Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pre Event Press Conference - CAADRIA 2012

The 17th International Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design Research In Asia (CAADRIA) will be held from the 25th to the 28th April 2012, at Hindustan University, Padur campus.

A pre event press conference was held at Le Royal Meridien on the 20th April 2012 in commemoration with the 17th International CAADRIA conference to be hosted by Hindustan University. This international conference is held for the first time in South India and Hindustan University has the proud privilege to host this conference.

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Dr. Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor of Hindustan University and Chairperson of the Hindustan Group of Institutions, Dr. K Sarukesi, Vice chancellor of Hindustan University, Ar. Andrew I-Kang Li President of CAADRIA and conference chair Mrs. Sheeba Chander CAADRIA 2012, and HOD of the School of Architecture, Hindustan University were the prominent members who formed the panel for the press conference.

The press meet commenced with an introduction by the Conference Chair Mrs. Sheeba Chander, who briefed us on the journey down the long road that began in Hong Kong where a student, R Balaji, of the School of Architecture had attended the 15th CAADRIA conference . He was also awarded the Young CAADRIA 2010 award. It was at the 15th CAADRIA conference that CAADRIA expressed keen interest in having Hindustan University as the host for the 17th Annual Conference and following this, a CAADRIA representative had come down to inspect the University and was impressed by the excellent infrastructure and the competent team comprising of a highly motivated management representatives with a bright vision qualified and experienced faculty and enthusiastic students. Amongst the shortlisted schools, Hindustan University was finally selected as the host for the 17Th Conference. She also highlighted the facilities and the achievements of the School Of Architecture and she also briefly explained about the 17th International Conference 2012 to be held at Hindustan University, which would be attended by international experts, practitioners and researchers from reputed organizations in the field of architecture.

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The next to address the press was the President of CAADRIA, Mr. Andrew Li who enlightened us on the technical side of the CAADRIA conference. He said there would be 70 papers presented over the span of 4 days, at the 17th CAADRIA conference 2012 which will be held at Hindustan University. He briefed us on how these papers were selected. He called it a “quality assurance system” through a double blind review process by a panel of more than 50 experts. Every paper abstract is first reviewed by a committee and those selected are requested to submit the full paper which is again scrutinized and selectively chosen by experts in that particular field.

In her message to the press, Dr. Elizabeth Verghese announced that it is the proud privilege of the Hindustan University to host the 17th CAADRIA Conference 2012. She informed that the conference will be addressed by eminent speakers from India and abroad, this conference hosted by the university will provide an excellent platform for facilitating the promotion of knowledge about CAAD amongst Architectural schools researchers and practitioners. She was happy to introduce to the press the keynote speakers of the forthcoming international conference, Gautam Pennathur, Chairman , Faculty of Technology & Professor, Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, Hari Varma, Chief Creative Officer, Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd, Trivandrum India and Professor Mark Burry , Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) RMIT University. She highlighted the fact that technology has revolutionized every endeavor and architecture is no exception. The highlight of this conference is that it is for the first time the CAADRIA conference is held in South India and Hindustan University has the proud privilege to host a reputed international conference. She also expressed her wish that School of Architecture, Hindustan University would conduct the 17th CAADRIA Conference 2012 in a successful manner.

Courtesy: Chennai Engineering Colleges

Dr. K Sarukesi, Vice Chancellor, Hindustan University also addressed the press. He thanked CAADRIA for selecting Hindustan University to conduct this prestigious conference and congratulated the School Of Architecture for having taken up the challenge to conduct the international conference. He underlined the fact that the focus of this institution has grown from not just imparting knowledge but also to develop cutting edge research technology and industrial interaction. He was happy to note that 80-100 participants from abroad and from all over India are expected for this conference.

He also stated that CAADRIA 2012, is our 3rd international conference of the year 2012. The first was the Defence Education Conference conducted by Hindustan University in collaboration with Cranfield University. U.K. The 2nd was a seminar on Clean Energy and Nano-Convergence which was conducted by our Centre of Excellence, Hindustan University in association with Dongguk University, South Korea. He wished that the17th CAADRIA Conference 2012 would be a grand success. 


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