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Benny Kuriakose and his take on Architectural Education

September 16, 2020, 6:30:00 PM

This is the second edition of a two-part interview with renowned Indian Architectural Designer Dr. Benny Kuriakose about sustainable design, broadcast on the podcast of Arch Gyan. His knowledge of architectural conservation and vernacular architecture provides us with insight in this episode. He discusses his thoughts on architectural education with us and questions whether five years of study are worth it. Then, in an interesting turn of events, he shares with us his thoughts on the Central Vista Project and how to approach designing for unusual thinking.

Generally speaking, vernacular architecture refers to a type of regional construction that makes use of traditional materials, techniques, and resources from the region in which the project is located. The setting and distinctive physical and cultural features of the region serve as one of his main sources of inspiration, particularly when it comes to the topic of sustainability. Benny Kuriakose views himself as an interpreter of this knowledge, creating and modernising these notions. It is an excellent source of information since it is so heavily influenced by the environment and the local ecology.

He explains the techniques implemented in architecture and how design should change life.

He discussed his ideas on how to enhance the five-year architecture program's curriculum and learning outcomes. He offered advice on how to succeed as an architect or engineer as well as motivation for recent graduates to succeed. He continues by saying that despite all the obstacles, it's crucial to produce high-quality work if you want to succeed in your work. It is crucial to continue learning at all times. They must understand that information is their most powerful tool. The seed of knowledge must be planted in order for it to mature into a large tree. He continues by stating that there are no quick cuts to hard labour and that it must be used in the proper manner.

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