In architecture, a theory is not divorced from practice, rather theory and practice are inseparable. To design a building, an architect needs a set of concepts and ideas to guide their actions. They may be traditional conventions, experimental structural concepts, or aesthetics. Similarly, theory ultimately relies on practice, to test its hypotheses and assumptions.
Designing as a process is continuous and, when it comes to designing buildings (architecture) the process originates from an idea/inspiration and develops on the theory acquired over a period of time.
While learning in design is advocated through practice and experience, we also study theories as a part of our curriculum. The architectural principles devised by renowned architects in “Theory of Architecture” acts as an ignition point for our ideas and inspirations. Supported by examples of buildings that are already made. The evolution of architecture is captured and updated in the theory.
What if we looked at learning from a new perspective? There are different parts to reach learning but, can we learn beyond reading?
Theory of architecture comprises their work to understand what has shaped architecture that we see today. Their understanding of forms, spaces and integration of both has created a benchmark for generations. These can be seen as the initial points of inspiration and theoretical study for the design challenge. The participants can choose any one of the following architects and interpret their design ideologies into a Pavilion and Exhibition Center.