Chandigarh College of Architecture

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Chandigarh College of Architecture
Academic affiliation
Panjab University
PrincipalSangeeta Bagga Mehta
Sector 12, Chandigarh, IndiaIndia
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Entrance foyer
Students enacting a play during the annual fest "Archo"

The Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) is a college imparting education and research in the field of architecture. It covers the north-western region of India including the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The college has an enrolment of 200 undergraduates.[1]


Chandigarh College of Architecture was established on 7 August 1961 in Chandigarh, India, and was set up to impart education in architecture. Le Corbusier, who developed Chandigarh's master plan in 1951, got CCA established as a part of the Chandigarh Experiment. [2]


The college offers a five-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) for which it is affiliated to the Panjab University in the Faculty of Design and Fine Arts. A semester system has been in place since 1972. A two-tier scheme has been in effect from 1985. The 10 semester course is offered in two tiers: Stage One, from first to sixth semester or three years and Stage Two, from seventh to tenth semester or two years. Stage One consists of theoretical subjects, tutorials, workshop practice and studio work for a basic grounding in the knowledge about architecture and its tools and skills. Stage Two comprises a six-month practical training followed by a large number of elective courses and studies of urban design, professional practice, town-planning and a thesis. In 1998, the program was modified to introduce more interdisciplinary courses and upcoming themes like building automation and sustainable design.


The campus is housed inside the PEC University of Technology (formerly Punjab Engineering College) Campus, Sector 12 in Chandigarh. CCA is widely spread in 5-acre (20,000 m2) campus with its own cricket ground, basketball court, volleyball court and a gym. The boys hostel is located 250 yards (230 m) at the back and the girls hostel is located in adjacent sector-11.

Annual events[edit]

"Corbu Day" is the annual founder's day which is celebrated on 6 October i.e. the birthdate of Le Corbusier. Guest lectures by eminent architects are held on this day. Awards and scholarships are awarded to meritorious students.

The annual college fest "Archo" is held in March. The event is an inter-house competition amongst four houses, namely Kanishka, Kalinga, Maurya and Ashoka. Students participate in cultural, sports and design contests over a period of two weeks.

In the year 2011, the college completed its 50 Years and the Golden Jubilee celebrations were carried out. 2011Pritzker Prize Laureate, Eduardo Souto de Moura, was the keynote speaker at the event.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Baburam Bhattarai - 35th Prime Minister of Nepal.[4]
  • Deepika Gandhi - Director, Le Corbusier Centre, Chandigarh Architecture Museum and Pierre Jeanneret House, Chandigarh Chandigarh[5]


  1. ^ Archnet
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  3. ^ de Moura, Eduardo Souto. "Eduardo visits Chandigarh". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "NDTV News".
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Coordinates: 30°45′56″N 76°47′01″E / 30.76556°N 76.78361°E / 30.76556; 76.78361