research and development work to solve the environmental issues in built spaces at building, urban and regional levels by integrating energy-efficient and sustainable design processes in a multidisciplinary approach.

There are design as well as research oriented courses: Design Studios, Dissertation and Thesis.

Environmental Design Studio I: This studio focuses on energy-efficient design at the building level and the complexities involved in the design process (passive design techniques) and choosing the right materials (low-energy materials) to build. The studio will also familiarize the student with energy-efficient design principles and create an understanding of the role of climate as an architectural instrument in the decision-making processes and the contribution of related disciplines associated with the creation of a building. This studio also introduces predictive methods for exploring the energy performance of buildings and the use of performance prediction tools to integrate energy efficiency in building design (i.e. computer simulation and physical model testing) to enhance the design decision-making process.

Environmental Design Studio II: This studio introduces the bigger world of sustainable building industry, along with process and principles involved in the design of an environmental-friendly and sustainable campus through a comprehensive planning framework including its buildings, infrastructure, landscape, transportation network, microclimate, energy efficiency, water and wastewater recycling and other components of environmental planning. The studio introduces critical concepts, strategies and technical skills associated with current thinking on Environmental Design and emphasize on the designer's role in analysing and shaping sustainable campus-level systems as a need for the future.

Environmental Design Studio III: This studio involves the students in small urban/rural environmental planning projects where they will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge of sustainable planning to a specific project. The Studio will look at urban development and evolve an exercise that will address environmental issues arising in urban/rural areas and develop solutions under environmental planning.

Dissertation: This course is included in the third semester to allow the student to explore into a particular topic or concern related to environmental planning or design and to come up with research findings for the same. The student must focus on an area of research which will lead them to the design of sustainable built environment.

Thesis: This allows the student to explore a practical or conceptual project related to environmental planning or design and to come up with a policy and design level proposal for the same. The student has a choice to focus on the planning and policy aspect, or the Thesis could culminate in the design of a sustainable built form.

  • Course Duration:  Four semesters (Two years)
  • Student Intake:  20 per year
  • Eligibility : B. Arch.
  • Affiliation:  The program is affiliated to A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU)
  • Admission:  Through Centralised Allotment Process by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Kerala
  • Curriculum and Syllabus:   https://ktu.edu.in/eu/acd/academicRegulationMArch.htm
 
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