While most other architecture colleges focus on training students to become professional architects, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, we offer a diverse and research-oriented learning experience,” says P.S. Chani, who took over as the head of the department of architecture and planning at the IIT in 2017. Located in Uttarakhand’s Roorkee city, the department is part of a sprawling 365-acre campus that was established in 1847 as the Thomason College of Civil Engineering. The institution went on to become the seventh IIT in 2001. Befitting its stature as a premier architecture institution, the department’s building stands out due to its well-appointed interiors. It offers a conventional undergraduate programme in architecture and two programmes in architecture and urban and rural planning at the postgraduation level. Research is the core strength of the department. According to Chani, eight new state-of-the-art labs-on NET-ZED (net zero energy dwelling), inclusive design, virtual reality, regional planning, urban design and system dynamics-have been set up in the past two years. The faculty is in the process of developing a ‘low carbon constr...