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Bachelor of architecture (B. Arch.)

The Agenda

In formulating of this agenda one of the key processes involved was a review of the conventionally existing modes of architectural education, research and practice.

Balwant Sheth School of Architecture should learn from past, envision the future, redefine, enhance, integrate the present and constantly evolve.

“Holistic perception and its translation in three dimensions…” was the virtue of the Classical Architect. Architect perceived, analyzed and synthesized the third dimension. Classical Architect communicated the concepts to the team. In fact the Architect managed the design and designed the management process. In the present scenario, such creative leadership qualities need to be rekindled in education.

Practice of Architecture constantly needs to understand the ever changing ethos, behavioral sciences, tools and techniques, and assimilate all in contemporary design expression.

NMIMS constantly attempts to apply this thought to its other branches of Education.

  • One of the prime questions that were raised involved the conventional role of the architect as mere provider of the services according to the market laws of demand and supply; or as technicians providing sound building solutions.
  • Right from inception of this new school, the attempt is to open up the architecture and design towards other fields ranging from socio cultural studies to management studies. This would be the primary concern of the formulators of the agenda that the school would follow.
  • Thus the role of the school would be determined by the attempt to create the appropriate academic environment for such an endeavor.
  • Our endeavor at the new school would be to constantly adapt and infuse new concepts, technologies and management skills that would affect the field of architectural education and profession at large.

The Degree

Balwant Sheth School of Architecture would award a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), under the five years degree program of NMIMS University. This degree program is recognized by the Council of Architecture.

Intake

40 Seats

The Education Process

  • The objective of this B. Arch course is to develop students, over a period of five years, by rigorous academics and fieldwork.
  • Students would be offered holistic exposure and understanding through Art, History, Technology, Architectural Design and Construction process. Students will spend 15 to 18 weeks internship in Architectural, Planning and Construction Firms. The university follows a trimester system.
  • Every week, one day is devoted to fieldwork in every trimester involving visits to significant buildings, sites including project offices of the architects and construction managers. Total fieldwork will exceed 50 hours and require 20 hours of data analysis.
  • In addition, students are required to devote at least 40 hours per week per academics.

On successful completion of five years, NMIMS University would offer B. Arch Degree recognized by the Council of Architecture.

Facilities And Resources

  • Studios, Lecture Halls, Library, Resource Centre and Computer Laboratory are fully Air-Conditioned and internet accessible.
  • Studios and Workshop – Individual, computer connected comfortable work spaces. Lecture Hall and Audio / Visual Facilities – Apart from Studios, AV facilities at various places on campus.
  • Library and Resource Center – In addition to University Library, BSSA has an extensive physical and electronic library.
  • Computer Laboratory – All students have individual connected computers with internet access in addition to computer laboratory.
  • Workshop – A modern workshop with machines of international standards for wood, steel and clay. In addition, on-campus sophisticated workshop of the other colleges can also be accessed. Laser cutting machine of International standard is the latest addition to the workshop.

Board Of Studies

  • Dr. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS
  • Mr. Anand Pandit, Chairperson, BSSA – NMIMS
  • Mr. S. N. Seth, Engineer, L & T – India
  • Prof. Sanjay Kanvinde, Architect, Kamvinde & Rai, New Delhi
  • Prof. T. M. Chhaya, DEAN (BSSA), NMIMS
  • Ms. Varsha Parab, Registrar, NMIMS
  • Mr. Atrey Chhaya, Lecturer (BSSA), NMIMS

Value Proposition

BSSA has enhanced the basic syllabus and progressive assessment system with a clear focus on “DESIGN”. 15 Juries conducted in 35 weeks for all subject modules assessed students work and adjudged a 100% success.

Program Objectives

  • Continuous workshops, guest lecture series participation by prominent Indian and international Artists, Architects and Project policy planners.
  • Practicing architects, engineers, project managers and experts from the industry would participate as the visiting faculty.
  • Modern, electronic, comfortable studios, physical and electronic library, e-learning and wireless connected campus.
  • Opportunity exists for studios and exchange programs in India and abroad with live projects during summer internship.
  • We would, also encourage graduating architects to expanding horizon and opt for an extensive course in Management Studies. NMIMS University would offer Masters Degree in Business Administration [MBA (APM)] at the end of sixth year.
  • The New Generation of Graduate Studies at NMIMS, already emphasize on Fusion of Science and Management [MBA (Parma.)], Technology and Management [MBA (Tech)]. We would now offer such Fusion in Architecture and Management studies.

Pedagogy

The Course will consider the prescribed syllabus as the base on which the course content would be enhanced and built up. The Course would attempt encouraging students to evolve individual, creative yet pragmatic thought process. Graduating Architects would be aware Professionals, open to the Physical and Social Environment. Critical and analytical issues would eventually lead to a committed design and a built form.

The course will be predominantly based on interactive sessions, case-studies and live project participation with practicing architects, construction management groups, facility planners and managers in India and abroad. Continuous Interface with Architects, Designers, Builders, Developers and End Users would form one of the key components of the course leading to a holistic study of Design. History, Art, Technology and all allied studies would lead to Design.

The course is reviewed regularly in consultation with our Board of Studies, which comprises Leaders from Academics, Architectural Design Practice, Construction and Project Developer Industry and Policy Planners. Like all industries, this industry is continuously expanding and contracting its horizons with ever evolving strategies, tools and techniques. The Board anticipates and prepares participants to meet changing Industry requirements, understand and finally to mould the industry. It would neither be an industry driven course, nor it would force industry. It would act and evolve with the industry and practice. Sustaining a competitive edge in the changing scenario is the other key component of the course.

Eligibility

For B. Arch., the candidate must have passed 10+2 exam / any other equivalent exam / IB Diploma on a regular basis, in first attempt with English and Maths as compulsory subjects obtaining minimum 50% aggregate. Those awaiting their 10+2 exam result may also apply. Candidates are also required to appear and pass the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by COA, scoring minimum of 80 marks out of 200.

Admission Criteria Process

Under the system of centralized admissions all registration is handled by the SVKM’S NMIMS Deemed to be University ( as per UGC Norms). The detailed information is available on our website: http://architecture.nmims.edu

The students are admitted on the basis of the results of their Grade Twelve Examination and the NATA score conducted by the Council of Architecture. The dates are published in newspapers in the month of March and scheduled in April or May. Selections are based purely on merits.

NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA) can admit 40 students to this course for the first semester as approved by the Council of Architecture. Fees will be indicated at the time of admission.

Placements

A dedicated Placement cell has commissioned with effect from April 2012 for BSSA students

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