Prof C.K. Gumaste, Prof. S.H. Wandrekar and Prof. V.G. Mhatre started the Academy of Architecture in 1955 as modest initiative to impart professional training in Architecture to aspiring students. It grew to become a Government Aided institutions receiving Grant- in Aid from Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra State to conduct Diploma course in Architecture (G.D.Arch.) equivalent to Bachelor of Architecture with an intake of 60 students. Since 1999 Academy of Architecture is affiliated to University of Mumbai & conducts the 5 Years course of Bachelor’s of Architecture (B.Arch.). Since 2009 Academy of Architecture has an Un-Aided section conducting the same course with an intake of 40 students; taking the overall Yearly intake of 100 students.
The Academy never stopped to expand its horizons and kept restructuring its courses to suit the needs of changing times. It is continuously improving the quality of all-round training to mould its students to become efficient professionals, who can accept the challenges of the future. The environment at the Academy itself offers total ongoing learning experience. The students explore and discover new and different aspects of life, as they spend precious five years of their life.
During past fifty eight years, Academy has produced more than 3200 planners, architects, interior designers and landscape architects, who are now practicing and working in India and abroad.
Academy believes that there is a close bond between Nature and Architecture. Like a bud, the student of architecture blooms, blossoming slowly, and in the process, making life beautiful all around.
At the Academy, We try to explore the potential of art and architecture as cultural expression, as a critical medium and ultimately as a form of knowledge. It is not merely an application of technology with visual skills, but of combining the ability to think and perceive logically and creatively.
An awareness of socio- physical context within which we all live is brought in through study of the environment. The curriculum aims to inculcate the sense of responsibility for the environment, deepen perception of its quality and increases the understanding of principles of design. With concept of design as central discipline, and the environment as all encompassing aim, it is achieved by application of aesthetics, technology and management techniques.
Students are made aware of Planning and Civil engineering. They are made aware that they also appeal to the emotions and senses of the people who look at them and use them. Totality of design is a prime consideration, leading to thoughtful planning of building, their interiors as well as the landscape of surrounding exterior spaces. All these aspects are built into the training imparted to students at the Academy as part of their curriculum and extra- curricular activities.