Visual Diary – 1992

KRVIA Inception

With the onset of macroeconomic reforms in the early 1990s, multiple private architectural schools came up in Mumbai. Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) was one of them. The school admitted its first batch of students in 1992. Since its inception, the school has been very conscious of its origin in the neo-liberal moment, which precipitated a major shift in the role and nature of education and the profession in the country.

Over the years, through various debates, engagements and experiments, KRIVA has evolved its own distinctive approach to education in architecture. At KRVIA, architecture as a discipline is imagined as an integral part of multidisciplinary cultural studies and believes in public engagement in the city that can allow critical interventions in the built environment. We trace some of the key moments of the past thirty years through these visuals.

KRVIA Director Appointment

Prof. Sen Kapadia was appointed the founder Director of KRVIA.

During its formative years, the founder director set the tone of the institute’s pedagogy. The formative circumstances of KRVIA had to deal with the existing dogmatic structure of evaluation-based academics, undermining the enabling and engaging-based academics. The founding director enabled the process with fresh ideological questions on Indian Aesthetics. The teaching methods revolved around the question of representation and aesthetics. The architecture emerged as an assemblage of various  forces that were assumed to be Indian. This phase also founded the various theoretical discourses around global architectural theories and its relevance in the Indian context. The emergence of inter-disciplinary understanding, the Encounter lecture series and the annual journal (Reflections) are important milestones that have formed KRVIA as an important centre for architectural learning.