Half a decade is quite a long period in a human’s life. And that is the time that an architecture student spends learning architecture during his/ her college years. It’s very important that one gain as much knowledge and learnings in the field of architecture for practice and to develop his skills in the future. And we at AMSAA aim to do that in every aspect. The faculty at AMS work on attaining the best from each student. They also pool experts in the field for lectures and seminars which will give the students an opportunity to learn more about the subjects which will later help them during their practice. AMSAA was the first institution to conduct Placements for final-year students and many of the students have been placed at reputed firms. The campus environment, the faculties, and the management are very student-friendly. The institute intends to continue the same for the upcoming years to support the students in achieving great heights
Academics - Student's Works
First Year Studio: (First Semester)
Foundational Design Studio
The objectives of the design were to give an understanding of design as creating form towards a purpose at various scale, to enable exploration of the universal visual, experiential and cognitive aspects of design through engaging elements and principles of form, to give an insight into the ways in which form/morphology and use/effect can come together.
These objectives were achieved through a series of detailed design problems which started with the exploration of points, line and planes. Continued by unique and explorative design problems like “Dimensional design”, “Spacescape”, “Nexus”, Imaginative drawing and culminated with an observatory and analysis-based problem named “Design thinking” which involved the cognitive mapping of a selected site followed by an “Empathetic Design” as its proposal.
The whole structure and process of the subject emphasized on the grasping value of students and introduces 2D to 3D evolution as a smooth process along with applying human centric values. These were achieved though fun and interactive studio environment and outdoor visits.
First Year Studio: (Second Semester)
Building designs have moulded through millennia, relentlessly adapting to our needs, essentially, and our ever-expanding lives. Houses went from being a territorial necessity to a lifestyle definition, and yet the meaning of the word ‘home’ has remained constant. Through the passage of time, we have been seeking homes that respond to our innate humanness and our instincts. From being a space where we seek shelter, and comfort, a state of constancy and permanence, housing designs have evolved to a colossal extent over time. Especially the modern ‘bungalows’ have seen a myriad of classifications, along with transformation, in terms of design, style, form, materials, and construction.
With an aim to address the above questions, this Exercise seeks to understand your idea of a house design, in the context of the site. It encourages participants to rethink the basic functionality of the house according to the profession and to have a proper understanding of Human Anthropometrics.
Second Year Studio: (Third Semester)
The selected village for the proposed rural study was well nestled in between the paleolithic sites, reserved forests, Poondi reservoir and Kosasthalaiyar River. The study and documentation were aimed at understanding how Vernacular Architectural dwellings, clusters and settlements are built in response to their natural setting, social and cultural life, climate, and locally available materials along with dissecting relations to its Paleolithic history. This study explored how rural communities shape their environment and their environment shapes their way of life.
The process of data collection involved students being divided into 4 groups namely – Physical, Socio Economic, Housing Typology and Visuals. Each group had to collect data pertaining to their respective topic through live site studies conducted for about 6 days. The compilation and Analysis of the data collected by the students helped in understandingthe village’s current scenario, the issues faced by the villagers and related proposals were provided to mitigate those issues.
Second Year Studio: (Fourth Semester)
The school design adopted a systematic approach with MONTESSORI EDUCATION as core curriculum in teaching. The main objective of the design was to make the students understand the user needs and provide design responses, to nurture the sense of proportion of the built environment. The ability to perceive, understand and represent fundamental attributes of form-space with respect to human experience and use was given priority. The design study was approached with the case study of “Abacus Montessori School” at Chennai, designed by Architect Laurie baker. Literature studies with respect to school design gave students an exposure to functional approach methodologies. Two different sites, Pallikaranai&Avadi were given to the students for the school design. The Montessori curriculum itself aided the students to explore the form – space relationships in design.
Third Year Studio: (Fifth Semester)
Students were to design Residential Infrastructural Development based on their preliminary Urban study where the students were split into groups based on the areas of Manapakkam , Sholliganallur , Tambaram and Mogappair . After the preliminary study they were able to figure out what kind of typologies were needed in the respective sites and came with typologies like 4bhk, 3bhk , 2bhk , 1 bhk and worked on the master plan on the basis of sustainability and move ahead to their design detailing.
Fourth Year Studio: (Seventh Semester)
For contemporary processes in architecture, students were given Hall of Fame as a design exercise in which they were asked to select a theme and a contemporary process related to the topic. Students were taken for two live case studies: IKEA Bangalore and BIEC Bangalore. After the study and visit, they were asked to work on the contemporary process and requirements based on their topics.
