Staff Reporter

IIA-Anchor Awards-2006 function in Hyderabad today

  • Online aptitude test in architecture to be held on March 12
  • Cases filed against agencies adopting non-architectural forms

    HYDERABAD: The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Andhra Pradesh Chapter, Council of Architects (COA) and National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA) on Friday emphasised the need for trained architects in the country and the ignorance among public at large over making use of their services.

    Speaking to reporters, D.T. Vinod Kumar, Chairman, The Indian Institute of Architects, Andhra Pradesh Chapter said: "There is a lot of building activity going on in Hyderabad but involvement of architects with a full five-year training is minimal.

    In fact, we have filed cases against the Housing Board, State Health Department and LIC for accepting non-architectural forms to design their buildings." Meanwhile, the organisation will be holding a function for giving IIA-Anchor Awards 2006 for senior architects of the State on Saturday in Hyderabad. "Though an annual event for members of the chapter, this year the event has been clubbed with Council of Architecture Thesis Awards Programme," said Mr. Kumar. Called the National Awards for Excellence in Architectural Thesis (2006), the award has been instituted by Council of Architecture (COA) and NIASA, an academic unit of COA for final year B.Arch. students for the academic year 2006. An exhibition of the 10 final projects will also be on at Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) till Saturday, for public scrutiny. "Public participation is important for us as the design is ultimately used by them. Hence, the presentations of all the finalists will be put to public scrutiny apart from national jury," said COA president Vijay Sohoni. The national jury would consist of senior Indian architects. It was also informed that National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), an online test that was limited only to the unaided architecture colleges in India, would now be expanded to all architectural colleges, which were some 140 in number. The test would begin on March 12.