Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture was formed in the year 2004 with sole objective of betterment of architecture education. Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Prof Vijay Sohoni, who was the president then of Council of Architecture, Prof. Milind Telang, Prof. Uday Gadkari and few more who came together and decided to form the association. Since then MASA has undertaken various activities to enhance the status of architecture education. One of the most important responsibilities undertaken by MASA for past many years is the transparent and disciplined admission process executed for state of Maharashtra. All of us have witnessed the befits of this admission process. MASA became stronger, physically, mentally, economically and actually in all respect because of admission process. Two years ago Government of Maharashtra decided to take up admissions of first year of Architecture. And it was felt that MASA has no role anymore. We at MASA believe that Schools of Architecture are the most important entity for the delivery of architecture education; so are other stake holders, teachers, students and the management of architecture. That is why so many activities have been initiated by MASA. Annual MASA Convention and Teacher’s award function are the part of those activities. We understand research is an important aspect of education therefore research fellowships are awarded by MASA to scholars undertaking research. Along with admissions MASA has been successfully undertaking these activities.
Any organisation is like a living organism. It thrives on the basic concept with which the members come together. Academic world has always been an ideal world with no space for politics, malpractices and negativity. We all at MASA need to insist on developing an academic ambience for
the appropriate growth of architecture education. There is so much to be done. The entire built environment of not only of our country but that of the world demands guidance from academicians for creating environmentally appropriate, sustainable, economically viable architecture. The role of
architecture in Nation building is not yet explored by us; common agenda for architecture education for the development of Nation has yet to be spelt out with clarity so that small pieces of research in common direction may lead to meaningful collage for the Nation.
MASA has five point agenda for the growth of architecture education. First is Research which forms an integral part of the discipline of Architecture. It not only helps the architect and a
teacher of architecture evolve one or more areas of special interests but also adds to his\her design abilities, teaching abilities, training and development of analytical and communication skills. Thus, to encourage inquiry and research, ‘Propositions-A Research Journal’ has been launched. Fellowships
are given to researchers by MASA to promote research attitudes. Documentation is the second pointer for work. Documenting local heritage not only of built environment but also the heritage in all possible forms is one of the most effective ways of learning architecture. Collaboration is third pointer. Networking with each other talking to each other and sharing and respecting others expertise and others view point not only enriches self but widens the scope of architecture. Fourth is Training. We are aware that one trained teacher is equal to 10 ten untrained teachers. Knowledge is must for one to become a teacher of architecture but it is not enough. Thus importance of training for teachers is where MASA would like to work more seriously now. Fifth pointer is the publication. Publications are the expressions of our learning. Putting our thoughts on the piece of paper itself is consolidation of
ideas, sharing those with others through publications is something that brings validity to the thought or an idea. News letter is the medium through MASA wishes to reach you.
We thank Prof. Anantha Krishna, Prof. Pushkar Kanvinde and Prof S. A. Deshpande for sparing their time as Jury of MASA Best Teacher’s Award and also for the Convention. We would also like to extend our thanks to Prof.Akhtar Chauhan for his constant guidance and Prof.Poorva Keskar and Prof. Shubhada Chapekar for their tireless efforts to make the Convention a success. We also thank Prof.Khanolkar, Renuka and Hemant for their hard work at the MASA Office, Pune.
Dr. Ujwala Chakradeo