The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, better known as IIM Ahmedabad or simply IIMA, is a management institute located in Gujarat. It is considered to be one of the premier institutes of management education in India.
Louis Kahn, who was an exponent of exposed-brick architecture, designed the old campus. The most distinctive features of the plan are the numerous arches and square brick structures, with circles carved out in the facade. The student dormitories are connected to the main complex by a series of arched corridors and landscaped courts. An extension to the old campus built across the 132ft (40m) ring road was commissioned in 2003, with student dorms and classrooms built in a contemporary concrete design that strives to retain some elements of the old campus' architecture such as the arches and exposed brick facades. The two campuses are connected with an underpass (tunnel-walkway).
There are eleven classrooms and ten seminar rooms distributed between the old and new campuses. This is in addition to the seminar and conference rooms in the faculty wings. First year classes are held in the classrooms in the new campus. The spacious classrooms are designed to facilitate effective group discussions and communication and come equipped with multimedia facilities, networked computers, air conditioning and excellent acoustics. The fixed seating arrangement and swivel chairs permit the students to interact effectively with every person in the room.
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