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 SSAA FacTOR - a unique training programme for faculty and researchers of the Built Environment (architecture, design and planning) under the aegis of Sushant School of Art and Architecture, announces the launch of its Advanced-level course titled ‘Write here, Write now: A workshop on Writing and Research in Architecture, Design and Planning from 24-28 February 2020.

The Five-day workshop (schedule attached) intends to develop research thinking and critical writing in the field of Architecture, its related disciplines and History. We aim at
· Understanding what is research in the Built Environment – how to generate / create a proposal
· Understanding what to publish based on Where to publish – impact factor discussions, citing vs. mentions/ conference papers vs. refereed journals
· Understanding Research Methodologies
· Developing Methods to help students develop research topics for dissertations and seminars (for faculty)

Intended Outcomes:
· Structuring of a chosen research topic into an abstract and the basic outlines of the paper
· Assignment of a Mentor to each researcher for the development of the paper through the next part of the course (to be conducted online)
· Facilitating the publication of the research paper in journals including SSAA’s Peer Reviewed Journal Veranda: Journal of Sushant School of Art and Architecture.


All Early-career researchers and faculty in the areas of Architecture, Built Environment, Urban Studies, History of Architecture, Design and allied fields.

Workshop Leaders:
Prof Peter Scriver, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, Australia
Peter Scriver is a founding member of the Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, where he has taught Modern Architectural History, Theory and Design and directed postgraduate research since 1996. Scriver is a critical authority on the architectural history of modern India. His theoretical interests focus on cultural and cognitive relationships between architecture, building, planning and urban design, and the institutional frameworks and professional networks in which these disciplines operate. In addition to his pioneering work on postcolonial India, Scriver is also an expert on colonial modernity. His extensive historical research on the British Indian Department of Public Works has examined its instrumental role in the propagation and institutionalisation of modern architectural and engineering knowledge in colonial India and beyond. His on-going work on transnational professional networks and exchanges of architectural knowledge and expertise -- between Australia and Asia in particular -- continues to contribute to critical scholarship on colonial and modern architectural history, and the broader cultural, institutional and political-economic frameworks of its production. His previous books include Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (Routledge, 2007), and After the Masters: Contemporary Indian Architecture (Mapin, 1990) and India: Modern Architectures in History (London: Reaktion, 2015.

Dr Vibhuti Sachdev, Professor and Dean, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University.
Dr Sachdev, currently Dean at SSAA and Director, Architecture, Planning and Design Schools, Ansal University, is an authority on Vastu Vidya (India’s traditional architectural theory). Many of her publications concern this or related knowledge systems, and their expression in architecture and art. She has worked extensively on the city of Jaipur, focusing on its architecture and craft traditions. Of the four books she has written, she is the co-author of two books on the city. Building Jaipur (2002) uses Jaipur as a test case for exploring changes in planning theory and practice in India between the pre-colonial and post-modern eras. Jaipur City Palace (2008) discusses both the visual and social cultures of the city’s primary former royal residence. Since publishing these books, Dr Sachdev has been a consultant on the restoration of the Jal Mahal in Jaipur, was the design curator for the artwork of its pavilions and the co-curator of the exhibition ‘Painted Pleasures’. Her latest book is on the Festivals at the Jaipur Court.

Mehbuba Tune Uzra, PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide
Mehbuba Tune Uzra is currently a PhD Researcher at the School of Architecture and Built Environment in The University of Adelaide in Australia and a Lecturer at the Department of Architecture in North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from where she earned her five-year professional B.Arch. degree. As a practising architect alongside her academic career, she is a Founding Partner of INSPACE atelier, established in Dhaka in the year 2013 upon returning from Germany, where she received her MA in Architecture from Dessau International Architecture Graduate School am Bauhaus, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. As a PhD candidate at the Centre of Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), Mehbuba has focused her research on residential architecture and water issues based in Dhaka, 1950 – 2000. Within the CAMEA, she is conducting a multidisciplinary research bridging anthropology and architectural history with Associate Professor Peter Scriver as her principal supervisor.

Parul Garg Munjal, Associate Professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University.
Parul Munjal heads the two year 'Masters of Architecture in Built Heritage' programme at the School. She is a Conservation Architect with 14 years of experience in industry and academia. Munjal is Editor of ‘Context: Built, Living and Natural’, an internationally refereed Journal. She has worked on a number of World Heritage Dossiers along with plans for conservation, management and interpretation of heritage sites in India. With a strong orientation towards interdisciplinary research, Munjal has published widely in journals of repute, in the areas of heritage conservation, community based approach and heritage tourism. The focus of her PhD research was on built heritage of small and medium towns in Gurgaon District.

Rs 4000.00 for AU Visiting Faculty and Alumni and Rs. 6000 for participants from outside AU.

1. CV
2. Proforma duly filled
3. Basic outline of area of research interest (100 words) and personal outcome that you might be looking for (a research paper/ PhD synopsis/ etc)

Last date of Application: 21 February 2020
Announcement of Selected Applications: 22 February 2020
Last date of Receipt of Payment (by cheque/ Cash): 24 February 2020
Workshop Dates: 24 - 28 February 2019

Attending FDP is an added advantage for your profile and we request interested faculty to apply. Please fill in the attached proforma and submit in 21 February 2020. Final selection of faculty according to their experience, for respective courses will be done by the SSAA FacTOR committee. We invite you to nominate faculty/ researchers to this workshop. Please also circulate to your colleagues, associates and contacts. Please see details in the attached poster.

For queries and clarifications, please contact:
Prof Amrita Madan: 9810045191 |

On an additional note, this workshop will also be an occasion to launch Veranda: Volume 2. We invite all to be present for the Launch on 28 February @1pm at SSAA E Block, Ansal University.