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18th RCA Foundation Day

Dear friends,

Warmest greetings on the auspicious occassion of the 18th Foundation Day of the Rizvi College of Architecture.

On behalf of the students, staff, faculty, management and my personal behalf I send you the greetings fromthe RCA family. It has been a wonderful journey in the quest for excellence in architecture through holistic education. We would like to share our experience and happiness with you all.

We had Prof. Ashish Ganju from Delhi the other day and we had an inspiring interaction with him on the issue of change. We shall have a low key college level function today with Prof. Madhav Deobhakta talk on Change in the seminar hall on the 6th floor. Students have put up an exhibition of their college and NASA works. Arch Fest has been postponed until the health situation improves in the city.

The syllabus of B. Arch. at the University of Mumbai is being restructured. Your suggestions are most welcome.

We are proposing to restore the semester system and we are required to follow the 3+1+1 system formulated by the Council of Architecture, where the the stage I shall consist of three year programme followed by stage II which will have one year of professional practice and a year of academics.

We will be glad to hear from you about your progress, studies and works. Please do send us the details along with brief write ups,drawings and photos, which will go a long way in inspiring the students.

with lots of love and best wishes,

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan
Rizvi College of Architecture

Faizan Javed wins RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship

Faizan Jawed Siddiqui, final year student of Rizvi College of Architecture has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship.

He had submitted his proposal for a study of public transportation systems and facilities in different countries.The internationally acclaimed British architect Norman Foster wrote that although RIBA had received a large number of high quality submissions from world over Faizan’s proposal was found to be outstanding and a worthy winner of 6000 pound sterling traveling scholarship.

Faizan is preparing to submit his final year design dissertation in May and then he plans to travel around the world as per the proposal.

He would give a presentation on the issues in London in late 2008 or early 2009 at the conclusion of the traveling scholarship.


10 years since VASTUTSAV: 40th Annual NASA Convention

It was today December 17, exactly 10 years ago that Rizvi College of Architecture welcomed nearly 3000 students of architecture for the 40th Annual NASA Convention.

This was a benchmark event in the life of the college then just six years in existence.

Held at the Andheri Sports Complex and attended by nearly 75 member and observor colleges from India and a few colleges from abroad too, VASTUTSAV brought an Annual Convention of NASA to Bombay after nearly a decade.

For many students from the frst batch…the batch of 1992 this was the swansong to a glorious and fantastic career as students at RCA.

It also created a rock solid foundation upon which students in the years to come excelled at NASA.

Today RCA is a force to reckon with at any NASA convention. We have won the Le Corbusier trophy on numerous consecutive occassions in the last years.

VASTUTSAV was held at the Andheri Sports Complex from Dec 17-20, 1997. The evening started with a fantastic opening ceremony tracing the architecture zeitgeist in India at the time and then culminating in a 45 minute rock show by Remo, a fellow architect and one of India’s great artists.

Over the next days the regular high energy scenarios continued as the small crew of 2000 host college students tried to make everyone happy. Most students never went home. A few never slept.

A Fashion show by the students of the college was another event that was long remembered after the convention was over.

How NASA came to RCA is a story that will forever remain part of the RCA urban legend and right through the year the support of Prof. Chauhan, Prof. Shetty and Prof. Shakti Parmar went a long way in making the event a success.

To a generation of students right from the Batch of 1992 to the batch of 1997 who had just come in, the 40th Annual NASA as host college students will forever remain a great memory.

As years have passed since that event and students have moved on, these memories form some of the defining moments in the life of RCA and its students past, present and future.

Happy 60th Birthday: Prof. Chauhan

ARCA, on behalf of all alumni, students, faculty and friends wishes Prof. Akhtar Chauhan a very happy 60th birthday.

Prof. Chauhan has been at the helm of affairs as Principal/Dean/Director of RCA since the first day on August 26, 1992. His dedication, focus, energy and above all a passion for education has been the single largest constant in the success of RCA over the years.

We all wish you the best of health, happiness, prosperity and many many more years of guiding RCA and the extended family.

RCA Mentioned in a Report on the State of the Architectural Profession

The article posted below speaks about the profession of architecture in India. There is a mention of RCA as one of the top architectural education institutions in the country. Another example that what Prof. Chauhan has been working on is being recognised by peers and independant outsiders. Congrats to Sir, and all the faculty and students (past and present).

