Teaching Methodology

Teaching design requires insight and perception. It is a mentoring method that has been honed into a specific Sushant tradition, one that goes well beyond the shibboleths that go under design pedagogy. Just as much for their dedication and perseverance as for their proficiency in their field of study, the principal source and key resource for us is our faculty.

Sushant is a centre for academic excellence with a hands-on approach to problem solving. Students learn concepts of construction, design, and services by doing. The multifarious nature of the curricula is tackled by placing special emphasis on the trans-disciplinary development of students. Our teaching in all subjects is regularly monitored and is updated periodically to keep up with changing industry demands. By actively promoting its labs, workshops, and research cells the school is able to provide the best environment for picking up valuable professional skills. The world class facilities combined with a highly experienced set of faculty is what keeps Sushant ahead of its competition.
The School has a fully equipped workshop with various advanced machines for wood and metal work. The workshop has been customised and furnished with power operated machines, hand tools and other relevant equipment to enable actual making and not just superficial practical exposure. These facilities enable the students to translate their ideas into mock ups, prototypes, furniture pieces and different kinds of working models

Our laser machines further facilitate the students in executing the varied range of shapes and forms in their regular assignments and thesis projects. Our students have been widely using the laser cutting facility and the machine has increased the intensity of design investigation, multiplying the number of models produced within a semester. In addition to the laser machines, the cutting edge technology of 3D printing has increased our ability to test and develop far more complex geometries and forms. This opportunity makes the students more innovative and risk averse which leads to refinement in their work. It brings the students closer to reality and requirements of the current industry trends, helping in minimising the gap between the architects and end users.


Annual study trips are organised for the students across the years, enabling them to engage, observe and respond to the varying urban or rural contexts that they are exposed to. These have become an integral part of the Trans-Disciplinary Education initiative of the University. The study trips this year included an international one to Turkey and Spain, and the domestic destinations covered were in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

The students on the Spain trip had the opportunity of visiting several of the finest historical as well as modern works in Western architecture, such as the Hagia Sophia, Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Sagrada Familia. Through the study trip they were introduced to the sensitivity to detail in designing borders and edges.. For the planning students trips to Nainital and Nathupura, allowed students to gain experience in various scales of urban planning.


We regularly organize visits to building construction sites, galleries, and architectural exhibitions in order to help expose our students to the immediate context that they are engaging with. This helps to increase their understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of architectural practice and the ground reality of any project.



  • Inspection Reforms Training Programme in collaboration with Council of Architecture

In February 2014 Sushant School of Art and Architectrure, in collaboration with Council of Architecture organised and hosted “Inspection Reforms Training Programme”.

  • International Conference: Revolution by Design – 2013

In March 2013 Sushant School of Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Sushant School of Design organised an International Conference: Revolution by Design. The conference was the first annual conference focused on The Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) with a role that design thinking and design pedagogy will play in bringing on the changes. TIR was emphasized by American economist Jeremy Rifkin. The premise, that we can no longer sustain our growth on the use of fossil fuels and the urgent need to speed up the development of alternatives, demands design led solutions.

Eminent speakers such as Sir Christopher Frayling, ex-Rector of the Royal College of Art London; S.K.Das, Principal Architect S.K.Das Associates; Karen Richmond, head of the BA 3D program at Camberwell College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts, Ar. Ashish Ganju, Ms. Sunita Kohli, Prof Roshni Udyavar, Prof. Manoj Mathur, Prof. Iftikhar-mulk Chisti, Dr. Rupinder Singh and Mike Knowles presented and discussed the potential of designed based solutions.

The conference was attended by more than 80 delegates, and it was further steered by parallel workshops/seminars on traditional and modern making skills for students’ enrichment.

  • International Workshop: Urban Planning Lessons from French

In the month of November 2012 Sushant School of Art and Architecture, along with French Embassy and Alliance Francoise, organized a three-day workshop with Ar. Francoise Leclerq. The workshop focus was on the application of lessons from French Urban Planning for development of Gurgaon. The participants were grouped in to unit of three, and plans and proposals for the workshop agenda were theme and sector based. A total of 21 delegates participated in the workshop.
Short term Courses

SSAA in collaboration with Politecnico de Milano conducted a workshop/course from 6th February to 17th February on Challenges in Documentation, Interpretation and Conservation.  The workshop organised involved studios and series of lectures coupled with site visits and public exhibition on various heritage sites in and around Delhi and Jaipur; to enable students in understanding the synergy between built form and historical values.  The course culminated in the form of jury, where students had to defend their proposals.

