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ABOUT

Devaki Amma's Guruvayurappan College of Architecture (DG College of Architecture) was established in 2010 by the Devaki Amma Memorial Trust, making it the first standalone self-financing college in Kerala that focuses exclusively on architectural education. The college is approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi and affiliated with the University of Calicut, offering B. Arch and M. Arch (Landscape Architecture) courses. The campus is located in Chelembra, Malappuram District, Kerala, just 2.5 km from Calicut University, 15 km from Calicut International Airport, and approximately 18 km from Calicut City.

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VISION

Our vision is to be the leading architecture college in Kerala, with a strong focus on sustainable architecture and the tropical traditions of the region. We aspire to empower our students to design buildings that are environmentally conscious, culturally sensitive, and socially meaningful.

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MISSION

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education in architecture that integrates the principles of the tropical traditions of the region. We strive to foster creativity, innovation, and critical thinking in our students, and to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values necessary for a successful and meaningful career in the architecture profession.

GOALS

  • To impart knowledge and skills in sustainable architecture principles and practices those are relevant to the times.

  • To encourage research and innovation in architecture that addresses the pressing environmental, social, and cultural challenges of the region.

  • To create an inclusive and collaborative learning environment that nurtures the creativity and potential of our students.

  • To provide opportunities for our students to engage with the community and to use architecture as a means of promoting social and environmental sustainability.

  • To establish partnerships and collaborations with local and international institutions and organizations those share our commitment to environment and society.

VALUES

  • Sustainability: We believe in the importance of designing buildings that are environmentally responsible, resource-efficient, and energy-efficient.

  • Cultural sensitivity: We respect and integrate the cultural traditions and values of places into our architectural designs, and strive to create buildings that are culturally appropriate and relevant to the local communities.

  • Excellence: We are committed to providing an education that is of the highest quality, and to encouraging excellence in all aspects of our work.

  • Inclusivity: We value diversity and inclusivity, and strive to create an inclusive learning environment that welcomes and supports all students.

  • Social responsibility: We recognize the role of architects in promoting social and environmental sustainability, and strive to instil in our students a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement.

ACADEMIC MASTER PLAN

 

Our college, DG College of Architecture, is dedicated to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education in architecture that integrates the principles of the tropical traditions of the region. We are inspired by the legacies of master architects Laurie Baker and Geoffrey Bawa, who were pioneers in critical regionalist architecture in the tropics.

Our academic master plan outlines five goals to guide our teaching, research, and service missions over the next five years. These goals are:

  • To be the premier institution in Kerala for sustainability-focused architectural education. We aim to achieve this goal by elevating the profile of the college, building and strengthening core areas of focus within the college, and establishing a stronger role for the college in the community around.

  • To build a vibrant interdisciplinary environment. Our strategies for achieving this goal include enhancing the interdisciplinary culture of undergraduate education, developing collaborative initiatives with other institutions at the graduate level, and creating opportunities for industry partnerships.

  • To create a culture of research and design excellence that drives innovation in professional practice. We plan to achieve this goal by increasing faculty and student participation in collaborative research, expanding partnerships with research centres, labs and schools across India, and identifying new research areas in which we can develop a competitive advantage.

  • To cultivate college diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will achieve this goal by ensuring the college has an inclusive, welcoming and supportive climate and culture, by ensuring the college community represents diverse backgrounds, perspectives, interests and talents, and by providing a roadmap to excellence for women and underrepresented minority faculty, students and staff.

  • To improve college facilities, processes, and support functions. We will achieve this goal by improving the quality of the physical space throughout the college, strengthening administrative and collaborative support, and ensuring effective support resources for our students, including targeted career services support, stronger relationships with professional communities, and increased scholarship support for undergraduate students.

In summary, our academic master plan focuses on sustainability, interdisciplinary collaboration, research and design excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and improving college facilities, processes, and support functions. We are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and approaches needed to become leaders of interdisciplinary teams that can address the grand challenges of energy, climate change, major demographic shifts, and the digital revolution.

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