Introduction
Background:
The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture is part of the postgraduate wing of the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. It was established in 2002 following an international seminar on Sustainable Architecture and Design in 1998 organized by the Academy of Architecture in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Future (IISF), Mumbai. The convenors, Dr. Rashmi Mayur and Prof. S.H.Wandrekar felt the need then to establish a program for architects to be trained in environmental design and management. The idea came to fruition in November 2002 under the leadership of Prof. Nishi Phondge who started a postgraduate diploma course in environmental architecture recognized by the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education. With 7 students to start with, the Institute has now 2 full batches of 20 students each undergoing a two-years Masters program in Environmental Architecture under the auspices of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik and recognized by the Council of Architecture, a full-fledged Research & Design Cell, four full-time and 35 visiting faculty members. It is recognized as a pioneer in the field.

Vision:
When architects construct buildings, it has an impact on the environment. It affects the ecology of the place, disturbs the flora and fauna, changes the course of water bodies, pollutes the air and depletes finite natural resources. Is such destruction imminent and inevitable? We don’t think so.
At the Institute of Environmental Architecture, we believe that the architect’s primary role is ‘stewardship’ of the land & environment. It is in establishing the intrinsic co-relation between human beings and the rest of the natural world, that the architect’s creative abilities are realized. Our philosophy has evolved from the all-encompassing sacred Banyan tree – that has been an integral part of our campus, our logo and our values.

Environmental Design:
The Institute equips professionals with skills essential for environmental design. Its two years Masters Program recognized by the Council of Architecture and conducted under the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, is designed to cater to working professionals. The key subjects include:
  • Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
  • Thermal Comfort & Passive Design
  • Environmental Pollution & Remediation
  • Urban Ecology & Environmental Planning
  • Ecological Landscape Design
  • Geographic Information System
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Water and Waste Management
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Environmental Law
  • Green Buildings - Standards and Certifications
  • Environmental Project Management

Activities:
The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture conducts environmental projects and public awareness in addition to the academic programs. These include seminars and training programs on various subjects such as green architecture, eco-housing technical criteria, eco-friendly building materials, rainwater harvesting and several others. In addition, the Institute organizes free sapling distribution program annually and rainwater harvesting competition, Harvest to Harness (2004- 08), which documented and created awareness on this issue. The Institute represented by its Head of Department was part of a team selected by the USAID to study Green Buildings in the US in October 2004 and was also a consulting member of the team drafting eco-housing criteria for the Municipalities of Mumbai and Pune in 2005-07.

The Research and Design Cell of the Institute provides independent consultancy wherein a team of students guided by faculty members undertakes projects. Some past projects include Ecotourism projects in Sawantwadi, Restoration of Charolette lake at Matheran, Dahisar River Restoration Project, Environment Improvement Projects in slums such as Behrampada and Mahatma Phule Nagar, Mumbai, & Rainwater harvesting for several housing societies and corporate houses including HPCL, Mumbai office.

Academic Program
M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture)
The M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture) program is a 2-year Masters Program affiliated to the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik and recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA), New Delhi. It is conducted in 'Full time face to face counseling mode' over four semesters of 15 – 18 weeks each (with approximately 20 hours of contact sessions per week).

Admissions:
Admissions for Semester I will be from 5th July to 5th August and will be awarded on merit and reservation policy by the University. Prospectus and admission forms may be collected from the Institute office and submitted with relevant documents. The intake capacity is 40 seats. For more details, log on to http://ycmou.digitaluniversity.ac & click here see admissions

Eligibility:
B.Arch or equivalent from a recognized University with min 50% aggregate in the final year.

Upcoming Short Courses

Course title: Training for Design Builder Software
Duration: 10 days
Days: (Weekdays – 2 hrs per day)
(Weekend – 4 hrs per day)
Admission Eligibility: Architects, Engineers and Environment Consultants
Recognized by: Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture
Course content:
1. Sustainable sites
2. Water Efficiency
3. Energy & Atmosphere
4. Indoor Environment Quality
5. Materials & Resources
6. Innovations & others

Course title: Energy Efficient Buildings
Duration: 12 weeks (120 hrs)
(Saturday & Sunday – 6 hrs per day)

