A career in architecture is undeniably one of the noblest career choices and the choice of the architectural college for that is a crucial factor. Architecture in India is very ancient and can be traced back to Indus valley civilization. With numerous colleges present in the country today, it often becomes overwhelming for the students. Surfaces Reporter (SR) has surveyed and created a list of best 25 architectural colleges of India for all students dreaming to make a career in architecture. (The listing doesn’t reflect any ranking)
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmadabad
Founded in 1962, the institute specializes in the different areas of the natural and developed environment of human society. Although the institute offers courses in a number of related disciplines, the architecture course here is particularly famous. It has a number of dedicated research wings that specialize in producing architects of exceptional calibre. Some veteran architects such as Bimal Patel, Rahul Mehrotra, Chitra Vishwanath, Hamsukh Patel have graduated from the CEPT.
School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
With over 1000 students pursuing their degree in architecture and planning in this institute, it has separate blocks for planning and architecture. With an excellent infrastructure to its credit, the institute has already finalized plans for setting up a new campus at Vasant Kunj. A major part of the college's funding comes from its alumni, most of who are well placed in life. Some notable alumni of the institute include Raj Rewal, Sonali Rastogi, Eugene Pandala, and Revathi S. Kamath.
Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, offers many courses from multiple disciplines including the architecture course. This course focuses on taking students out for outings to see various architectural marvels across the lengths and breaths of the county. That way the students are exposed to a more practical learning approach and they are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to what they see in these excursions.
Sir J. J. College Of Architecture, Mumbai
Established in the pre-independence era, this was the first architecture college in Asia. With architects, planners and even writers like Arundhuti Roy making their way in the institute's distinguished line of alumni, the institute has always ensured that creativity remains in the pinnacle of learning in the institution. This old institution has adapted itself with the changing times to establish a strong foothold in the field of architecture in the country. It has an array of latest software and technology that is introduced as a part of the curriculum of the institution. Ar Prem Nath is one of the notable alumni architects of the college.
Chandigarh College Of Architecture, Chandigarh
Established in 1961 under the Punjab University, this institute has a number of notable alumni to its credit. Baburam Bhattarai, the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal was one of them. Other than the classroom teaching that happens on the premises of this institute, the focus is also on the all-round development of the students. That is why the college focuses on fests and other events. The celebration of ‘Corbu Day' is among the best among the architectural colleges of the country. Some notable alumni are Sahil Kaushal, Maninder Bajwa etc.
National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirapalli
Started in the year 1980, the architecture department of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, specializes in producing professionals of exceptional calibre who take the environmental concerns into consideration while designing human structures. Another key point to be noted here is the fact that most of the students who have graduated out of this department are seen to fare very well in life.
RV College of Architecture, Bangalore
R.V. College of Architecture (RVCA), established in 1992, started off as Department of Architecture in R. V. College of Engineering (RVCE). In 1995, the department shifted to an independent new building within the RVCE campus. The department was renamed to R.V School of Architecture in 2009. In 2014, it shifted to a new campus with affiliation to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi, Karnataka. This campus is an iconic example of contemporary architecture housing Academic Block classrooms, seminar halls & studios, Administration Block and Hostel Block.
Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee
The Department of Architecture and Planning belonging to the renowned IIT Roorkee imparts high-quality education in the professional fields of Architecture and Planning. It started providing the B.Arch in 1956. The department has the singular distinction of being the first in India in instituting a Masters Degree program M. Arch. in the year 1969-70 and later another one, MURP in 1973-74. The Department has facilities like Climatology Lab, Computer Lab, and Computerized Design Studios equipped with state-of-art equipment and software, an Art Lab and a Workshop. A prestigious lab on Net Zero Emissions, set up under the INDO-UK program, is the latest addition in the department.
Birla Institute Of Technology, Mesra
The five-year architecture course at BITS Mesra is one that has been consistently excelling in terms of placements. Other than that, it also offers a post-graduate degree of masters of Urban Planning. These courses are highly appreciated by the Institute of Town Planners, India. The research facility in the college is commendable with the best of technology being made available to its students.
Nirma University, Ahmadabad
In 2003, the Nirma University was established under a special Act passed by the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly by the Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF). It is a research-oriented, student-centric, multidisciplinary, not-for-profit state private university. Since its inception, it has emerged as a nationally renowned higher education institution. The University and its constituent institutes are highly ranked by different ranking agencies.
Jamia Milia Islamia University
The central university offers a full-fledged course in architecture with the aim to train its students to develop social concern through innovation. The department offers two degree courses in architecture and five master's course. Other than this the institute also offers PhD programs in architecture.
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
The department has expertise in the field of Architectural Design Theory, Architectural Acoustics and Landscape Architecture. Students graduating out of this place are seen to take up blue collared jobs or even offer professional consultancy services, both in the private as well as the government sectors. The students have their own special interest group called the Student Society of Architecture while it is responsible for all the design and planning the college’s fests and other events. With an over 50-year-old legacy to its credit, the department has stood tall to its values.
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
The architecture course at Manipal is one of the most advanced in terms of technology. With more than 28,000 students from over 50 nations participating in the program, it is ensured that a very cosmopolitan approach to architecture is achieved. There are more than 36,000 books in the department's highly reputed library. The faculty of this institute is among the most well-reputed in the country.
