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Chrcha- Creativity Meet on Cultural Governance


Conceptualised and organised by the Arch Academy of Design, CHR-CHA is a forum to bring together people from the design industry for interdisciplinary discussions, pivotal to Design & Creation in all fields, over a cup of tea. The forum enables individuals to examine challenges in their sectors & share their experiences, ideas, opinions and policy advocacy towards collaborative efforts, implementation methodologies and build meaningful connections with like-minded people from the community.

The most recent edition of Chr-cha held on 5th April 2017 revolved around ‘The need for a Cultural Governance Forum’. The idea behind an International Cultural Governance Forum is to collect information regarding the guise of cultural governance across a number of locations across the globe. Attended by Mr. Ian King, Professor of Aesthetics and Management, from the University of the Arts, London, and Professor Annick Shramme, Academic director, Knowledge Community  Creative Industries, Antwerp Management School, the discussion focused on how arts and cultural organizations are managed in western locations (mainly UK, USA and Europe)to understand how to manage the same and incorporate best practices in ‘cultural governance’ in non-western locations.

Learnings from such conversations will help in gaining perspective towards solving complex issues related to supporting the efforts for growing and preserving (arts-crafts-culture) civilization for the next generations. 

Arch Academy of Design 15th Convocation


On March 2nd Arch Academy of Design conducted its 15th convocation. Hon’ble minister for higher education Smt. Kiran Maheshwari, graced the occasion and presented mementos and certificates to the awardees.

Hon’ble minister was happy to see that ARCH Academy of Design is imparting education and skill development hand in hand; she was glad to see the success journey and appreciated the futuristic plans organization have.

She inaugurated ARCH Design Incubator Center and appreciated the business ideas of the students. Founder and Director Mrs. Archana Surana’s vision to impart world class design education was highly appreciated by her. She congratulated the students and alumni who are already creating success stories in the field of design and conveyed her best wishes for their future endeavors.

The dignitaries who graced this occasion are Rahul Rajmuthiah (former chief operations Big Bazar), Architect Anshuman Sharma, Hon. Secretary, IIID, Jaipur and Nitin Gupta, CII, Jaipur. Along with them Nien Siao Campus director, Arch Gurgaon; Vikas Jain Campus Director, Arch, Jaipur; Prof. Benoy Thoompunkal Academic Director, Arch Jaipur were present.

Three Hundread students across various courses received graduating certificates from our Honorable Guests. 20 students from various departments was awarded under following categories: Best Student Innovation & Best Student Overall Performance

Selected ARCH Alumni doing successful in their careers were also felicitated on this occasion.

ARCH now in Delhi NCR


After creating benchmarks in Design Education for over 16 years in the Heritage city of Jaipur, India, the ARCH ACADEMY OF DESIGN carries its proud legacy of professionalism, Artistry, & influence into its 2nd campus in India, in the Tech-City of Gurgaon.

The Gurgaon Campus is all that a Tech-City can dream of, starting with a beautiful building, warmly inviting and modern, at the same time – a true jewel and graceful addition to our Crown. With technology & the highest capacities put in place, to provide the perfect ambiance for bright, enthusiastic students of design, mentored & guided by  highly qualified and experienced faculty from all over the world. Over 40,000 sq feet of new opportunity, & the expansion of our vision, offering a bright path of possibilities for attaining new levels of Excellence in the dissemination of Design education.

The ARCH Gurgaon Campus is being set up under the leadership of Ms. Nien Siao with 27 years of experience in design education and practice. An NID graduate, her experience as a design educator, practitioner, Design Thinking trainer and Design Researcher have been in the domain of Fashion & Textiles, product development, sustainable design and lifestyle industry.

The ARCH ACADEMY OF DESIGN, GURGAON, DELHI NCR, welcomes you to be part of an Internationally recognized qualification & Design delivery in India.  Arch’s extended Gurgaon family promises to be an amalgamation of experts from across design disciplines & industries, along with an integrated and inter-disciplinary approach to the study of design, and the progression & evolution towards the empowerment of every individual through Design Education.

4th International Non Western Fashion Conference (NWFC) University of Antwerp, Belgium 24th -26th November 2016


NWFC operates within a new fashion paradigm where the Designers, Academicians & Students from all over the world gather.

Our Founder & Director, Ms. Archana Surana is a Key note Speaker at the Conference. The 4th edition of NWFC, will focus on alternatives of western-dominant framework and bridge the gap between cultural studies and fashion management, and between studies of European and non-European fashion systems. Different themes will be discussed such as ‘how to build a distinct local fashion identity’, ‘how to keep manufacturing and distribution local and/or sustainable’ and ‘how to offer an alternative to the international fashion powerhouses’ NWFC participants study fashion in a holistic, cross-cultural and relativistic way, thus disrupting the simple, oppositional, essentialist thinking that characterizes conventional fashion studies.

Three of our Fashion Students are also presenting a Research Papers at NWFC.