On completing 10 years of establishment of VDA, a series of lectures by renowned academicians and practitioners from all around the country is organized on campus. Each month, experts and professionals whose work is looked upon by the students as one of the ideals in India are invited for lecture and interaction at VDA.
Their vast and in-depth knowledge in the field has added great value to our ideology and has enhanced the sense of architecture of one and all, especially the budding architects of our school who always require the guidance and path-breaking ideas to lead their way ahead in the future. All the dignified guests invited to the school, share their experiences of professional practice and academic endeavors through a lecture and sometimes by the virtue of a workshop.
The lecture series started on 23rd July 2016 with the presentation by Ar. Rahul Dalvi from Vadodara, who discussed his journey with the students, giving them an insight of his work that triggered various thoughts and discourses which are important for students. The lecture was followed by a small exhibition of the works of his firm Dalvi Associates with panels and models on display. Then in the loop, Mr. DipenGada, who is also a practitioner from Vadodara, gave a lecture which was arranged at his much talked about project – ‘Niraant’, his own farmhouse.
Thereafter, we were honored by a couple of senior architects who are not just practitioners but hard core academicians and researchers, Prof. NeelkanthChhaya and Prof. YatinPandya, alumni and teachers at CEPT University, who joined us in August. They also interacted with the faculties at VDA as a part of a short training exercise for the budding academicians. Further, in continuation Prof. Pratyush Shankar, Prof. Kengo Sato and Prof. UdayAndhare also joined the venture.
Till now, the lecture series has helped to initiate intellectual discussions regarding the students’ individual sense of perception about the on- going professional practices in the field among themselves and would continue to do so with the up-coming lecture.