Detailed list of the past workshops can be seen here.

Date Speaker Designation Title
20.03.2014 William O’Brien Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US Workshop – Architecture Fictions
28.02.2014 Mr. Navin Piplani Head of Arch. INTACH Lime Workshop
28.02.2014 Dr. Vibhuti Sachdev Independent Researcher and Conservationist Lecture on Araish
28.02.2014 Ms. Vrinda Jariwala Independent Researcher and Conservationist Lecture on Araish
20.02.2014 Mr. Jaime de Miguel Architect New Paradigms in Design and Fabrication
17.02.2014 Ms. Vibha Architect, MicAcro Systems Digital Architecture
17.02.2014 Mr. Siddharth Architect, MicAcro Systems Digital Architecture
12.02.2014 Ar. Anupama Kundoo Architect Thinking with Hands Workhop
  Ms. Revati Laul Journalist Journalism in Architecture
  Prof. Anil Laul Architect Traditional Building Techniques
  Sachin Bhoite Urban Designer and Planner – ARUP UK Lecture on Urbanism
06.01.2014 Mr. Ayodh Kamat & Prof. James Stevens Arch. Urban Planner Parametric to Adopt Building Materials for Vernacular Techniques
13.11.2013 Ms. Suzzane AngMr. Micheal Sharman Architect & Workshop Coordinators Revitalisation of Lal Kuan – Social and Environment
30.10.2013 Ms. Manya Uppal Architect Dgital Fabrication
25.10.2013 Ar. Christian Muller Architect Holistic Approach Towards Sustainability
25.10.2013 Ar. Snehal Shah Architect Contemporary Swiss Architecture
17.10.2013 Ar. Dikshu Kukreja Principal Architect, CPKukreja Asso. Let’s Get Thinking
26.09.2013 Mr. Rahul Kumar Architect & Workshop Coordinator Geodesic Domes
26.09.2013 Mr. Mohit Verma Architect Shelter Design for Uttarakhan Relief
28.06.2013 Harsimran Kaur Architect Rhino Workshop
12.06.2013 Kartikeya Chandra Artist Graphics Workshop
27.05.2013 Manvendar Daggar Engineer AutoCAD Workshop
11.03.2013-13.03.2013 Various Conference “Revolution by Design”.
11.01.2013-14.01.2013 French Embassy   Indo French Workshop
 10.01.2013  Mr. Aditya Kumar  Regional Technical CoordinatorAt Slum Dwellers International  
08-11.2012 Mr. Rahul Sood            Consultant Supreme GroupInsulation Division PPD   
01-11-2012 Talk by Prof. Ravi Anand Kamal. Architect and City Planner   Notes on the Green Agenda”
25.10.2012 Suneet Mohindru Urban Designer Special Lecture
26-10-2012 Pradeep Sachdeva  Arch Urban Planner  Presentation & Showcases
22.10.2012 Suneet Mohindru Urban Designer Special Lecture


The Sushant Lecture Series (SLS) is regarded highly within the Architecture community and is slowly gaining character for its variety of discussions. Initiated in 2012, all the lectures organised are free and open to the public and usually enjoy large and enthusiastic audiences. Over the years a dedicated group of faculty and graduate students hosted lectures and readings to showcase the range of architectural, literary and engineering practices to keep the students and faculty informed about the market, innovations and products.

The SLS has most recently hosted Hafeez Contractor, renowned and leading architect in the country; Pradeep Sachdeva, architect of famous Dilli Haat; Sanjay Prakash, master in sustainable development; Revati Laul, leading journalist; Mr. Abhishek Somany, Managing director of Somany tiles; Didi Contractor, specialist in mud architecture; Priya Khanna, art passionate; Dikshu Kukreja, Christopher Muller, William O’’Brien, etc.. (others can be noted from the outlook report).

