L.S. RAHEJA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE’S ANNUAL EVENT AAKAR 2019 IS A PLATFORM FOR STUDENTS OF ARCHITECTURE THAT HELPS TO INTEGRATE THE STUDENT COMMUNITY, ARCHITECTS AND THE INDUSTRY.
L.s. Raheja school of Architecture’s Annual event Aakar 2019 is a platform for students of architecture that helps to integrate the student community, architects and the industry.
L.S. Raheja School of Architecture had recently organised Aakar 2019, an annual cultural festival and exhibition of students’ academic work. the academic year 2018-19 witnessed the formation of the first student’s council for Bachelor of Architecture degree program of the school affiliated to University of Mumbai (since 2007). the council comprising of 23 elected members from the school along with the teaching faculty joined hands to organise Aakar 2019. this combined effort saw good participation as compared to the previous editions of Aakar.
Aakar, the cultural festival included the sports week followed by seminar, workshop and cultural programs. the most exciting part of the festival was well-organised Republic Day celebration and the first workshop. the workshops and seminars spanned over six days were planned keeping in mind the interest of the students, and what they could from each of the sessions. the list of Set Design by the Mr. Nimish Kotwal was organised for the second time in two years because of the overwhelming response, it received the last time around.
Our youngest batch in architecture was given a complete dose of sustainable and eco-friendly design through Brick Arches & Creative Bonds by Ar. Malaksingh Gill and other members. With a large number of students practising architectural journalism while still in college, the institute felt that a workshop in Writing Architecture by Ar. Meera Krishnamurthy Godbole would help them fine tune their skills for better future prospects. Stress in their academic and social lives are one of the primary reasons for ill health in today’s youth. Keeping this in mind, a workshop on Mental health & Stress Management by Ms. Jasdeep Mago of Invisible illness was organised for the second time in two years and received a fantastic response.
A Gold Gilding workshop was organised in conjunction The Gold Leaf Studio, targeted primarily for the Interior Design department. A workshop in Self Defence by Mr. Arif Mohammad Khan of Mark Martial Arts was another second in two years based on the fabulous response it received the last festival. Our avid food enthusiasts had their way too in the Baking Workshop hosted by Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management, part of Raheja education Complex.
Two Heritage Walks to the fort precinct and Bandra village by Alisha Sadikot went full in registrations.
The seminars included Designing High performance learning environments by perkins eastman-Mumbai, Business of Architecture by Huzefa Rangwala of MuseLab and Architectural Heritage Conservation by Ar. vikas Dilawari. the committee also hosted the screening of an architectural documentary ‘Reading Architecture practice, Mumbai’ made by Ar. Shreyank Khemlapure, Ar. Rajeev Thakker, Ar. Samarth Das, Mr. Sunil Thakker and Mr. philip Calia- followed by the panel discussion with the filmmakers and the full-time faculty of the school. further as an extension on this debate another panel discussion was organised on the subject ‘Architectural visualisation’ between two upcoming practices with a diverse school of thought corresponding to the current trend of visualisation in an architectural practice. the Annual exhibition of Students Academic and extra-curricular work was inaugurated by honourable Chief Guest Ar. Kishore pradhan - a notable name in field of Landscape Architecture with more than 35 years of experience and guest of honour, Mr. Shyam Wadhwani, president ‘Bombay Suburban Art & Craft education Society’ - a constant source of encouragement for our students and faculty members for he has always given his full attention to every student and work displayed during the exhibition. this inauguration ceremony was followed by the guest going through the entire exhibition and giving their valuable inputs to the students and the faculty members. the annual Awards night began with the release of the second edition of the Annual Academic Year Book along with the announcement of periodical newsletter ‘literarchi’ by the esteemed guests. this was followed by the felicitation for academic excellence of students of Bachelor of Architecture, bachelor’s in vocational-Interior Design, master’s in landscape architecture and various other courses of Interior Design & Decoration (Diploma & School Certificate).
l.S.Raheja School of Architecture aims to draw from its 65 years of experience and strengthen its roots and yet turn to the future and imbibe the new, so the students are always ready to face any impending challenges. With new beginning in the academic year 2018-19 and a rich past to learn from, the institute aims to soar to new heights in the years to come.