In­sti­tu­tion of the Charles Cor­rea Chair

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The Gov­ern­ment of Goa has in­sti­tuted the Charles Cor­rea Chair at the Goa Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture, Panaji, through the Direc­torate of Art & Cul­ture. Un­der this pro­gramme, three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of ex­perts from academia or from pro­fes­sional fields within ar­chi­tec­ture are in­vited to teach and in­ter­act with the stu­dents of the col­lege. To mark the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the pro­gramme, as well as the start of the new aca­demic year, a lec­ture — de­liv­ered by Dr. Kai­wan Mehta

— was or­gan­ised un­der the Charles Cor­rea Chair on the 4 July 2017. The lec­ture, ti­tled ‘Ar­chi­tec­ture: Planes of Ex­pe­ri­ence, Fields of Ac­tion’, fo­cused on the ex­panded field of ar­chi­tec­ture and its na­ture be­yond the lim­its of a build­ing. Build­ings play a larger role through their aes­thetic, ma­te­rial, and tech­no­log­i­cal con­struc­tions in­ter­ven­ing in the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal lives of ev­ery­day be­ing. Dis­cussing how we read ar­chi­tec­ture for the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the spa­tial and vis­ual, or the role we per­ceive for ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign in the con­tem­po­rary world, the pre­sen­ta­tion ex­plored what it means to be an ar­chi­tect in In­dia to­day. Dr. Kai­wan Mehta has also been in­vited for the en­tire semester to be the lead Re­source Fac­ulty for the stu­dents of the fi­nal-year dis­ser­ta­tion pro­gramme, wherein the stu­dents will be car­ry­ing out in­di­vid­ual re­search on var­i­ous is­sues con­cern­ing ar­chi­tec­ture. The lec­ture was at­tended by all the in­vi­tees from the field of ar­chi­tec­ture and plan­ning, both the fac­ulty and stu­dents. The Vice Chan­cel­lor of Goa Univer­sity was in­vited to be the chief guest for this event. The other in­vi­tees present in­cluded Pro­fes­sor AGK Menon (from Delhi), ar­chi­tects Dean D’Cruz and ER God­inho, and a few of the vis­it­ing fac­ulty.

Dr. Ashish K Rege, Pro­fes­sor and Prin­ci­pal, Goa Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture, wel­comed all and elab­o­rated on the three dif­fer­ent catagories of schemes en­vis­aged un­der this Chair. He also an­nounced that Pro­fes­sor Hein­rich Wolff from South Africa will con­duct a De­sign Stu­dio mo­d­ule/ work­shop in Septem­ber this year as the first In­ter­na­tional Pro­fes­sor Chair in­vited un­der the Charles Cor­rea Chair. Wolff is an ar­chi­tect with over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence. His work has re­ceived many awards in­clud­ing the Daim­ler Chrysler Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture (2007), the Lu­betkin Award (2005) and in 2011, he was elected as the De­signer of the Fu­ture by the Wouter Mik­mak Foun­da­tion. He has held sev­eral aca­demic ap­point­ments; he has been a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the ETH in Zürich (2014-2015), IUAV in Venice (2013), Washington Univer­sity in St. Louis (2015) and has been an ad­junct as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at UCT, Cape Town.

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