At SEA, the terms ‘environment’ and ‘architecture’ are defined in specific ways. ‘Environment’ includes larger physical and social conditions within which human life takes place while ‘architecture’ refers to the configuration of physical space through form. Space here refers to various scales (from small personal spaces within houses to larger spaces of institutions, neighbourhoods, streets, large landscapes, cities, regions, etc.) and is capable of structuring behaviour, personalities, communities, societies and life. The practice of architecture is a practice of crafting space through form, and hence life. While the larger environment sets up the imperatives for architecture, architecture in turn also constantly shapes the environment. SEA is interested in understanding and exploring processes where architecture and environment are constantly making each other.
The objectives of the B-Arch Programme at SEA are:
1. To build capacity of students in developing architectural questions and responses that are: critical in orientation; sensitive to physical, socio-economic and technological contexts; imaginative in terms of exploration and innovation; relevant in terms of engaging with discourses and technology; fostered through self-led research; and implementable in terms of realisation and buildability.
2. To develop and impart relevant courses that respond to emerging geographic, socio-economic, cultural, political and technological contexts.
3. To develop new knowledge through fostering as well as undertaking and supporting research activities in architecture and related fields
4. To act as a catalyst in societal processes through active (community) engagement with everyday issues that concern life.