NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture & Center of Interior-Environment and Design invites applicants for B. Arch, M. Arch and BA (Hons) Interior-Environment Design

Mumbai, India, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA) was established in 2007 at a time when India was undergoing a dynamic change due to the liberalization of its economy and major changes in the cultural sphere. The school had the challenge of imagining the architect for these new times and new challenges. With changing user demands and the proliferation of new building materials and technologies, the world of architecture and the built environment was undergoing a sea change. The school opened with the intention of examining a designer’s practice, engaging with multiple disciplines, and laying the foundation for a research-driven practice.

Recognized by the Council of Architecture (COA), the 5-year program Bachelor of Architecture is designed to generate and debate new ways of teaching and learning in architecture. The architectural profession today has new roles and responsibilities compared to the conventional model of the service provider and a technocrat delivering smart building solutions through rigorous academic and field projects. The main attempt of the program is to expand the opportunities of architecture and design to new dimensions of fields ranging from socio-cultural studies to management studies. To achieve this, the program aims to constantly adapt and infuse new concepts both from a technological and management point of view through various programs, including the elective program, and para-academic workshops, but also by having students complete a 15 to 18 week internship in architecture, planning and construction companies. All of this offers 360 degree exposure based on studio learning, interactive sessions with industry leaders, case studies and other engaging projects. The Institute also has a dedicated placement cell to ensure students land on their feet.

BSSA offers a period of five years bachelor of architecture diploma according to the standards of the Council of Architecture. To apply, one must have passed the 10+2 exam scheme with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also achieve 50% overall marks in the 10+2 exam. They are also required to score a minimum of 70 out 200 dots the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). The registration process includes filling admission forms and other similar formalities, after which a merit list is declared based on the individual scores.

Launched in 2018, the Master’s Program in Architecture is a natural 2-year extension of the bachelor’s program to extend its philosophy to advanced design experimentation in contemporary architecture and urban environments. Given the rapid increase in urbanization, the course is designed to train professionals to experiment and develop new innovative design strategies to create architectural conditions and structures that use design to build human and creative environments , as well as committed companies. The course offers digital prototyping and fabrication workshops as well as an international curriculum and numerous live and interactive sessions with prominent industry leaders.

To advance the ideas and agendas of the school in the field, a few years ago the school also set up a program of Master in Architecture. To be part of the master’s program, it is necessary that students achieve a minimum of 50% overall marks in the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) course or any other equivalent course recognized by the Council of Architecture. A committee set up by the school will review the candidate’s portfolio of work, as well as the technical requirements, after which he will be invited for a personal interview. A cumulative assessment of the candidate’s academic record, portfolio of work, as well as performance at the interview (if invited) will be the criteria for the candidate’s entry into the M.Arch program. There is no age limit for admission of final year students.

Under the NMIMS-BSSA banner, the Interior-Environment and Design Center (CIED) is a new platform for those who wish to evolve design philosophy at the scale of interior environments. For too long interior design has been misunderstood as simply the techniques of building and enhancing indoor environments. But as director of CIED, Dr. Kaiwan Mehta emphasizes, “The inner worlds and environments are the new sphere of engagement with human lives, whether it be the space of family life, working environments, education, business or pleasure. – knowledge and philosophy of inner worlds is something Design is beginning to explore more and more today, and in IndiaNMIMS-BSSA’s CIED can be at the forefront of this philosophical and design challenge and innovation paradigms.”

CIED offers Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Interior-Environment & Design program which is designed with a broader concept aimed at exposing students to various design ideas as well as typologies such as hospitality, retail, housing, etc. This 3-year journey helps students take part in interactive workshops, explore ideas through design studios, follow Indian and international study tours, work on advanced computation and spatial dynamics and also choose their courses to choose from, thereby strengthening their cognitive and abstract thinking skills.

To be eligible for admissions, students must qualify for the personal interview conducted by the Center of Interior-Environment Design. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 50% overall marks on their 10+2 exam or equivalent in any stream. Alternatively, one can hold a 10+3 (diploma) any stream recognized by central and state government. The registration process includes filling out the forms followed by a personal interview in the event of pre-selection.

New Dean at BSSA, Dr Kaiwan Mehta, who has been engaged in education as well as in the field of architecture as a theoretician, proposes to further develop these programs for even more new ideas in the field of architecture today, all over the world . The idea is to diversify and specialize the learning processes of the architect of the future, so that he can adapt to new challenges with creative actions generated by critical thinking. As he says, “Design choices are always a complex set of micro-decisions that combine our familiarity with the past and present of technologies as well as human relationships. The architect must be aware enough to debate visions of the future of human societies and citizenship, as well as understanding the struggles between culture, nature and stories. All of this will enhance an architect’s ability to be able to interpret the needs of our time, through form and space, material and construction, designs and sites, in the design of buildings and human settlements – so that we may have architecture that enriches our world for all humanity!”

On Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA)

NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA) focuses on various modes of teaching, researching and practicing architecture. It emphasizes the ever-changing ethos, behavioral sciences, tools and techniques, and assimilates everything into the expression of contemporary design. Balwant Sheth School of Architecture (BSSA) is a young school established in 2007. Since its inception, highly qualified and internationally exposed faculty members have been immersed in a journey to explore the “design process”. Our program is steeped in studio models of contemporary design and advanced technology. Students benefit from holistic exposure and understanding through art, history, technology, architectural design, and the building process. Balwant Sheth School of Architecture would learn from the past, envision the future, redefine, improve, integrate the present and constantly evolve. As we move forward, the institute will explore its focus on climate change, technological advancements, and multidisciplinary approach to tackling design issues and continuing to evolve its academic discourse.

On Center for Interior Planning and Design (CIED)

The Center for Indoor Environment and Design (CIED) is a natural direction to pursue the design philosophy of NMIMS at the scale of indoor environments. It focuses on various modes of architectural teaching, research and practice. It emphasizes the ever-changing ethos, behavioral sciences, tools and techniques, and assimilates everything into the expression of contemporary design. We have become an experimentation platform for multiscalar design ranging from furniture to architecture and urban studies. BA Hons Interior Environment & Design – It is a 3-year program that acts as a platform for experimentation for multi-scalar design ranging from furniture to architecture to urban studies. A variety of core, value-added and multi-disciplinary subjects are offered throughout the program to expose students to areas of art, history, humanities, sociology, film, journalism, outside of core design, technology and professional studies to create a holistic learning environment and situate the practice of interior design within a larger context. Some of the suggested topics would include the wood shop, pottery, painting, object art, photography, printmaking, project management, film: process and product, and journalism.


Established in 1981, NMIMS is recognized today as a world-class university with strong links to industry. It offers multiple disciplines on eight campuses which consist of 17 specialist schools, over 17,000 full-time students and over 800 full-time faculty members, ten faculty members with the Fulbright Scholarship and the Humboldt International Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. The Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) laid the foundation stone for this reputable university, with the aim of meeting the growing demand for management institutes in the country. It is known for its consistent academic quality and research-driven approach to holistic education. SVKM’s NMIMS was granted Category I university status by the 2018 MHRD/UGC Graduated Autonomy Regulations, and the NMIMS campus in Mumbai is NAAC-accredited with A+ (CGPA of 3.59.)


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