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 10th June to 31st July 2015 and will be awarded on merit and reservation policy by the University. Prospectus and admission form may be may be collected from the Institute office / downloaded and submitted with relevant documents. The intake capacity is 40 seats. For more details, log on to http://ycmou.digitaluniversity.ac or click here.
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

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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.
CV of Prof. Roshni Udyavar Yehuda
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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.
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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.
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Ar. Charvie Mehta
Ar. Charvie Mehta has completed M.Arch in Environmental Architecture from the Institute in 2013. Her research work focused on ‘Rainwater harvesting : a study for potential of artificial recharge in Mumbai’. She is a Project Assistant and Research Associate at the Institute’s Design Cell and has been working on the project of preparing roadmap for ECBC implementation in Maharashtra. Charvie has also worked on projects related to rainwater harvesting and passive architecture.
Visiting Faculty

Visting Faculty
Dr. C.S. Lattoo
Environmental Architecture Theory, Semester I
M.Sc. Botany, Ph.D. Plant Ecology

“Plants play an important role in maintaining healthy environment and no architecture is aesthetically complete without plants”
Visting Faculty
Dr. S.R. Kashyap
Waste Water Management, Pollution Impact & Remedies; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester I & IV
M.Sc Biophysics, Mumbai University, 1976, Ph.D. Micro Biology, Mumbai University 1988
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Prof. Mukund Porecha
Environmental Architecture Design Studio I, Semester I
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 1984, Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2004
Visting Faculty
Mr. Surendra Shah
M.E. Mechanical, Clemson University, USA, 1961

“जीवो जीवस्य जीवनम् (Only)Life Sustains Life
All our food was either living once,
or is from a living being.
Destruction of our environment
Will cause our extinction”
Visting Faculty
Prof. Shirish Deshpande
Thermal Comfort & Passive Design II; Sustainable Building Technologies; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester II, III & IV
B.E.Chemical, D.E.I.N. LEED Accredited
Visting Faculty
Dr. Sadhana Mahashabde
Legislations for Environmental Control, Semester III
B.Sc. Science, Mumbai University, 1984, LLM Mumbai University, 2001, Ph.D. Environmental Law, Bharati Vidyapeeth University 208
Visting Faculty
Mr. Avinash Kubal
Deputy Director - Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi
M.Sc. Phy. Forestry Wild Life Management, Mumbai University
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Prof. Anil Lad
Environmental Project Management, Semester III
Deputy Commissioner, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation

M.E. Structural, L.L.M., M.N.S. IIT Mumbai, Mumbai University
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Prof. Tamar Akov
Sustainable Building Materials; Environmental Architecture Design Studio II, Semester I & II
B.A Visual Communications, M.A Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
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Prof. Sneha Taishete
Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques, Semester III
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2006, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2008
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Prof. Ankur Kulkarni
Computer Aided Design & Simulation Techniques, Semester III
M.Arch
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Prof. Prajkta Adhikari
Geographic Information System; Environmental Architecture Studio I Semester I & II
B.Arch. Pune University, 2011, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2013
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Prof. Sanjeevani Sagwekar
Environmental Architecture Design Studio III, Semester III
B.Arch. Bharati Vidyapeeth University, 2002, M.Arch., Bharati Vidyapeeth University, 2013

"Environmental Architecture, is creating spaces which are in harmony with the biodiversity on a micro as well as on a macro level, considering the thermal, water and energy balance”
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Prof. Anne Rademacher
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology, New York University
Ph.D. Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Yale University 2005; M.E.S. Environmental Studies, Yale University 1998; B.A. History, Carleton College 1992
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Prof. Manoj Parelkar
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Shivaji University, 1995, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2009

“Environmental Architecture is responsible, sensible & humane Architecture
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Dr. Apeksha Gupta
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2007, M.Sc Sustainable Building Technology (CIBSE accredited) University of Nottingham, UK, 2010, Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Cardiff University, UK, 2013

“Environmental Architects are 'green surgeons' who mitigate the impact of the built environment on natural resources”
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Prof. Ruju Rathod
Sustainable Building Design Principles II, Semester II
B.Arch. Mumbai University, 2003 M.S Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 2007
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Prof. Shanuli Gupta
Sustainable Building Design Principles; Thermal Comfort & Passive Design I, Semester I & II
B.Arch. Gautam Buddha Technical University, 2011, M.Arch. Sustainable Environment Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, 2014
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Prof. Nidhi Gupta
M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester IV
B.Arch. Mumbai University, M.Arch. Environmental Architecture, YCMOU, 2010
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Prof. Laila Sethna
Environmental Architecture Design Studio I, II, III; M.Arch. Dissertation I & II, Semester I, II, III & IV
B.Sc. Mumbai University 1985, P.G. H & R, Symbiosis University, 2001
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Prof. Sampada Khokle
Ecological Planning, Semester III
B.Tech (Arch.), Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune, 2011, M.Plan (T.P.) School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, 2013
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Dr. Leon Pereira
Environmental Architecture Theory, Semester I
Ph. D. Zoology (Toxicology), Mumbai University
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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Student Work