Platform Lecture Series (PLS), a unique project at Ansal University, was originally initiated by the SSAA in the academic year 2009-10. Within this project eminent leaders and thought provoking industry stalwarts come together to give insights on contemporary issues in various fields like Architecture, sports, politics, finance & economics, health & medicine, media & advertising etc. This provides a unique platform where students are encouraged to think rationally and imbibe qualities that would enable them to be global leaders. These Platform Lectures on various topics and interests are organised frequently, which sets an informal session between the speaker and students to rationalise the discussion.

Complete list of past speakers can be obtained here:

  • Ar. Hafeez Contractor (Architect): Lecture
  • Mr. Rajan Anandan (MD & VP, Google India): Lecture
  • Ms. Priya Khanna (Artist): Lecture
  • Ar. Dikshu Kukreja (Architect): Lecture
  • Ar. Mohit Kumar (Founder of Archade): Workshop/Lecture
  • Ar. Karthik Dondeti (Parametric Modeler): Lecture
  • Prof. William O’Brien (MIT): Workshop
  • Pavan Sukhdev (Special advisor and Head of UNEP
  • Rajat Sharma (CEO, India TV)
  • Vikram Bakshi (Chairman Ascot Hotels and Resorts Ltd.)
  • Dr. Kiran Bedi (India’s First woman IPS Officer)
  • Sanjeev Sanyal (Founder Sustainable Planet Institute)
  • Matthias Pfeifer (Architect)
  • Shriya Malhotra (Urban Researcher)
  • Vijender Singh (Boxer)
  • Somnath Ray (Architect)
  • Mario Botta (Architect)
  • Micheal Danino (Historian, Conservationist& Writer)
  • Danny Lane (Renowned Glass Sculptor & Furniture Artist)
  • Amitabh Kant (CEO and MD DMICDC)
  • Ms. Lata Krishnamurty (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India)
  • Sh. Sunil Kant Munjal (Chairman of Hero MotoCorp)
  • Mr. Raj Jain (President, Wal-Mart India & MD & CEO, Bharti Wal-Mart Pvt. Ltd)
  • Dr. H.K Chopra, Chief Cardiologist at Moolchand Medicity)
  • Mr. Atul Setya (Programme Coordinator, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Lucknow)
  • Prof. Suzanne Ang, (Head Programme Coordinator, Deakin University): Lecture/Workshop
  • Prof. John Ruff (Head, Valpario Universtiy US), Lecture during International Conference 2013
  • Sachin Bhoite (Urban Planner and Designer, ARUP UK): Lecture
  • Dr. Kaarin Taipale, Environmentalist- Urban Sustainability and Related Policy Issues.
  • Ms. Shriya Malhotra, Urban Researcher- Maps and Mapping
  • Suchitra Deep, Architect, Firm Terra Architects, Bangalore- ‘Practice Matters’ On the subject of professional practice and ‘The Eternal Conundrum’ About translating design intent into practice.
  • Ms. Kelleann Foster, Architect & Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania- Various avenues available for Indian students
  • Mr. David Wittenberg, CEO-The Innovation Workgroup
  • Mr. Mark F. Hesmann, Work with visionary clients- The Urban Planning-Enabled through Golf.
  • Ms. Rasika Mohan and Emma, South Asia Field Officer-Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Mr. O.P. Ratra, Architect-Plastic Architecture
  • Mr. Pradeep Sachdeva, Architecture- Contextual Architecture
  • Mr. Aditya Kumar – Understanding Informal Settlements
  • Mr. Ryan Sequeira, – Paradigms of Urban Design
  • Ms. Sabah Siddiqui, Clinical Psychologist, Ambedkar University -Psychology and Space
  • Mr. Karthik Dondeti, Thinking with Computational Reasoning
  • Mr. Rahul Kumar, Geodesic Domes
  • Ar. Dikshu Kukreja, Let’s Get Thinking
  • Ms. Priya Khanna, Art and Architecture
  • Mr. Jaime de Miguel – New Paradigms in Design and Fabrication
  • Ms. Vibhuti Sachdev – Araish for Restoring Monuments
  • Mr. Manoj Mathur – Industrial Design for Modern World


Recent Guest Lecturers held in SSAA

Kartik Dondeti
Karthik Dondeti introduced parametric modelling as an important tool to explore multiple design variants. A specific intent was to expand the views of the students regarding design exploration and thinking with the help of computer aided tools and familiarise them with the many new effective representational techniques. Dondeti made a case for the advantages of adopting such methods to push the boundaries of design development and design evaluation. He demonstrated multiple scenarios within various projects, each unique in terms of design constraints, investigation methods, intent and scales of intervention. In addition to this, Dondeti also brought in digital models to stress on the importance of testing multiple design scenarios using traditional means before arriving at a final design product.

