Building for the Builders

While the entire campus came to a halt during the summers, the Architecture department of NITR transformed greatly from a small neglected classroom to a satisfying, resolute department building.

The Council of Architecture (COA), an organization whose permit is mandatory for any architectural institute for its students to receive the degree, paid a most awaited visit to the department this summer, on the 24th of June. It was this guiding force that led to an impressive makeover of the departmental building, within a short span of time.


Having started as a small classroom, the two storied department now comprises of two well-maintained classrooms, a neat apposite drafting studio, three faculty chambers, a computer lab, a materials museum and a departmental library. The classrooms, one on each floor, have evolved into smart-rooms with display boards, AV support and new furniture. The studios are efficiently designed to provide for a good strength of 30. The computer lab is with some 35 systems, which shall be used by the students for graphics as well as non-graphics software. Right behind this lab is the departmental library; though not quite like an established book gallery, but with around 470 architectural books, this library serves the students surprisingly well. To the right extreme of the building is the materials museum that has been set up with the idea of providing the students with exposure to the various gradations of the widely used resources in the very field. Furthermore, arrangements have been in progress in the backyard of the department to come up with a proper provision to provide hands-on experience in field work to our future architects. While the classrooms are perfectly ready for the freshman year, the work in the second studio and library is yet to be completed.

The department is yet to be sorted in many of its aspects. A certain clumsiness lingers. The building lacks proper sanitation facilities. Though there are bathrooms, they are in a filthy condition that makes them unsuitable for use. Moreover the department might have to face some ambiguity with the enrollment of a new batch of students, due to a shortage in the necessary utilities.

This new department is certainly making a good effort to reach heights, but it has yet to delve into the undiscovered waters.