The AA lecture event was on the invitation by Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director MIDAS. The public lecture was aimed at benefiting students, professionals and general public on the approaches and the processes involved in design through the work done at AA School of Architecture, London.
Brett Steele, Director AA London, lectured on the theme ‘Search and Research’ in architecture explaining “the process of approaching architecture in three parts" being stating the obvious, imagining the unexpected and remembering the inevitable. The lecture also gave a brief idea about AA London which is 166 years old. He said John Ruskin, 19th Century Philosopher had lectured there.
Theodore Spyropoulos, lectured about "Alternative design approaches in the information age" which showcased the exploration of design process though various mediums. Few being the interaction between human digital realms, parameterizing the information between various socio-cultural activities and etc. He was showing examples of the robotics in architecture and how the future of architecture will be a challenging one especially for India.
Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director, welcomed the speakers and audience and stressed that, MIDAS has emerged as an important school and is most sought after in this region within three years of its inception. The programs at MIDAS are well researched and the effort by the faculty and students is commendable. GRK Reddy, CMD MARG Group presided the lecture session and felicitated Theo Spyropoulos. Mrs.Rajini Reddy, Director SAI and MD Exemplarr Worldwide Pvt.Ltd, felicitated Brett Steele. Ms.Rangapriya - AVP-SAI delivered the vote of thanks. The event was organized by MIDAS through its student body FEAT-Forum for Exchange of Architectural Thought and supported by SAI-Swarnabhoomi Academic Institutions.
The event witnessed participation of aspiring architecture students and practicing professionals from the region. An exhibition of student’s works was organized at MIDAS campus as a part of the lecture.
Brett Steele, was extremely impressed about MIDAS and felt that it was “wonderful school in the making” and moving towards being one of the best schools in the near future. AA school and MIDAS will partner in future programs within Chennai.
MIDAS has been inaugurated in 2011 by renowned art director Thota Tharani & former Indian cricketer Robin Singh. It is one of the few schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through an integrated curriculum and teaching methodology marked by international standards of delivery and assimilation. Besides, students are given ample opportunity to express their creativity at various platforms. It gives students a chance to interact with experts from the industry and other institutions across the globe. Located off the scenic East Coast Road, midway between Chennai and Puducherry, MIDAS is surrounded by heritage centers and architectural landmarks in Mahabalipuram, Puducherry and Kancheepuram, making it an ideal learning centre for architectural education.
MIDAS is currently in its third year of operation and has been critically acclaimed by architects and industry experts alike, for its industry linked pedagogy. To ensure that best in class education is imparted to the students, frequent guest lectures and workshops are conducted throughout the year.