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Smit Patil [RCA92] passes away

On the heels of the passing away of Minal Panchal, ARCA is saddened to inform you about the passing away of another Alumni.

Smit Patil a member of the first batch of RCA [RCA92] passed away due to malaria on April 24th.

Her batchmate Abhijeet Patankar [RCA92] informs ARCA

Dear friends. after Minal Panchal… there is another real sad news for Rizvi Alumni.. Smit Patil (batch of 92′) lost her life on 24th April. She was suffering from Malaria and didn’t recover from it. She was working in Tanzania with her husband. I do not know any more details about it as i was informed about this by Kanchan Patil [RCA92]. May her soul rest in peace and may god give enough courage to her family members. We are with them at this tragic moment. abhi

This is indeed a sad moment, and we pray for her soul. We also offer our condolences to her husband, child and family.

College recalls Minal’s dreams for Mumbai

This article appeared in the Times Of India Edition dated April 19, 2007.

MUMBAI: As Mumbai reacted with outrage at the news of Minal Panchal’s death on a United States campus, another campus – this one at Bandra – recalled the dreams that she had for the city that gave her a chance to dream. 

Minal passed out of Bandra’s Rizvi College of Architecture, where – as a final-year student – she dreamt of designing a children’s museum to tap the creative potential of Mumbai’s kids. She had also planned to come back to the city and look for a place for the museum after completing her post-graduation from Virginia Tech.

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Memorial Service for Minal Panchal

A Memorial Service for Minal Panchal shall be held at 2 pm on April 19, 2007 at the College Auditorium. All Alumni are urged to attend.

The below is a message from Prof Chauhan, Principal, RCA.


Minal Panchal, 26, a RCA graduate was killed in the shoot out at Virginia Tech, USA. She was among the 32 students and faculty members who were killed. She had joined the Virginia Tech only six month ago to undertake a Masters program in Advanced Building Science.

Minal Panchal studied architecture at Rizvi College of Architecture and graduated in 2003. prof. Pradnya Chauhan taught her Basic Design in 1st year and Architectural Design in 2nd year. Minal was a very keen observer and her sense of design was highly developed. her housing project in Rajasthan was quite articulated, and she was also very good in structures. She could weave aesthetics in visual language and structural systems quite harmoniously says A.Prof. Pradnya Chauhan who taught Minal in the early years of the course.

She scored the highest grades in the design dissertation in her class. Under the guidance of Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, she did her thesis on Children’s Museum at Borivali which reflected her deep humane concerns. She was committed to the ideals of evolving sustainable architecture which though innovative blended harmoniously with nature. She was a very sincere, patient and a sensitive student who worked hard and pursued the quest for excellence in architectural design, says Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Director, Rizvi College of Architecture.

She is survived by her mother and her elder sister. She lost her father three years ago. Her father was an architect who encouraged her to take up architecture as her professional career. Her mother was visiting the sisters in the USA.

Dr. Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, President, Rizvi Education Society expressed his profound shock at the loss of brilliant student. He shall join the faculty and students of Rizvi institutions in the condolence meeting which has been organized by Rizvi Education Society on 19th April 2007 at 2.00 p.m. at Rizvi Educational Complex, Sherly Village, Off Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050.

May God bless her noble soul with eternal bliss and peace in her heavenly abode.

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan
Rizvi College of Architecture

RCA Alumni killed in University Shooting

ARCA is saddened to bring you news about the passing away of one of our own. Minal Panchal was killed in the bloody massacre that took place at Virginia Tech University yesterday and left 33 people dead.

Mudit Saxena, (RCA93) informs

A very sad and disturbing news. Minal Panchal (RCA98) an alumni of Rizvi College has died in the shocking mass shooting incident at Virginia Tech on Monday. She was from Rizvi’s batch of ’98, and was pursuing a MS degree in Building Science at Virginia Tech. She is survived by her mother and sister. Shrikar Bhave (RCA98) and Bharati Karmarkar(RCA98), both RCA Alumni and batch mates of Minal, are at the campus to help and support the family through this heart-breaking tragedy.

Our prayers are with the family of Minal and we wish them the strength to overcome this heinous tragedy.


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