Contemporary Architecture and Design

By Prof. Saptarshi Kolay   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1155
The course will impart knowledge on the historical backdrop and trends of contemporary architecture. Discussion will happen on the major phases of contemporary architecture modernism and post-modernism. The salient features of both the phases of contemporary architecture will be detailed out with reference of relevant examples. These phases of architectural school of thoughts will also be extrapolated into the domain of visual design and fine arts,for a holistic  understanding. The course will help the students in genesis of critical thinking on architectural appreciation and formulating design vocabulary.

INTENDED AUDIENCE Students and professional from the disciple of Architecture or equivalent domain.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Architecture Companies and Design Studios.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Preamble of Contemporary Architecture Architecture during Post Industrial Revolution Characteristics of Modern Architecture.
Week 2  : Phases of Modern Architecture.
Week 3  : Phases of Modern Architecture Characteristics of Post-Modern Architecture Phases of Post-Modern Architecture.
Week 4  : Phases of Post-Modern Architecture Works of master architects from contemporary era.
Week 5  : Phases of Modern Architecture ” Brutalism" Phases of Modern Architecture Metabolism Phases of Modern Architecture Late Modern Architecture Modernism in Visual Design Modernism in Industrial Design.
Week 6  : Genesis of Post- Modern Design Language Characteristics of Post-Modern Architecture and Design Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Historicism Phases of Post- Modern Architecture High-tech architecture Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Neo-modern.
Week 7  : Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Critical regionalism Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Critical regionalism Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Deconstructivism Phases of Post- Modern Architecture Deconstructivism Postmodernism in Visual Design.
Week 8  : Post-modernism in Industrial Design Works of master architects  Modern era Works of master architects Modern era Works of master architects Post- Modern era Works of master architects Post- Modern era.

Books and references

  • Fletcher, B. (1996) History of Architecture, CBS publisher. 
  • Gossel, P. (2005) Architecture in the 20th century, Vol- 1 & Vol 2, Taschen.
  • The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, Phaidon Press, 2004.
  • Vidiella, A.S. (2008) The sourcebook of Contemporary Architecture, Harper Collins.

Instructor bio

Prof. Saptarshi Kolay

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Saptarshi Kolay is presently an Assistant Professor at Architecture and Planning department of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. After completing his under graduation in Architecture form Jadavpur University, he went on to explore User Centric design at Design Programme of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Along with teaching he is pursuing his PhD from the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT-Roorkee. He was selected in student-exchange programme for Aalto University, Finland and Escola De Arte and Desino, Spain. He has received Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary, Yuva-Ratna award and has participated in Design workshop by MIT, Media lab. His current research interest includes gerontology, way-finding design, visual communication design and contemporary art and design, etc. He has conducted one NPTEL course, titled Visual Communication Design for Digital Media.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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