School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, one of
the premier institution of the nation was initially established
as a Department of Architecture of the University of Madras
in the year 1957 and was located in the Alagappa college of
Technology, offering five year Bachelor Degree Course in Architecture
with 20 seats intake. The department was later renamed as the
The School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, and
shifted to this independent campus of our own in the year 1968.
The status of the School was further augmented as one of the
constituent college during the formation of the Anna University
in 1979. At present, the School has been made one of four constituent
autonomous institution of Anna University in 2002, with self-directed
purpose to achieve its goal and aspirations to universal standards.
The recently the School has formulated Department of Architecture
headed by the Dean Prof. P.Swaminathan.
School lengthened its aspiration to serve the society at large
by establishing higher degree courses in Architecture namely
M.Arch in 1986 and presently the specialized courses namely
- M.Arch(digital), M.Arch(Landscape) as self supporting courses
from 2002, with an intake of 20 students, is now expanded to
the current intake of 40 from the early 90's. In this academic
year the total students on role is 227 with 178 students in
the under-graduate programme and 34 students in the M.Arch programmes.
undergraduate course is on five-year duration with the uniqueness
of the course content on a semester devoted to practical training
under skilled guidance of practicing architect and another semester
on design thesis on exploring the individual student's area
of interest. The postgraduate course in Digital and Landscape
architecture of two-year duration has been structured with the
deliberations towards respond to the global change, societal
and professional needs.
QIP Cell was established by the AICTE at SAP has provided the
facilities of research for teachers of other schools besides
providing admission to PG degree course. Till date 16 teachers
from various schools of Architecture had benefited by the Cell.
The recently launched NSS Unit - SAP at the School have extended
its support to the social cause with the first year B.Arch students
well-planned campus of the school provided ample space for administration,
lecture halls and studios for both Architecture and Planning
courses, seminar rooms, staff rooms, library, multi-purpose
hall and student's common room(including separate ladies common
room) and a hobby workshop. In this academic year, the school
has advanced in Computer and Networking facilities with an exclusive
Computer Lab for UG and PG students and independent Computer
Design Studio for the M.Arch(Digital). The Computer Design Studio
consist of 40 nos. P III and P IV branded machines with high-end
multimedia software's compatibility, and LCD projectors. The
departmental library functions effectively with financial assistance
from the University, Government of Tamil Nadu and the UGC, and
the total collection of publications now exceeds 17,000.
School strength lies in the facilitation of interactive learning
through design projects, student seminar and lectures. The wealth
of data collected as part of the design and thesis has been
well appreciated by the professionals. The School an foremost
institution in India serving as an institutional model in Architecture
and Planning where other schools in this region look upon our
curricular and pedagogies for guidance.