Expert Lectures

Alpha Institute of Architecture Studies, as a part of its initiative to students’ exposure, had organized a guest lecture on the subject ‘Environment Science’ from 10.30am to 4.00pm on 29th September 2017. The expert invited was Mr. Kaushik Panchal, Palanpur. He is an architect- town planner from APIED, V. V. Nagar. He has over 15 years of experience in architecture practice as well as in academics. He has served various academic institutions like APIED-V. V. Nagar, SVIT-Vasad, Dept. of Architecture-HNGU and many more. He is also a distinguished member of Board of Studies at Dept. of Architecture - Nirma University. He has been guiding students in ‘Environment Science’ subject for more than a decade and considered a key expert in this field.

This lecture cum workshop was organized for all the students of AIAS – first and second year combined. Mr. Panchal had started the lecture with basic concepts of climate and solar geometry, climatic zone and their characteristics, wind and ventilation etc and then moved on to vernacular architecture and its climatic aspects. He had also explained certain contemporary buildings like, Kargil Airport, Torrent Power building designed considering climate as a main aspect. He has also made students aware about various software tools used for climatic analysis and design. Final hour of the day was an extensive discussion round which was enjoyed by students most. He also shared some of his reference material with students for their additional study purpose.

Around30 students with 5 faculties participated in this expert lecture. This lecture was followed by some hands on use of climatic tools and studio design discussions based on climate. This lecture was very fruitful for students academically as well as to create an awareness about environmental factors in building design. The day ended with vote of thanks and awarding a momento as a token of appreciation from AIAS, Gandhinagar.

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