School of Architecture, Urban Development and Planning

With an unprecedented growth in population in India coupled with large scale urbanization, the scope for Architecture, Urban Development & Planning is ever expanding.

The proportion of urban population in India has witnessed an exponential increase and according to the Indian Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), it is anticipated to reach close to 600 million by 2031. India needs to strengthen its urban infrastructure. The Architects & Urban Planners of tomorrow will have to grapple these challenges of the Indian eco-system.

The current trend for budding architects is to look into different methods of architectural design, and just how beneficial these traditional and modern means are when it comes down to actually creating or modelling a structure. Current trends in architecture also help students in narrowing down on their field of choice. The current scenario works on different kinds of influences. Although the traditional forms of designing are still widespread, contemporary forms such as the use of digital architecture, parametric architecture and landscape urban theories are becoming popular for different projects. There is also a huge shift from the use of drawing and sketching of structures to the use of digital platforms, and how they help in achieving newer and cleaner methods of design.

Architecture is the art and science of conceptualising and designing residential, office, industrial, and other buildings. As such, architects have to assume responsibility for planning and designing functionally sound, aesthetically appealing structures in harmony with their environment and within the boundaries of approved project budgets.

Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of the Indian economy has generated huge demand for business and residential premises, especially in urban India, with investment in the real estate market slated to grow from $14 billion to $102 billion (₹ 408,000 crore) per year during the next decade. Moreover with growing public awareness that urban habitats need to be neat, well-laid out living spaces, the demand for professionally trained architects is growing exponentially.

Approved by Council of Architecture. Registration no. MH101

Architecture is an exciting discipline for those who have a penchant for aesthetics and creativity with a desire to create real world environments.

Students at SSOU will be trained to pursue architecture as a humanistic and professional discipline. Eventually, the course will help enhance intellectual capabilities, simulate sensitivity and observation power, unveil and nurture creative talents and develop proficiency in professional and interpersonal skills. The program also aims to make the student understand the architectural design process and attain proficiency in architectural design, as one of the core subject with supportive inputs of other subjects as per curriculum. It will also help to acquire an understanding of the determinants of built environment; such as social imperatives, environmental concerns, structural principles and the art of designing buildings.

During the course the student will be exposed to the components of a building and process of building construction, judicious use of materials; technology, skills and equipment’s used in transformation of concepts to reality. It will also provide the required exposure to environmental support systems as they apply to build environment. The aspects cover climatology, environmental control, energy efficiency and alternative methods of energy use and its conservation, integration of renewable energy systems.

Construction training yard for providing practical experience in scaffolding, tiling and brick laying will also be set up on the campus. Specialized skill training labs for Piping & Plumbing, Lighting & Acoustics, Smart Homes etc are also planned.

Program Structure of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

Architectural Design Foundation - IArchitectural Design Foundation - II
Building Technology & Materials - IBuilding Technology & Materials - II
Architectural Graphics - IArchitectural Graphics - II
HumanitiesHistory of Architecture - I
Skill based Elective / Workshop -ISkill based Elective / Workshop -II
Structural systems & Design-IStructural systems & Design-II
ClimatologySociology / Anthropology
Theory of Design - ITheory of Design - II
Computer Application - IComputer Application - II
Communication Skills-ICommunication Skills -II
Architectural Design - IArchitectural Design II
Building Technology & Materials - IIIBuilding Technology & Materials-IV
Landscape Architecture -IWorking Drawing-I
Architectural Graphics -IIISpecial Skills Workshop -IV
History of Architecture -IIStructural systems & design -IV
Special Skills Workshop -IIIBuilding Services -I
Structural systems & design-IIITheory of Design -IV
Surveying & LevellingSpecialized Studio/Digital Design
Theory of Design-IIIComputational Design Studio-II
Computational Design Studio-IPersonal Enhancement Skills-II
Personal Enhancement Skills -I
Architectural Design IIIArchitectural Design IV
Building Technology & Materials-V Building Technology & Materials-VI
Environmental StudiesClimatology-II
Working Drawing-IIWorking Drawing-III
History of Architecture- IV History of Architecture- V
Special Skills Workshop -VSpecial Skills Workshop -VI
Structural systems & design-V Structural systems & design-VI
Building Services-IIBuilding Services-III
Design Research-IDesign Research-II
Computational Design Studio-III Computational Design Studio-IV
Professional Competency Skills-I Professional Competency Skills-II
Architectural Design VArchitectural Design VI
Advanced Building Technology & Materials-IAdvanced Building Technology & Materials-II
Professional Practice-IProfessional Practice-II
Specification Writing-ISpecification Writing-II
Town Planning-ITown Planning-II
Skill based elective -ISkill based elective -II
Quantity Surveying & Estimating-I Quantity Surveying & Estimating-II
Building Services-IVBuilding Economics
Dissertation & Seminar-IDissertation & Seminar-II
Computational Design Studio-V Computational Design Studio-VI
Practical Training Thesis
Skill based elective -II
Disaster Management

Developing nations shoulder the responsibility of providing housing, infrastructure and sound institutions in education, health and related sectors. It's within this space that architecture is gaining rapid recognition and due importance in both urban and peri-urban areas. There are several challenges as well but the growth potential is enormous. Besides, there have been several leading international architectural firms that have set up shop in India in the last decade.

Graduating architects can follow interesting avenues in planning, such as regional or city planning for government boards. They can also consider conducting research in cities like Mumbai for redevelopment purposes, and the data they collect is sent to civic bodies such as the MMRDA for future city planning. There is tremendous scope for urban design in rural areas and areas that are reserved for affordable housing. The scope for transportation planning is also wide.