Learning from the Masters

In the Indian Sub-Continent, as well as in few other parts of the world, "ASADI" means "Freedom". As the name signifies, the objective of ASADI as a School is to create an Environment of Education that is free of all shackles of preconceived notions and beliefs. The students are encouraged to express their own philosophy, thus motivating them to be a free thinker.

ASADI will endure to create a society of Architects, who will think and work towards the betterment of the future of mankind.

The guiding principle of this institution is to produce competent professionals with a passion for being useful to the society, on par with peers across the world; to prepare every graduating student for an engaging, inspiring and productive career, thus making them world leaders in the profession of design and planning.

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Many of my friends have asked me as to why I started a School of Architecture so late in my life, especially at a time, when my architectural practice is doing pretty fine. Many even questioned me about the viability of starting an architectural school with such a small intake, with so many planned facilities. Yes I know that I have started the school late in my life and I am also aware that it may not yield financial returns that people would normally expect of such a venture. Then why should I embark on such a project ? This school has been started with the sole objective of creating a new breed of young architects who are fully committed to the societal needs of the day, who will fully honour the sustainable commitment and who will have the ability to change the way the world thinks and behaves, by creating a better and more responsible environment, especially to house the billions, who presently only have the sky as a roof above them.

How can we create this new breed of architects who will be social scientists, with deep concern for our degrading environment? Is the present educational system, especially in architectural studies, preparing those young boys and girls to achieve such responsible positions of the future? The five years of education in Architecture- what percentage of it is focused on making a young boy or girl into a useful architect? It is these questions that persisted in my mind, right from the time I completed my architectural studies, to this day, watching and experiencing the output of young boys and girls coming out of most of the schools in our country.

Are we teaching the students to enable them to earn a degree and eke out a mere living or inculcating in them an awarness and responsibiltiy towards the society and the environment and how they can contribute towards its betterment, which will improve and for which our future generations would be grateful? I think we will have to agree that education and learning are for life and not simply for living. ASADI proposes to provide a totally different approach to architectural education in achieving the above goal for preparing graduates in architecture who are ready and responsible architects commited to doing good for the society. Towards this end, we have incorporated very many knew methodologies in architectural education like, integration of verticals and horizontals from year One, adopting to the Gurukula system of education, learning from the masters, uncovering and enhancing the inborn creativity in the students by greater freedom of thought, hands on training and such like. So friends, be a part of this new philosophy, this new initiative and the noble thought for a better world.

Prof. Arch.

B.R Ajit Chairman & Director

Vision and Mission

A . The Gurukula System

Under this system each student will have a single "Mentor" all through his education at ASADI. As per this system, every student would be attached to a mentor chosen from the full time faculty of the college. This "Mentor" who would be appropriately called "The Guru" by the respective student, would act as his constant guide all through his five years of Education. Each student would also be attached to a practising architect in the city or elsewhere who would be his "Professional Mentor".

B . Hands on Training

ASADI believes that for an aspiring Architect to have in-depth knowledge, he should have the experience in the construction processes as a "Hands-on" skilled worker. To enable this, the students will be involved hands on in the construction of various buildings in the campus and also in the various construction projects of their "Professional Mentors" (GURUS).

This is very crucial to helping understand the complexities or intricacies of the problems and the solutions, to each component during the various stages of the construction phase.

C . Sustainable Living

At ASADI we do not want to limit sustainability, the way of life for every student. We would rather make sustainability, the way of life for every student. Hence, apart from imparting training in various aspects of sustainability in Architectural design and construction, due emphasis would also be given to encourage every student to lead a more sustainable way of life.

D . Learning from The Masters

ASADI would be more of a ‘Visiting faculty-based’ institution rather than an institution mainly dependent on full time staff. This would ensure imparting of good practical knowledge rather than just theoretical understanding. The role of fulltime staff would be limited to introduction of subjects and also to being the "Mentor" for students.

To enable this plan, ASADI will bring in, regularly, visiting, professors including Great Masters of Architecture, from different parts of the World.

E . The College as a Learning Station

The construction of every unit of the college will be done in such a manner that as many components used for servicing, like pipelines, electric cable works, air condition system such as ducts,etc will all be fixed in an exposed manner so as to enable the students to understand the construction techniques that are designed and implemented in the project. The college building would thus be the “Living Laboratory”. Additionally services and structures will be taught as integrated horizontals from first year itself.

F . A Free Environment

The course structure will cover flexible timings and also flexibility in choosing the subjects to learn in each semester, within the allowed norms of the Council of Architecture and the affiliated Universities.

G . The Campus With a Rhythm

The campus will also have sufficient infrastructure in order to develop the talents of students in Sculpturing, Painting, Music, and such-like. Because we believe that good Architecture is all about Rhythm.