Karthik Dondeti is an architect with a graduate degree in Design and Technology from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. His expertise in Computational Design and Environmental Simulations led him to work on multiple Research projects at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT Sustainable Design Lab and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Currently, Dondeti is the director of an India based architectural firm ‘Design Collaborative’ and is the founder of a research think tank Architecture Design Operations (ADO) where he continues to explore the integration of Computation in the design practice.

Sanjay Prakash

Mr Prakash showed glimpses of projects undertaken by his firm and highlighted the focal points of these projects. In the course of his presentation, he explained fundamental formulae that describe the impact of human activity on the environment, such as the I = P x A x T equation, that states that Population (P), Affluence (A), and Technology (T) directly contribute towards our environmental impact (I). Although the presentation was laced with the use of technical jargon, Mr Prakash made it a point to introduce humour. He maintained that although architecture has classically been seen as a visual art, his approach is different in that he sees it as a solution derived out of quantifiable constraints. Examples of his work that he went on to showcase included the headquarters of a software firm- Agilent, the Mirambika School, and The Energy Research Institute (TERI) Retreat building.

He argued that “sufficiency can only happen only if you have access to everything–otherwise it is poverty”, and that the reason “Indian architecture doesn’t get talked about on the world stage is because it doesn’t have its own identity.”

The talk ended with a question and answer round. Students and faculty interacted with Mr Prakash, and tried to understand the technical aspects mentioned in the presentation.

Sanjay Prakash is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music and production design. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and sustainability in his professional and personal life. His area of practice and research over the last 32 years includes passive and low energy architecture and planning, hybrid air-conditioning, autonomous energy and water systems, bamboo and earth construction, community-based design of common property, and computer-aided design. Under his guidance, hundreds of persons have developed capabilities in performing design, conceptual or management work in these areas. He is Principal Consultant of his design firm, SHiFt: Studio for Habitat Futures Architects and Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
Stuart Tappin

As part of the Platform Lecture Series organised by Sushant School of Architecture at Ansal University, Mr. Stuart Tappin, Director of Stand Engineers with over 20 years of conservation experience in the UK and overseas delivered a talk on ‘Building Conservation in UK: An Engineer’s Perspective’. With his deep understanding of the special issues relating to historic buildings, scheduled monuments, museums and galleries and buildings within conservation areas, he discussed structural engineering in conservation, narrating the challenges and opportunities involved.

The talk involved some of his works revolving around restoration, insertion of new lifts and stairs, a strategy for routing new services through the existing historic structure, mansard roofing that used mathematical tiles, and devising repairs which avoided damage to elaborate plaster ceiling and wall finishes. The examples he narrated include Marlborough House, London, Kew Palace Richmond, Surrey, Inner Temple, London, Palace of Westminster, London, Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi, Lord Mayor’s State Coach, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Lodge, Soho Square, St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Leybourne, Kent.

The talk followed with an interactive session between Mr. Tappin and the students and faculty, around issues such as funding of projects, harsh weather conditions, and a general understanding of the technical aspects mentioned in the presentation.

Didi Contractor

Didi Contractor, one of the eminent crusader of responsible building and also the core group member of the The Forum for Responsible Building, has had a series of interactions with students and practitioners in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore. She delivered a talk at Sushant School of Art and Architecture on ecologically sensitive vernacular building methodologies.
Sunita Sinha
As part of the guest lecture series, Sumita Sinha gave a talk on ‘Participatory Architecture’ at Sushant School of Art and Architecture. Sumita is an award-winning architect, academic and author with her design practice, Eco=logic. Sumita has worked and taught in UK, India, Serbia, Venezuela, France, Palestine and Spain. Sumita’s awards include the UIA:UNESCO International design award, Women In Business award at the House of Commons and Atkins Inspire award for Architecture. Her portrait was included in an exhibition about 28 women who had made a difference to the life and culture of Britain.



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