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The Department of Architecture is the first in South India to offer Ph.D program in Architecture with an interdisciplinary outlook. The Department constantly strives its best to position itself at the forefront of cutting-edge research in pace with global standards.

Areas of Research

  • Architecture History & Theory
  • Traditional Studies and Vernacular Architecture
  • Medical Architecture
  • Sustainable and green Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • Housing
  • Digital Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Urban and Regional planning
  • Environmental planning


Research activities

Research activities have been growing in all metrics with respect to the quantity and quality of researchers.

Doctorates awarded to the faculty:

  • Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu – "Social Manifestation of house in Rural Tamil Nadu".
  • Dr.K.R.Sitalakshmi – "Architecture of Indian Modernity – The Case of Madras".
  • Dr. P. Meenakumari – "Assessment on the user needs for therapeutic built environment in cancer care facilities Chennai, India".
  • Dr. Elango M – " Identification of relative significance of criteria for evaluating architectural design – A case study of housing typology, Chennai city, India".
  • Dr. Santhakumar S – "An underground space use suitability analysis approach for cities in India – A case study of George town in Chennai City".

On-going research by the faculty

  • Ms.Rukkumany. R.H. – "Traditional Water Management and its relationship to Spatial Planning".
  • Ms.Rajeswari. R – "Repositioning water in Urban lives in the context of climate change – Case of a rapidly urbanizing city, Chennai".
  • Mr. P. Yuvaraj – "Use of Waste Plastic in Construction".
  • Mr.SanthanAthmanam S. S – "Data Analytics and Intelligent technology aided design approach for built environment"

Sponsored research

The department encourages faculty to undertake research projects. A few of the sponsored research projects are.

  • Dr M D Devadas (retired) and Dr M Elango – e– PG Pathshala Architecture: e– Content Development for Post Graduate Subject– Architecture UGC sponsored (Completed & uploaded 194 modules) – Rs. 113 lakhs
  • Dr RaneeVedamuthu and Dr P MeenaKumari – SAP– DRS project 2016– 2021, Thrust Area 1: Architecture and Urban Conservation Studies Thrust Area 2: Digital Technology in Architecture and Urban Design– 44 Lakhs

Faculty Achievements

Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate and disseminate their research in international conferences, symposiums and competitions.

  • Books Published recently by faculty
    Name of the Faculty Title of the book/chapters published Year
    Dr. K.R.Sitalakshmi Architecture of Indian Modernity - The Case of Madras 2015
    Dr. Elango. M Design Evaluation Managing Resource Efficiency 2018
    Preferences and Relative Significance of Criteria During Design Process 2018
    Ms. J.Jeyaradha Preferences and Relative Significance of Criteria During Design Process 2018

  • Faculty awards from national and international institutes and organizations
    Name of the Faculty Year of Award Name of the award, fellowship, received from Government or recognised bodies
    Dr. Ranee Maria Leonie Vedamuthu 2016 DAAD Science Tour 2016 "City of the Future"
    Ms. Rajeswari R 2019 Best Paper Award
    Dr. Ranee Maria Leonie Vedamuthu 2019 Member of International Jury for Designing Resilience in Asia, DRIA 2019
    Dr. Kiranmayi Raparthi 2019 Special mention award for Designing Resilience in Asia, DRIA 2019
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