The foundation studio trains students in core skills of surveying and analysing historic built environments. The studio is conducted jointly between the Masters in Architectural History and Research and the Masters in Conservation and Regeneration programs. Students learn to observe and document a selected site, work with different modes of representation, and analyse different architectural attributes of lived historic environments. Following these exercises, the MCR students develop a statement of significance, while the MAHR students produce a timeline of architectural transformation. The larger intention is to introduce and train students to investigate how architectural shifts are connected to wider transformative forces that have shaped our habitations at various points in time and how they may be framed as sites of historical significance. The methodology of the studio involves rigorous architectural analysis (of spatial configuration, typology, materiality and aesthetics), overlaid with narratives of people’s experiences.
01 - Introduction to Bhuj - Preparatory exercises for fieldwork
02 - Surveying and documenting lived historic environments