Architectural Design is seen as the central discipline of the program.  The studio is the arena where the student applies his knowledge and develops design skills while testing out the theories and methods learnt in other courses in the Humanities, Technological and Professional streams.  The students will endeavour to acquire and understanding of the determinants of the built form such as social imperatives, environmental concerns and the craft of building.  They wil review experiences from their own immediate and personal environment as well as the values and perceptions of other people involved in the process of design viz.. the user, the client and the public at large.  Derivation of concepts and strategies will then lead to a deliberate response in the shape of a specific design proposal with the help of organizational and communicative skills.

They study of Architectural Design is seen as a cumulative process where the experience of the previous year is used as base for increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge and development of skills in the following year.  The range of design problems shall include projects of progressively increasing complexity from a simple rural habit to multi use urban megastructures.


Semester 8, 9


The class is divided into three to four groups, working with different faculty on different projects. Some of the issues handled in such projects are High performance buildings with controlled environment, City and habitat and Urban design

An illustration of unit work may be seen from the links.

A.G.Krishna Menon
Rajat Ray
Arunava Dasgupta
Anvita Anand

Semester 10


The final year thesis program in TVB is primarily conducted as a design thesis exercise with occasional exceptions. The student is expected to demonstrate almost all his/her skills learned in the previous years of academic study and professional training through a design project. The students usually address projects, issues, and/or sites that have urban, conservation, redevelopment, habitat and technological potential. They are expected to demonstrate mature conceptualization of the architectural agendas, a profound engagement with the project and a high level of sophistication in deployment of architectural vocabulary and techniques. Above all the handling of thesis project should exhibit the manifestation of a distinct professional and social accountability

A few gold-medal winning thesis abstracts are provided as links.

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