Inception and Evolution: One of the pioneering Architecture Departments in India, the Department of Architecture, IIT Kharagpur, was conceived for ensuring a holistic integration of the development of science and technology with the normative and cultural dimensions of human society. The first of its kind in the IIT system, the department started its journey in 1952 with the undergraduate course in architecture. In 1959, the first postgraduate course in planning was introduced by the Department, and the first doctoral degree was awarded in 1970. This department is now well recognized for its contribution in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, research projects in varied domains and professional involvements in the form of consultancies and sponsored researches. Strengths: - Blend of modern building science & technology, with Indian vernacular & traditional concepts. - Active role in capacity building of other institutes in the form of training programmes. - Active participation in architectural & planning consultancy. - Societal programmes for employment generation and self-reliance. - Blend of modern building science & technology, with Indian Vision: Keeping with needs and demands of the present time, our department is now geared up towards spreading its wings in the form of international collaboration and interdisciplinary specializations. Collaborative research with leading institutes, international fellowships for joint research, internship opportunities in leading firms of the country and abroad, International Summer Winter School, mega projects which are essentially interdisciplinary in nature, micro specializations, hosting visiting scholars of national and international repute, workshops by leading professionals, are keys to our present endeavour. We are also strongly networked with our alumni, successfully established all over the world. Their excellent performance has made us proud. Our alumni are an immense source of inspiration, and their continual contribution to their alma mater, both in terms of experience and funding, makes us grow.??
Amid the largest campus and among the most number of departments in all IITs, Architecture and Regional Planning at Kharagpur is perhaps the most unique department that blends science and art to perfection and deals with human technology. Here we conceive architecture and planning both as a discipline as well as a profession. Our courses are structured in a way that enhances the teaching-learning experience, giving the students in-depth technical know how, exposure to state of the art laboratories and freedom to apply their creative minds to the hilt. We also draw our strength from the sister departments and faculty members of mechanical, civil, electrical engineering, humanities and social sciences among others. They are an integral part of our family. Echoing in the lines of Sir Winston Churchill - we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.??
Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2015 conferred to Prof. Chetan V Vaidya (2015) from our department, currently, Director, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi
Hult Prize 2015 San Francisco Regional Finalists: Abhimanyu Abrol, Pooja Rai, Vishesh Gupta,
Uttam C. Jain (2010), Architect-Planner, Partner, UCJ Architecture & Planners
Ranbir Singh Gupta (2010), Chairman, SIGMA7 Design Group Inc.
Raghavendra Coimbatore Narayana Rao (2011), Architect, Partner, CRN Architects & Engineers
Biswapriya Sanyal (2011), Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jayanta Chatterjee (2013), Former Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Transparence 2013 First Runners-Up: Anshul Deshmukh, Nikhil Bapna & Subham Malpani
NASA 2013, HUDCO Trophy Special Mention for ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂShelter for homelessÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
Zonasa 2014 Overall: 2nd Runner-up Landscape design: Winner Pixel (Photography) contest: Winner Reubens trophy : 1st Runner-up Main design 1 : 2nd Runner-up Archumen (East Zone) : 1st & 2nd Runner-up
Google Online Marketing Challenge 2014 1st in India 2nd in Asia-Pacific 13th World-wide Winners: Arnab Kumar Mahanty, Kartikeya Pathak, Mohamad Meraj Shaikh, Shahir Aziz
Transparence, Eastern Region Finals, 2014 Winners: Nishant Nain, Ankita Diwan, Suneet Jagdev
INSDAG National Competition for Students for Best Innovative Use of Steel 2014 Winners : Abhishek Ramanathan, Deepnath Majumder, Mohamad Shahrukh Shaikh, Sweeya Tangudu
NASA 2015, Nari Gandhi Trophy (Analysis) Special Mention
Schneider Electric Go Green in the City 2015, International Winner: Mohamad Meraj Shaikh
Certificate of Merit for Best Urban Planning Thesis in India, 2004 Swati Dutta
Certificate of Merit for Best Urban Planning Thesis in India, 2005 Ramprasath
Certificate of Merit for 2nd Best Urban Planning Thesis in India, 2007 Ronita Bardhan
V. N. Prasad Gold Medal for Best Urban Planning Thesis in India, 2008 Sandip Chakrabarti
Gold Medal for Best Urban Planning Thesis in India, 2010 Sukanya Mishra