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.
Year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design Degree
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Degree would I receive from INDA?
Students who complete the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design degree.
What can I do with my INDA Degree?
You can do lots of things!
Our alumni are practicing architecture professionally and working in other related design professions around the world!
In 2013 INDA was awarded accreditation from the Architecture Council of Thailand (ACT). This means that students who graduate from INDA are eligible to take the professional Thai Architecture licensing exam after working in an architecture firm for at least 2 years.
Many of our students also pursue further education – Masters degrees – at top universities.
When do classes start? When do classes end?
INDA’s academic calendar runs on a two semester system, with special workshops, projects in between sessions.
The first semester runs from August to December.
The second semester runs from January to May.
In the ‘summer’ period from May to August, there are study tours, design build projects, and design build for community projects.
Check out the INDA Academic Calendar for the current schedule and events.
What are classes like at INDA?
Courses at INDA can be divided into three general categories: studio courses, lecture courses, and hybrid courses.
Design studio courses are the core of the design and architecture education. These courses are three and a half hour studio sessions twice a week where you will meet with your professor to discuss, develop, and and receive critical feedback on your work. The maximum professor to student ratio for these courses is 1 to 12. The average professor student to student ratio is 1 to 10.
Lecture courses are typically for subjects like history and theory, where you will follow along and ask questions during a lecture and receive feedback on your exams, projects, and papers. The professor to student ratio for lecture based courses is around 1 to 80.
Hybrid courses are a mix between a design studio and a lecture course. In this type of course you will be moving back and forth between concepts and hands on work. The professor to student ratio for these courses is around 1 to 20.
Learn more about the curriculum.
Where is INDA?
INDA is located in Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture Building in the heart of Bangkok.
Being based in Bangkok is ideal for students and faculty alike – enabling direct engagement and study of a rapidly evolving city fabric, rich culture, and fascinating histories.
In addition to studies within Bangkok, INDA students also engage in workshops, study tours, and design build projects all over the world.