Admission Eligibility: Architects, Engineers and Environment Consultants
Recognized by: Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture & Bureau of Energy Efficiency (ECO III project)
Course content: Basic Buildings Physics
Energy Requirements in buildings
Energy Efficiency
Energy modeling & simulation
Project & Site Visits
CURRICULUM Of M.Arch.
(Environmental Architecture)
Sem1 Environment Architecture Theory (CP2) Climate & Geography (CP2) Sustainable building design principles I (CP4) Sustainable building materials (CP4) 1. Pollution Impact & Remedies OR
2. Waste water Management (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio I (CP8)
Sem2 Thermal Comfort & Passive Design I (CP2) Quantitative Research Methods (CP2) Sustainable building design principles II (CP4) Sustainable building technology (CP4) 1.Geographic Information System OR
2.Terrain Assessment and Mapping (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio II (CP8)
Sem3 Thermal Comfort & Passive Design II (CP2) Legislations for Environmental Control (CP2) Ecological Planning (CP4) Environmental Management (CP4) 1.Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques OR
2. Intelligent Buildings (CP4)
Environmental Architectural Design Studio III (CP8)
Sem4 M. Arch. Dissertation I (CP 8) M. Arch. Dissertation Stage II (CP 16)

CP = Credit Point (Each credit point equals about 30 hours of learning by student, 10-15 hours of contact sessions based on whether it is theory or Sessional term work (STW) or Sessional Viva (SV) subject, and 25 marks in end exam)

For more information about the course, click here
People
The Department is associated with a highly interdisciplinary faculty having expertise in subjects as diverse as botany to geology and electrical engineering to environmental psychology. The Core Faculty comprises of the following people:

Core Faculty
Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda
Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda is Head of Department of the Institute since June 2003. She was earlier Head, Sustainability Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Future (IISF), Mumbai. She is also Jt. Editor, Evergreen RACHANA, Rachana Sansad’s quarterly magazine. Roshni is a practicing architect and has a partnership firm Enviro-Arch, dedicated to Environmental Architecture projects.

Prof. Rajeev Taishete
Prof. Rajeev Taishete has more than 25 years of experience in architectural practise and more than 12 years of experience in the educational field. He has completed PG Diploma in Environmental Architecture and M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture) from the Institute. He is in-charge of studio for three semesters of the program. and oversees the work of the Design Cell of the Institute.

Dr. Ashok Joshi
Prof. Dr. Ashok Joshi has a doctorate in Environmental Science and Masters in Zoology. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching. Dr. Joshi guides students in their dissertation work and is overall in-charge of research.

Prof. Mukund Porecha
Prof. Mukund Porecha has more than 15 years of experience in architectural practise and more than 7 years of experience in the educational field. He has completed PG Diploma in Environmental Architecture from the Institute. He is coordinates the activities of the Research & Design Cell.

Click here to view list of Visiting Faculty

General Information

Classrooms:
The Program is conducted in air-conditioned classrooms equipped with plug points for laptops and display boards. LCD projector and laptop are provided for lecture and student presentations & seminars.

Library:
The Institute has a unique collection of about 800 books placed in the Central Library of Rachana Sansad in the Environmental Architecture Section. Dissertation works of past students are also available. To see a list of books available under this section, click here. Students enrolled for the course are also allowed access to all the books of Rachana Sansad’s Central Library.

Computer Lab:
The Institute has a Computer Lab dedicated to the Postgraduate Department equipped with 14 computers. Specialized software loaded in the lab computers include GRAM ++ GIS software, Design Builder building simulation software and Ecotect.

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  Events and Activities

Seminar on Ecological Impact of Modern Architecture on Sparrows and Birds on occasion of World Sparrow Day 2014

To celebrate and mark the World Sparrow Day 2014, Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a seminar on ‘Ecological Impact of Modern Architecture on Sparrows and Birds’ on 14 March 2014 at the Rachana Auditorium, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Maharashtra Nature Park Society, Nature Forever Society and the BrihanMumbai Center of the Indian Institute of Architects. It was attended by architects, students of architecture and environment, nature lovers and people from all walks of society. An exhibition of rare pictures of 26 different Sparrow Species were on display as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Avinash Kubal, Dy. Director, Maharashtra Nature Park Society stated: “Small Birds such as sparrows play an important role in controlling insect population as they feed their young ones with them.” Mohammad Dilawar, President, Nature Forever Society stated: “Sparrows like Tigers, are umbrella species; maintaining sizable numbers of their population means a healthy ecosystem.” He pointed out the cause of sparrow deaths through transparent or tinted glass facades which give the birds a wrong impression leading to their death from clashing on to them. The large-scale use of non-native vegetation in urban landscapes, he stated, also creates desert-like situation, on which native birds and insects do not feed.

The seminar emphasized on multi-displinary research amongst architects, engineers and conservationists to find better solutions for an inclusive urban ecosystem which fosters the growth of birds through urban biodiversity.











Cycling through Aarey on World Environment Day 2012

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2012, Rachna Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a cycling tour in Aarey.