Wadiyar Centre for Architecture (WCFA), Mysore
Wadiyar Centre for Architecture (WCFA) is a College of Architecture located in the heart of Mysuru or Mysore. The college is recognised by the ‘Council of Architecture’ New Delhi and is affiliated to ‘Visveswaraya Technological University’, Belgaum, Karnataka. The College is owned and managed by a team of practising Architects and Consulting Engineers in collaboration with Educationalists who have established the country’s earliest educational institutions.
SMEF’s Brick School of Architecture, Pune
The Brick School of Architecture belongs to the Brick Group Institutes of the Satish Misal Educational Foundation (SMEF). SMEF is well-equipped to deliver the most innovative methods of teaching, learning, ideation, research, and solutions for a better tomorrow. Along with learning their profession, students are also trained here in areas like critical thinking, oral and written communication, problem analysis, computer applications and many other diverse areas of design and its affiliated disciplines.
Navrachana University, Gujarat
Navrachana University was established through the Gujarat Private Universities Act, 2009 with the intent to offer superior education that befits the high educational standards of the Navrachana Educational Society in Vadodara. The University has embarked on a new educational paradigm that lays simultaneous emphasis on disciplinary education, inter-disciplinary education, professional education and general education. This paradigm is facilitated by the University’s unitary character and offers comprehensive learning and helps develop T-Shape students who have a breadth of knowledge through general and inter-disciplinary education and a depth of knowledge through focused disciplinary education.
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai
KRVIA is an initiative of the Upanagar Shikshan MandaI (USM) and one of the premier institutes for architecture in Mumbai. It offers a Bachelor’s in Architecture degree (B.Arch) and two full-time Masters Courses under the aegis of the University of Mumbai.
Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Integral University, Lucknow
Integral University is a premier university in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It was established under the Act Number 9 of 2004 by the State Government. The primary aim of the university is to enrich and support the individual in their endeavour towards the attainment of knowledge, and wisdom to apply that knowledge, in coherence with the aims and ambitions of the individual in particular and for the greater good of humankind in general.
Guwahati College of Architecture, Assam
Established in 2006, Guwahati College of Architecture (GCA) is situated in Guwahati, Assam. It is affiliated to Assam Science and Technology University. The GCA was founded by Dona Foundation in collaboration with Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environment Studies, and CEPT University. Guwahati College of Architecture is approved by Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi as well as Higher and Technical Education, Government of Assam. It offers admissions to B.Arch courses on the basis of scores in NATA or JEE.
Priyadarshini Institute Of Architecture and Design Studies, Nagpur
Priyadarshini Institute Of Architecture and Design Studies or PIADS was established in 1994 in Nagpur. It is a private institution and known to organize guest lectures by eminent speakers from all over India such as R. K. Degwekar Memorial Design Workshop and Lecture Series. The Center of Excellence of PIADS is the current headquarters of ABRA India (ABRA-i). It has an international E-Journal, Tat-Vam, which is biannual, interdisciplinary, internationally refereed e-journal of Architecture and Allied Disciplines. It is anticipated to collaboration with UNSW Sydney
Axis Institute of Architecture (AIA), Kanpur
Architecture is a fine mix of Art, Science and Technology. Axis Institute of Architecture (AIA), one amongst many institutes of the Axis Group, pioneers in technical education in this region is one of the premier institutes awarding B. Arch Degree and Diploma in Interior Design. Within a short span of time of its emergence on the scene, the institute has made tremendous strides in the field of Architectural education with all-round performance academically, socially and otherwise.
Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Punjab
Founded in the year 2004, Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture is an AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) approved institute that offers a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture program which is duly recognised by the Council of Architecture. Spread across a verdant 5-acre stretch, the University campus is one of the most beautiful architecture colleges in Punjab. The elaborate edifice offers its architecture students a plethora of design references and model buildings to help them develop their own innovative ideas. The architecture department at Chitkara is famous for its infrastructure which includes multiple state-of-the-art design studios, multimedia laboratories, audio-visual laboratories, lecture halls, a one-of-a-kind materials museum, and a library brimming with all kinds of books and reference material.
Department of architecture, D.Y.Patil College of Engineering & Technology, Kolhapur
Architecture Department is established in 1984 and recognized by ISO 9002. Today our department stands as one of the powerful body with glorious traditions of 33 years with 400 students and 51 staff. Over the years, the department has nurtured into a truly professional body, understanding the responsibility towards students and the whole society. It immensely focuses on the interaction in between student’s community.
Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA), Gurgaon
Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA) is one of the premier architectural institutions in Gurgaon. Established in the year 1989, the institute is affiliated to Ansal University, AICTE and Council of Architecture (CoA). SSAA offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in the field of Architecture. Through the alumni and faculty networks, the schools have cultivated associations with several international universities. International relationships ensure that SSAA commands its respected status within the global design community.
Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai
Rizvi College of Architecture, Maharashtra, has been allied with the Mumbai University and approval has been granted by the COA and AICTE, with a yearly intake of approx 80 students. The aim of the college is to concentrate on the socio-cultural, human, scientific, environmental and technological, philosophical and aesthetic values.
We hope this list will help the future generation of the architects to choose better for themselves and fulfil their dreams.
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