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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.

- Text: Swati Balgi Photograph­s: Courtesy the Institute

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.

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