The Cycling tour took cyclists around a 5 km scenic ride of Aarey including a 'rest spot' in 'Panchvati', a garden exclusively maintained by the senior citizens club of

Aarey colony. The garden has fruit-bearing trees which have resulted in a return of avi-fauna in the area.

Aarey is home to over 126 species of butterflies, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians, 34 species of wild flowers, 16 species of mammals, 5 species of scorpions and several species of spiders.

  

Nature Walk at Aarey Colony on World Earth Day 2011

On the occasion of International Earth Day, a Nature Walk was organized by Rachna Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture in the lush green environs of Mumbai's Aarey Colony.

The walk, which had over 150 participants, including 35 children, were taken around Aarey Colony by Dr C. S. Lattoo, renowned botanist. The walk covered various species of trees that have existed there for several years, explaining their benefits, bio-diversity, association with animals, insects, birds and their intrinsic role in the web of life.

The walkers were taken on a forest trail by researchers, ZeeshanMirza& Rajesh Sanap, who explained about the colony which is home to no less than 126 species of butterflies, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians, 34 species of wild flowers, 16 species of mammals, five species of scorpions and several species of spiders.

The walk which was announced on Facebook page on "Save Aarey Milk Colony" (http://www.causes.com/causes/482355) having a community of more than 8000 members, attracted many professionals, parents and children join the walk. The walk began at 7.30 am on Friday, 22 April 2011 and was held for a duration of 2 hours.

  Workshops and Seminars

Seminar on Building Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development, 24 August 2013

The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a workshop at Rachana Auditorium with Mr. V. Suresh, Director HIRCO Project Companies on 24th August 2013 on Sustainable Building Materials and Technologies.

Mr. V. Suresh has been the former Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO as well as Vice Chairman, National Building Code of India 2005.

below pic : Mr. V. Suresh addressing the audience at Seminar



Design Studio Session with students and faculty of Building Physics & Services, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 19th – 20th May 2012

The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized an interactive studio session with master’s students and faculty of Building Physics & Services, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands from 19th to 20th May 2013.

There were presentations by students and faculty of Eindhoven University as well as presentations of Architectural Design Studio by students of Semester II, which were reviewed and discussed by all.

below pic : Faculty and Students of Eindhoven University and Institute of Environmental Architecture

Seminar on Indoor Air Quality in collaboration with Environmental Management Center, 28th February 2012

Enviro - RYLA, KasgaonBadlapur, 10th - 11th December 2011

Building Physics Workshop 2010
Organized in collaboration with USAID ECO III with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Vienna University of Technology & Sir J.J. College of Architecture, 9 – 13 August 2010, Rachana Auditorium & Seminar Hall, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.





  Study Tours

  Film on Study Tour to Auroville 2012

Study Tour to Chennai-Auroville

The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture conducts its annual study tour for students of Semester I of the M.Arch. Program in Environmental Architecture to Chennai and Auroville during the month of November.

The study tour includes visits to green buildings in Chennai and a 5-day workshop on Sustainable Habitats organized jointly with the Center for Scientific Research, Auroville.

Other visits include Crocodile Park, Dakshin Chitra and Mahabalipuram temples.

Student testimony

Simple and Conscious Living at Auroville by Ar. AkshayKorlekar, Sem I, December 2011

The Auroville Experience by Ar. Netramohan Changmai, Sem I, December 2012 and others (Ar. Deepika Ramshetty, Ar. Sunil Jadhav,Ar. Amruta Randive)

Study Tour to Ahmedabad

The Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a study tour for its Semester III students of Masters program in Environmental Architecture from 26 – 28 October 2012.

The study tour included:
  • Visit to Step wells near Ahmedabad
  • Tour of Environmental Sanitation Institute by Ar. Yatin Pandya
  • Visit to Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad
  • Visit to Torrent Research Center designed by Abhikram (Ar. Nimesh Patel and Parul Zhaveri)
  • Visit to Gulmohar Golf Green Club by Abhikram (Ar. Nimesh Patel and Parul Zhaveri)
  • Presentation on the Sabarmati Riverfront Development at HCP office by Ar. Aswathi Dilip
  • Tour of CEPT Building Energy Efficiency Center and presentations by Prof. Rajan Rawal and Prof. YatinPandya
  • Visit to Hussain Doshi Gufa
  • Visit to Pol housing in old Ahmedabad
  • Visit to Manav Sadhana Kendra designed by Ar. Yatin Pandya
Student testimony

Ahmedabad Study Tour Recollections by Ar. Meghna Gill, Sem III, December 2012
Contact Us

Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture
Post Graduate Department, 6th floor,
278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Behind Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai : 400 025.
Tel No. 24301024 ext. 601
Fax No. 24301724
Mobile : 9930276097
Email :academy_architecture@yahoo.com/
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