1.Development of a GRIHA rated Multi-user Commercial Green Building project Sem III, 2014

2.Eco - Tourism Resort at Kolad along River Kundalika, Sem II, 2014

3.Sustainable Design of Amenities at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Mumbai, Sem I, 2014
4.The Neighbourhood Project G-South Ward (collaboratively taken up with AOA, URP and G5A), Sem I, 2013
5. Design of Eco-Art Resort at Pali, off Mumbai Pune Expressway. Sem II, 2011 - 2013

6. Design of Eco - Traffic Police Chowky at Lalbaug - Byculla Flyover Junction, Sem 1 2010 - 2012

7. Design of Eco-Village at Gorad, Tansa Valley, Maharashtra. Sem 2 2010 - 2012

8. Dissertation

Events and Activities


Annual Day of PG Department – Athang 2015

The Rachana Sansad’s Postgraduate department celebrated its fourth Annual Festival Athang 2014 from 7 – 8 March 2015. The festival included sports events (indoor and outdoor), cultural programs, academic activities & annual exhibition of all 3 departments – Environmental Architecture, Construction Management and Urban & Regional Planning along-with awards for sports and academics. Best teacher awards were awarded for each semester of each stream.

semester of each stream.Mr. Rishi Aggarwal, social and environmental activist & Research Fellow, ORF was the Chief Guest and Mr. Shankar Rele, Member, Governing Council, Rachana Sansad, was the Guest of Honour at the Annual function on 8th March 2015.


Clockwise from left, Cricket Team of the Environment Department, Mr. Rishi Aggarwal being felicitated by Mr. Shankar Rele, Students and faculty at Athang 2015, RSIEA faculty, Mr. Shankar Rele and Mr. Rishi Aggarwal at the exhibition


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.











IGBC Student Chapter Conference, 21st September 2013

The Institute of Environmental Architecture following the launch of the student chapter of IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) at Rachana Sansad on 21st September 2012 organized a Student Chapter IGBC Conference at the Rachana Auditorium, on 21st September 2013. The conference was attended by students of the Academy of Architecture.


Mr. V. Suresh, Director HIRCO Project Companies, Mr. Rumi Engineer, Business Head, Green Building Consultancy Services, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd, Mr Gurmit Singh Arora, Vice Chair, IGBC - Mumbai Chapter and Ar. Sandeep Shikre along-with other key committee members of the IGBC Mumbai Chapter, spoke on the occasion. This was followed by a panel discussion.

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

Lecture by Dr. Joshua Apte on ‘Status and Measurement of Air Quality in India’, 12th December 2014

The Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture and the US Consulate General in Mumbai organized a special lecture on ‘Status and Measurement of Air Quality in India’ by Dr. Joshua Apte on 12th December 2014 at the Art Gallery, Rachana Sansad.

Dr. Joshua Apte is an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and an Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Apte is an expert on the sources and health effects of human exposure to urban air pollution. His research focuses on methods for characterizing human exposure to air pollution; high-impact strategies for reducing the energy, climate and health consequences of urban infrastructure systems; and the environmental sustainability in low-income countries.



He has worked extensively on air quality in India. In 2009-10, Dr. Apte was a Fulbright-Nehru fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a ScB from Brown University. The lecture will elaborate on the several field research projects to measure and characterize the sources and nature of human exposure to air pollution in India.

Special Lecture Series on Sustainability –Thinking Green – Way Forward, October 2014

Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a special lecture series on ‘Sustainability – Thinking Green: Way Forward’ on 4th, 11th and 18th October 2014, where experts shared their philosophy and practise.

The experts and their topics include:
  • Ar. Sonali Dhopte, Technical Director Excelize, spoke about Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Ar. Jiten Prajapati, co-author of the Handbook on Energy Conscious Architecture published by IIT Bombay & Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), presented on Passive Solar Architecture in Practice


  • Ar. Meenal Sutaria,Founder and Director Green Angle, elaborated on Design Optimization - Passive Solar Design and Sustainable Site Development
  • Mr. Srikrishna Bhagwat,Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for Solid Waste Management (SWM) for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) from 2003 to 2007, explained Urban Solid Waste Management - Pollution and Remediation


  • Mr. Vivek Gilani,Founder/ Director of cBalance Solutions Hub, discussed Efficient and Natural Air Conditioning for Buildings.
  • Ar. Sulakshana Mahajan,Urban Planning Consultant at Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), elaborated on Ecological History of India: Culture & Architecture in India in the context of Environmental conditions


Building Simulation using IES VE - Training Workshop for Architects & Engineers, 7 - 8 August and 29 – 30 May 2014

Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture in association with Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) organized a 2-day ‘Building Simulation / Energy Modelling Training Workshop’ for Architects, Engineers and Energy & Environment enthusiasts, at Rachana Sansad on 7th & 8th August and 29th & 30th May 2014.

