Institution of the Charles Correa Chair
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.