26th Rizvi Arch Fest highlights creativity

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Rizvi College of Architecture (RCA) hosted its annual Rizvi Arch Fest at the college premises from August 21 to 26, 2017. The theme for its 26th edition was ‘AEON – The Eternal Vital Force’. Ar. Divya Kush, President, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) inaugurated the event and praised the contribution of the college towards creating awareness about architectural, habitat and environmental issues.

Ar. Vijay Garg, VP, Council of Architecture was the Chief Guest at the concluding function on August 26, 2017 when alumni of the college from all over India and the world will gather at the college to mark its silver jubilee. RCA was recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the students have won Gold Medals in the University of Mumbai, two Charles Correa Gold Medals, Minal Panchal Gold Medal and twice, the Sir Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship instituted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the only college in India to have this distinction, says Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Director of the college.

Earlier in this academic year students under the guidance of Prof. Martina Spies and Prof. Faizan Khatri, exhibited work at one of the cubes at the Glaspalaste, Wittenberg; organized by Bauhaus School of Design. It was an honour for the institute to be showcased amongst 12 other artists from around the world informs Ar. Mohin Merchant, Principal in Charge, RCA. The school has launched an e-library where the students and the alumnus can access the college work including classroom presentations, newspaper articles on various topics, NASA work, papers presented by the faculties in different conferences including International conference on Humane Habitat.

The institute has collaborated with the American Consulate library (Dosti House) and National Digital Library of India where students can access more than 83,000 books on architecture. The addition of the Construction Yard, Material Museum, Plumbing and Sanitation Lab focuses on simplifying technical subjects through experiential learning. Such an intervention has helped bridge the gap between the academic knowledge and field practices. In turn has led to improvements in the way students interact with this subject and the faculties, says Ar. Ejaz Kashmiri, Vice Principal, RCA. The Institution has come a long way. Today, graduates have spread all over the world. Many of its graduates and faculty members are heading colleges of architecture in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The philosophy of the institution has become the philosophy of many other institutions in the region.

(Source: Daily News & Analysis)

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