Architect Binumol Tom, the head of the Department of Architecture at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam presented her paper on “Architectural Transition: Tradition to Contemporary” at 60 th Annual NASA Convention held at DC School of Architecture, Vagamon. By giving examples of birds, which make their own nests with the materials available in the locality, she started her talk with an advice for students of architecture to learn their basic lessons from nature. Architecture is a social art, she said. Corrupted architecture happens due to the lack of design literacy. May be they thinking that their designs have no impact on the day-to-day life. When you are a design illiterate, you are unable to criticize sharply. We have to create public awareness against concrete jungles. We need repository knowledge systems, response to natural ecology, human scale, mixed land use, gender-sensitive spaces, sustainable building practices and streets for people and pedestrians should be given importance while we take up a new project. Contemporary functionality in architecture overrides tradition. We have to say no to architectural monsters. Modernism brought replacement rather than adaptation of design systems from tradition. A building should be a truth. As a great admirer of Lauri Baker, I promote “Bakerism” in architecture; I also dislike falsehood and cheat like him. She regretted that she could not have enough courage in her initial professional period to follow Baker, when Baker’s disciples were outcasted by others.