A constituent institution of Cheruvathur foundation, Thejus College of Architecture was established in the year 2014 aims to meet the emerging challenges in the industry of Architecture. "Being a young institution, we have the vigour and vitality of a start-up. This is partly because most of our faculty members are relatively young and therefore most of us are at the peak of our creative life," exclaims Sri. C.C Thampi, Chairman, Thejus College of Architecture.
The institute portrays a dynamic form of learning, which encourages students to learn the skills and knowledge before their plunge towards their career. "We create the professional manpower for tomorrow by stimulating the gift of imagination, sense of aesthetics and sharpness inherent in each student," adds Sri. C.C.Thampi. There is an old proverb, which says, "It takes a village to educate a child". It means that a child should be given multiple avenues to develop through interactions with multiple individuals from whom he or she may imbibe numerous skills, characteristics, ethics and worldviews. Each individual in every community is therefore responsible for nurturing a child into a well-developed adult capable of taking care of himself and his community. Believing in this philosophy, Thejus College of Architecture has created a similar space for students regarding the qualities and responsibilities of their faculty members.
Based on the understanding that the professional scope of Architecture is quite wide and diverse; Thejus College of Architecture imparts all the necessary skills and professional training in making the students truly global professionals.
"Through our strong pool of faculty members, we teach the students how to execute design projects with creativity and practicality," mentions Prof. Suboth Thomas. Based on the understanding that the professional scope of Architecture is quite wide and diverse; Thejus College of Architecture imparts all the necessary skills and professional training in making the students truly global professionals. The institute has spared no efforts to understand emerging trends in professional education and to implement them in their mode of teaching with sensitivity towards the needs of the society as well. Apart from the theoretical knowledge, the knowledge quotient is sharpened by the infrastructure amenities available at the campus. It has nine fully equipped Laboratories of which there is Autodesk centre for excellence in design, training and certification equipped with Autodesk Design Master Suite. The climatology lab is equipped with a solar powered Ambient Weather Wireless Wi-Fi Remote Monitoring Weather Station, a heliodome and other measurement devices for determining built environment comfort levels.
The institute also has a survey lab with three Total station equipments to train the students in the science of Surveying. One of the highlights of the Lab facilities is the 3D visualization Lab which is being developed as an immersive Virtual Reality environment along with 3D projection system. This VR lab will be probably the first amongst any Architecture Colleges in India. The Resource centre has been specially equipped with a double extrusion Flashforge 3D printer by which the student is free to get realistic models of any design they come up with. This is where dream becomes reality.
Thejus College of Architecture believes that architects are primarily "thinkers"- It is their job to conceive of spaces and forms as ideas before they transfer them onto paper as drawings to be later built accordingly by skilled craftsmen. Conception is a mental exercise and can happen only when the individual is happy, well informed and inspired. Thejus College of Architecture has a very good mix of theoretical orientations, modes of practice, working style, varying skill sets and above all a cosmopolitan work culture. The faculty members are graduates from reputed institutions and, most of them hold Postgraduate degrees from institutions such as CET, IIT, SPA(Delhi), CEPT and Anna University. "This smorgasbord of flavours is very important to any institution, which thinks progressively and which values innovation. This character helps the students to see design problems from various perspectives, as each faculty member is likely to interpret a problem and put a spin on it based on his knowledge and understanding," pinpoints Prof. Suboth Thomas ,Principal TCA.
To increase and ease the employability of students, Thejus College of Architecture has a designated Authorised Training and Certification an Autodesk design centre of excellence, under agreement with KKM-Soft, Chennai. Here the students of TCA can get trained and certified along with project experience through Autodesk USA. In order to provide hands on experience to students in building construction techniques using alternate building materials Thejus College of Architecture has conducted various workshop namely, Clayfingers, a design firm which specializes in pottery, so as to familiarise the students in the ancient craft of using mud as a raw material and Uravu - a Bamboo workshop at Wayanad, where an introduction to bamboo as a building material was given by the mentors of Uravu Eco Link by which the students got a working knowledge with Bamboo.
Thejus College of Architecture intends to start Master's and Doctoral degree programs in the near future and also plans to conduct summer school sessions with other premier institutions and Universities abroad and in India so as to start exchange programs, summer schools, internships etc. They believe all this would raise the bar way above and drive the Institute forward to being one amongst the top ten institutions offering Architectural Education in India.
Sri. C.C Thampi, Chairman, Cheruvathur Foundation
International entrepreneur Cheruvathur Chakutty Thampi, is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director for Holiday Group and its subsidiaries. As a passionate philanthropist, he has established Cheruvathur Foundation, which runs Thejus Engineering College and Thejus College of Architecture. He has also been instrumental in providing moral and financial support to the unprivileged children and physically challenged individuals. His passion for innovation and entrepreneurial ideas led him to explore several businesses that led to carve out a niche and lucrative business empire.
Prof. Suboth Thomas, Principal
A well seasoned academician with over 23 Years of Experience at Manipal University, Director of Architecture at Vinayaka Missions University. He has held various posts of responsibility such as the Vice President of the Indian Institute of Architects, Mangalore-Manipal centre, Course Coordinator of NPCBAERM Programme under the Aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Lakswadeep and the Andaman Nicobar islands; and has helped set up 53 State Resource Institutes in these territories for Capacity building of Architects in Earthquake Risk Management. He has various research publications to his name and has received certificate of Merit from California Building Industry foundation for research and analysis in sustainability.