The school is preparing to introduce pioneering programs in Masters in Landscape Architecture (M. LA) and Ph.D., proudly positioning itself as the singular institution offering these courses in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. With a wealth of infrastructure, the Department of Architecture & Landscape Design (DA&LD) stands as a beacon of excellence in the domain, often hailed as one of the premier schools in the country.
Five dedicated studios, each with an attached classroom, are specifically designed for the five running semesters in a year, accommodating the meticulous planning of our in-house faculty members. These purpose-built spaces emphasize the importance of optimal North-light exposure, cross ventilation, and student viewing angles to create the best possible learning conditions. Each studio is outfitted with 40 drawing boards, and the attached classrooms provide seating for 40 students, ensuring ample space for both practical work and lecture-based learning. Both the studios and classrooms are well-equipped to support various teaching methods, whether it be chalk-board, projector screen-based, or individualized instruction, further enhancing the opportunities for interactive learning and discourse.
The school’s Computer Lab serves as a dynamic learning hub, focused on introducing students to crucial computer software and keeping them abreast of technological advancements. Here, students are taught proficiency in industry-standard tools like AutoCAD, Revit-Architecture, ArchiCAD, and Photoshop. The lab currently houses 40 workstations, situated in a comfortable, fully air-conditioned and furnished hall. For the convenience and enhancement of learning for students and faculty alike, it also offers robust internet connectivity, enabling seamless exploration and research.
Our Survey & Concrete Lab acts as a vital practical learning environment for students, focusing on the hands-on knowledge necessary for surveying and concrete work. It is equipped with the latest machinery and tools to ensure students receive tangible, practical experience that they can directly apply in the field. This deep understanding of materials and site use is invaluable for any aspiring architect, equipping them with the real-world skills and experience integral to their future careers.
Our Climatology Lab is equipped with advanced gadgets designed to record and analyze both indoor and outdoor climatic conditions. Such data is paramount in designing buildings suitable for diverse climatic zones, a crucial understanding for any architect. Thus, our students are not only taught how to use these sophisticated instruments but are also trained in analyzing and applying the collected information in their architectural design processes. This comprehensive understanding and practical application underscore the real-world relevance of their studies.
The Model Making Lab is an essential part of our architectural education. While software tools enable the creation of virtual 3D models, a comprehensive understanding of architectural designs is often best achieved through physical, realistic 3D models. Our Model Making Lab provides students with the tools and space needed to create these intricate physical models, facilitating a deeper understanding of their designs. These models not only aid in design presentations but also serve as tangible records of their architectural journey, fostering the preservation of their creative evolution.
The Carpentry & Smithy Workshop is an integral part of our curriculum, reinforcing the concept that an architect is a master craftsman who should possess comprehensive knowledge of all building components. Carpentry and smithy work, fundamental aspects of building construction, are taught in this specialized workshop. This hands-on training provides students with an intimate understanding of construction processes, enriching their architectural perspective. Further, this knowledge enhances their ability to create more detailed and comprehensive 3D models, facilitating a holistic grasp of their designs.
The Audio-Video cum Thesis Hall embodies our commitment to harnessing modern technology for education. Architectural instruction, including presentations, special lectures, and vivas, benefits significantly from the incorporation of the latest electronic and multimedia tools, and our dedicated lab meets this need. Further enhancing its utility, this hall also features an exhibition room for the display of student work. Here, students showcase their design sheets and models across various subjects, providing a visual narrative of their academic journey. This space also hosts our thesis exhibitions, offering students a dedicated platform to present their capstone projects.
The Building Material Lab is a crucial component of our school’s architecture program. This lab offers students hands-on experience with a wide array of materials, helping them understand aspects such as color, appearance, usage, handling, and composition. This practical understanding forms the foundation of architectural education, as it equips students with the knowledge required to make informed choices about material use in their designs, underscoring our commitment to comprehensive, applied learning.
The school is also equipped with a well-stocked library, serving as an invaluable resource for both students and faculty. This library houses an extensive collection of textbooks, reference books, and academic journals, ensuring easy access to literature data within the architecture discipline. Designed with convenience in mind, this facility allows users to access necessary resources without needing to visit the central library frequently, thereby optimizing their time. Its location within the School of Architecture further ensures the continuity of the learning environment and promotes a culture of continuous study and exploration.
The Art Studio/Exhibition Hall is a pivotal part of our architectural education program, recognizing the deep interconnection between art and architecture. This dedicated space encourages students to create and showcase their artistic talents within the school building. Available for use during class hours, college festivals, and even off-hours, the studio offers a platform for creativity and artistic expression at all times. It also houses a permanent exhibition featuring the finest works by our School of Architecture and Landscape Design (SALD) students. To further ensure a judicious and effective use of the space, the Art Instructor’s office is conveniently located adjacent to the Art Studio, allowing for continuous guidance and interaction.
The design of the school building reflects a keen understanding of the need for ample display spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Innovative exhibition spaces are strategically placed along the walking areas within the building, showcasing distinguished works by students in the fields of art, design, and related subjects. Additionally, an indoor amphitheater with stepped seating is incorporated within the school building, capable of accommodating the entire school community during special gatherings. This vibrant space becomes the focal point during school or college-level technical and cultural festivals, as well as events like farewells and fresher’s parties. Moreover, the amphitheater proves versatile, often serving as an outdoor lecture or demonstration space, further enhancing its functionality and contributing to the dynamic nature of the school environment.