Likewise, this design is iconic architecture honoring a particular field, which students are interested in and can justify. This design represents the identity of a place that attracts as the face of the city to promote various social, cultural, and economic activities. It requires a facelift for Chennai’s next iconic architecture for future development to attract tourism, investors, traders, and other business-related activities. This is a live project that was proposed by Housing and Urban Development in Tamil Nadu. The proposed site area is about 25.16 acres in Pattinapakkam (foreshore estate), Chennai. The intention of the project is to promote business, create landmarks, and attract tourism. The Government of Tennessee proposal is a mixed-use development with various facilities, including a convention Center, permanent exhibition space, hospitality, and office spaces. The total project cost is estimated to be 1200 to 1500 crores.
The project goal was.
- 1. To understand the surrounding context for creating images.
- 2. To understand the ecologically sensitive area of the site and surroundings.
- 3. To design in response to emerging urban conditions.
- 4. To understand the high-rise structure and required services.
- 5. To create an urban realm, Mixed-used development and green infrastructure.
Fourth Year Studio: (Eight Semester)
Urban design is the art of creating urban milieus that are functional, vibrant, liveable, and visually appealing. It deals with the physical arrangements of human communities at a larger scale and is concerned with planning and development at all levels (social, physical, environmental, economic, and cultural).
The urban design studio taken up for 8 Sem didn’t focus only on improving the physical character alone such as public realm, residential quality but also concentrated on emerging challenges such as biodiversity loss, multiculturalism, slum and squatter settlements, and pollution etc.
Students were given the Sub urban extents of Coimbatore and were asked to ponder on the macro level issues faced and barricaded the further sustainable growth in the city. Students working as a common studio for both sections were able to explore more social and physical aspects of the chosen site through maps, demographics, diagrams, photographs, and physical models collected during their urban visits.
Fifth Year Studio: (Tenth Semester)
As per Anna University regulations, students of Bachelor of Architecture are required to prepare a thesis in their final year of studies on a subject of their choice, under the guidance of a faculty or thesis committee. The objective of the thesis program is for the student to ensure that he/she has acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to enter the world of the profession as an independent practicing architect.
AMS Academy of Architecture has well-experienced professors in the thesis panel who help the students to choose the thesis topic as per their interests and expertise.
Every student is assigned an advisor who relentlessly guides the student to thoroughly examine, study, analyze, design, and present in detail the project of his/her choice as a practically feasible solution in the context of the prevailing socio-economic scenario.
Regular reviews are conducted for different stages of the thesis process and industry expert professionals are called to review and guide the students so that the thesis projects are accomplished with finesse as per industry requirements. Many of our students’ works are selected for “THESIS AWARDS” and have been appreciated by the national jury members.
Beyond Studio Life
Hands-on training and workshops play a major role in the learning processes particularly for subjects related to model making, building construction, climatology, and site surveying. Our institution organizes a variety of workshops for students, both on college campuses with outsourced experts and at external locations. Some of the major workshops conducted include natural building material workshops, funicular arch workshops, building services workshops, form finding workshops, and sunbath and shadow angle analysis workshops to name a few.
Architecture is a field that involves better growth through knowledge sharing by practicing architects and experts, as the field is growing exponentially with continuously evolving market trends. Our Institution makes it a compulsory policy to have at least one guest lecture for each subject, in order to enrich our students learning experience with subject expert’s lectures and seminars.
Experiential learning, away from classroom is the best way for the students to explore latest & eminent buildings. Study tours provide first hand exposure on the design aspects, materials and techniques adopted. It helps students to broaden their understanding about the world & also encourages them to think critically. Our institution organizes many study tours in the form of case studies, site visits, studies pertaining to other coresubjects like History of Architecture, Energy Efficient Architecture, Building services. Apart from these, all the year students are taken for North India & South India tours at least once in their five years of learning period. In addition to these, visits related to fabrication and manufacturing processes, recycling and treatment techniques etc. are also encouraged.
Our Institution provides opportunities for the students to organise symposiums and at the same time participate in symposiums conducted in other colleges. This helps the students to interact with their peers from other college. Our students have bought laurels to the institution through many winning competitions and overall trophies. The symposiums organised by our college has also gathered huge participation from other colleges. The students through their students council, take responsibility in aiding the organisation and participation for such events.
As a one-of-a-kind approach and a student initiative, guided by experienced faculties, the department magazine named HUNCH is released once in 3 months. The magazine elucidates important events in the department, students achievements, extra curricular activities along with national and international architecture news. Publishing of student’s works gives confidence to face the real audiences outside the classroom. Hunch publications provide not only a creative outlet for students but also provide opportunities to build their creative skills. Students interested in architectural journalism and photography, writing, editing and compiling techniques volunteer themselves for the magazine’s compilation, editing and printing processes.
Our Institution has a sprawling campus with many sports grounds that has been the arena for numerous inter college and intra college events. Our Institution promotes interested students in such physical activities as they are stress busters and to promote physical wellbeing of students. Playing sports like Cricket, basketball, football, throw ball, badminton and indoor games like chess and carom are also encouraged among students. The specially planned sports events in the name of sports fest bring a vibrant vibe to the student’s college life.