INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture, is an English language program taught within the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Chulalongkorn is the oldest University in Thailand, founded in 1917 by King Rama VI in honor of his father, King Chulalongkorn. The Architecture Faculty was first established in 1939, and has a long and successful history of educating professionals for practice in Thailand. The international program – INDA – was founded in 2006, aimed at meeting a growing demand for English language instruction that would better prepare students for graduate study abroad.
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design
Since its first intake of around 40 students in 2006, INDA has has grown rapidly, and now has a cohort of well over 300 students. In 2014, INDA graduated its fifth class, and is well on its way to becoming one of the preeminent design schools in the region.
With a focus on design innovation and experimentation, INDA aims to provide its graduates with a truly international perspective on architecture and design. It does so by employing instructors from around the world, including the United States, China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Russia, and Thailand. Instructors have graduated from leading international design schools, including The Architectural Association, Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, New York University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Melbourne University, and many more. Thus the faculty bring with them unique perspectives on architectural innovation from around the world.
Like many schools of architecture, INDA has a core curriculum providing essential instruction in design and communication, history and theory, and architectural construction and environmental technology courses. It further complements these with a range of courses designed to instill awareness about the unique characteristics of the region, including Tropical Architecture, Southeast Asian Architecture, Architecture Community Ecology, and Urban Design. To further complement this core curriculum, INDA also provides students with many opportunities for international engagement and collaboration through a series of workshops, traveling studios, design build projects, and tours. Many of these are facilitated by collaborations with international institutions including Parsons The New School in New York, Meiji University in Japan, and ETH in Zurich.
Although INDA has adopted architecture as its principal topic of study, it aims to show how architecture connects to other disciplines, such as landscape architecture and urban design, and thus to show how architecture is representative of design disciplines in general. It also aims to instil in students fundamental design skills such as creative and critical problem solving, an awareness of the role of design at a community level, and an ability to cope with the changing demands of the design professions in the 21st century.