The training covered 3D Modelling within IES, importing from other BIM tools like Sketchup and Revit, Lighting Analysis (Artificial and Daylight), Thermal and Energy Analysis, Basics of HVAC plant & control networks for a building and Natural Vent Analysis.

Seminar on ‘Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics, Mumbai, 22nd February 2014

The Institute of Environmental Architecture organized seminar on ‘Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics at Rachana Sansad on 22nd February 2014 in collaboration with FLIR.

Topics included Building Physics, Properties Of Building Materials and Thermal Imaging Applications in Buildings. There were more than 75 registered participants for this workshop.

Two day workshop on ‘Nature and Architecture’ ENVIRO-RYLA 2 - Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Badlapur in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar Sapna Garden, 8 – 9 February 2014

The Institute of Environmental Architecture organizeda two day workshop on ‘Nature and Architecture’ ENVIRO-RYLA 2 Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Badlapur in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar Sapna Garden on 8 – 9 February 2014. Co-Hosts included RC Ulhasnagar Main, RC Vithalwadi, RC Kalyan, RC Ulhasnagar East.

The two-day session included several lectures and outdoor activities. The lectures included Green Management, Insects and Buildings, Geology & Rainwater Harvesting and Communication Tools. Students of Semester II took part in a debate on Sustainable Building Materials. The second day began with Nature Trail with Dr.Lattoo and Dr. Leon Periera followed by Yoga lessons and presentation by various speakers. Certificates were presented to all students who participated.




3-day ‘GRIHA Evaluators and Trainers Programme’ in Mumbai, 29 – 31 October 2013

Association for Development and Research on Sustainable Habitat (ADaRSH) in collaboration with Rachana Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture (RSIEA) organized 3-Day Full Time 'GRIHA Evaluators and Trainers Programme' in Mumbai, 29th – 31st October. The training targeted Building Professionals, Architects, Engineers, Developers and Environment Consultants for enhancing knowledge on Green Buildings and Sustainable Habitat. Faculty for the workshop was from TERI, ADaRSH and pool of GRIHA certified Evaluators. At the end of three days, an examination for GRIHA certification for Evaluators and Trainers was conducted.




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.


Mr. V. Suresh addressing the audience at Seminar


Mr. V. Suresh

Workshop on ‘Teaching and Research: Learning,Experimentation, Evaluation and Ethos’, Mumbai,19th April 2013

Rachana Sansad’s Institute of Environmental Architecture organized a one-day workshop on ‘Teaching and Research: Learning, Experimentation, Evaluation and Ethos’ on 19 April 2013. The workshop was conducted by Dr. R.K. Pandit, Professor and Head, MITS, Gwalior.

The workshop meant for the teaching fraternity, received positive response from teachers from a number of educational institutions both in Mumbai and beyond. A total of 32 participants includingvarious faculty of the Academy of Architecture, School of Fashion & Textile Design, Project Management Institute and Institute of Environmental Architecture as well faculty from Pillai’s College of Architecture, Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture & Design, D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Viva College and Rizvi college of

Architecture, participated in the workshop.Dr. Pandit also conducted a workshop for students of all three PG departments of Rachana Sansad, on ‘Communicative Research’ on 20 April 2013.

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.

Faculty and Students of Eindhoven University and Institute of Environmental Architecture


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:

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.

Study Tour to Chennai - Auroville for students of Semester I, 3rd – 7th November 2014

Study Tour to Chennai - Auroville for students of Semester I (9th – 13th November 2012)



Film on Study Tour to Auroville 2012

Student testimony

Auroville - The Experimental Township by Ar. Sunanda Satwah, Sem I, December 2014

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

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

Brilliant in Baroda by Ar. Sunanda Satwah, Sem II, March 2

Study Tour and workshop on Sustainable Building Technologies at Anangpur and New Delhi for students of Semester II (27th March to 1st April 2013)

The Rachana Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture conducted a Study Trip to Anangpur and New Delhi from 27th March to 1st April 2013. This included a 3-day workshop in Anangpur, Faridabad from 29th to 31st March 2013, and a trip to three sites on 1st April 2013. The workshop was organized for Masters Students of Environmental Architecture (Semester II) in line with their subject of Sustainable Building Technologies.

Hands-On Workshop on Sustainable Building Technologies at Anangpur

Building Center (ABC) by Ar. Anil Laul from 29 – 31 March 2013:
The hands-on workshop organized by Anangpur Building Center included theory as well as practical work for students and faculty which covered the following technologies:
  • Construction of Funicular Shell Roof
  • Creating Ram lochan tile (non-erodible surface)
  • Creating blocks out of paper mache and fly ash
  • Flat arch and Round Arch construction
  • Construction of Geodesic Dome based on Icasohedron
  • Construction of light weight structures

Visit to Sites in Gurgaon and New Delhi on 1st April 2013:

On 1st April, the Institute organized a visit to Gurgaon and New Delhi to visit the following sites:
  • TERI Retreat green building, Gurgaon
  • Development Alternatives World Award Winning mud structure (Headquarters) in New Delhi
  • Mirambika school and Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi.

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
Email : envarch.rachana@gmail.com