Design is an act of making an environment where we shape and develop our surrounding to suit our physical and psychological needs. Traditionally as per dictionary meaning it belonged to the profession of planning of building, products and fashion industry. Today design thinking is used in all profession as a verb or skill to develop solutions suited to the context and person/ people.


The role of the designer is being acknowledged in various disciplines to improve and impart better living conditions as well as sense of well being. Architecture from being associated with building construction has become a noun to describe integration of multiple fields/ aspects and making a system of operation and function.


So the course of bachelor of architecture and bachelor in design has now become a multi-disciplinary education to handle issues relating to humanities, technology, computation, information, marketing etc. Our training includes integrating basics of this multi-faceted profession in first three years and allowing students to explore various disciplines of their choice and integrating them to give site specific solutions suited to the needs of society and environment.


Our university and institute has enabled students to participate in classes of various disciples in 22 institutes of MAHE through open elective courses and summer project options. The students also get to participate in exchange program across countries through semester exchange or through AISEC, IAESTE internship options. The institute is developing centers of research and many interdisciplinary research groups safeguarding the interest of people and place. Architects and designers are playing major roles in sustainable development, building resilience to climate change, making our built environment healthy and inclusive.


Overall the growth of the institute and courses has led to expansion in various dimensions and disciplines across many roles that an architect and designer could do. This is reflected in our education system, syllabus and objectives of the department.


Dr. (Prof) Deepika Shetty