National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), the Academic Unit of Council of Architecture, was instituted in July 2005, as the first institute of architecture initiated jointly by the Council of Architecture (COA) and the Centre for Development Studies & Activities (CDSA). A national level institute of excellence that facilitates advanced research in the various fields of architecture, to teachers of architecture, professionals and individuals / students, NIASA was operating from Pune, Maharashtra, lovingly called the Oxford of the East.
STARTING OF COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTRES:
Council of Architecture has decided to continue its academic wing through Council of Architecture Training and Research Centres (COA-TRC) at five zones including at Pune. Details of the COA-TRC at five zones and new website will be available shortly.
All correspondence may henceforth be addressed to
Council of Architecture Training and Research Centre (COA-TRC),
2nd Floor, A-4 (B), Abhimanshree,
Off Pashan Road, (Behind Volkswagon Pune-West Showroom),
Pune – 411008, Maharashtra, India
email:firstname.lastname@example.org (COA-TRC Administrative office)
At present, COA-TRC operates functions in the following different areas.
1. Research in Architecture: The ever evolving faculty of architecture, in all it's vastness, offers little scope in pursuing research at an advanced level in India. COA-TRC hopes to supplement the need for providing a facility for such research.
2. Teacher's Training Program (TTP): Targeted at the rapidly growing number of teachers in schools of architecture in India, a series of TTPs made mandatory for teachers to attend at some time or another, aims at raising the standards of teaching architecture. New methods and techniques, pertinent subjects, both technical and theoretical, are covered over the weeks, in 5 day packages, that will bring together the best presenters and the most applicable subjects from across the length & breadth of the country.
3. Continuing Education Program (CEP):Similar in structure to the TTPs but targeted towards the practicing professionals in the field the CEPs focus on new theories and practices, legalities, technical updating etc.
4. National Awards for Excellence in Architectural Thesis: The awards programmes to showcase the best students' works at UG and PG levels across India, create a better appreciation of architectural design concerns through public events.
5. Architecture Publishing Cell: To satiate the need for books and journals in architecture, that are at present too little to constructively involve architects and students in a continuous learning and updating process, COA is in the process of publishing books and research papers useful for architects and students of architecture, through its publication cell.
6. National Digital database of teachers, subject experts and library resources: COA is in the process of collecting information from all the colleges of architecture in India. This data will be organised and soon made available online to assist independent researchers, students, faculty and professionals.
The COA-TRCs are set to grow in function and stature as per the growing demands of studies in architecture.