Sonam (M.Phi. '13 HSS) has a passion for art and nature and has authored four books on the subject. She is the Chief-in-Pedagogy, Ethos | Acedge, an e-learning platform that makes masters of Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Design accessible to the fraternity through its events and courses. She is an alumnus of Sir J.J. College of Architecture and IIT Bombay. She was conferred the MASA Best Teachers Award 2016, Ministry of Culture Grant for research in 2017 and has also received the Saint Gobain Scholarship-2018, and the Sahapedia–UNESCO Fellowship, 2018.
Most would agree that design is a sensory field. Design is not just about the beauty and aesthetics, but also about utility, comfort, and well-being; of the environment, our ecology, our society and every individual accessing it. When courses on architecture and design were initially started online, they mostly covered theoretical topics where the discourse was comfortably a monologue. The world of Architecture was eagerly awaiting the release of Frank Gehry’s (known for being the architect of the Walt Disney Concert Hall) course on Masterclass in 2017 to know the secret behind his voluptuous titanium facades. Well, he did not disappoint his audience. The 3-hour long Masterclass was packed with anecdotes, lessons on ‘how I play my game’, and an approach to identify one’s signature. Yet most of these sessions, much like MOOCs, seemed impersonal and lacked the one-to-one mentoring that architecture demands.