INTERNAL FACULTY

Professor and Director

Dr MS Raghavendra

B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (now JNAFAU); 1991-96

MURP: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (now JNAFAU); 1998-2000

PhD: Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2002-06

Dr MS Raghavendra is an Architect Planner with nearly two decades of experience in teaching and practice of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Infrastructure Development.

His teaching experience in architecture and urban planning includes teaching undergraduate and graduate students in SRM University, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University and its affiliated Colleges, and more recently at the Administrative Staff College of India, where he served as Professor between 2011-18. He has served as an external examiner of PhD Theses at Schools of Architecture including CEPT, Ahmedabad.

Dr MS Raghavendra has consulting experience early in his career as an Architect and has thereafter contributed as an Urban Planner in supporting national urban development programmes through policy development and programmatic advisory in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam, and Maharashtra.

Some of his contributions including development of Capacity Enhancement Strategy for Mumbai civic body, Urban Livelihoods Development Framework for Tamil Nadu, Homes for All Strategy for Odisha and Assam, A-Z of Urban Planning Support to Civic Bodies (Telangana), Urban Planning Legislation for Odisha, Urban Infrastructure Vision Document for Odisha, and Climate Change Preparedness for various civic bodies in the country.

He contributed on the Anil Kakodkar Committee established by Government of India for developing the nation’s Infrastructure Technology Vision for 2035 and on other Committees at the state and national levels. He is an invitee on the Oxford Roundtable on Environment.

Dr Raghavendra received his Doctorate (PhD) from the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, in 2006. He was awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue his doctoral education at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Raghavendra blogs in the Huffington Post, the Better India, and in the Gates Cambridge Blog. He believes these are exciting times to study and practice the discipline of architecture because the nation’s flight of urbanisation and growth provides architects of the future the opportunity to sustainably plan and design cities and their built form and fabric

Area of Interest: Sustainable Architecture, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Development, Capacity Enhancement

Associate Professor

AR Srinivasa Rao Sadhu

B.Arch: Andhra University (1997-2002)

M.Arch: JNAFAU –HYDERABAD (2002-2004) – MURP

Mr.Srinivasa has more than ten years of experience in architectural design, with his exceptional skills and experience in planning, detailing, designing, he made many contributions to the public and private sectors. He established Sadhu Associates in Hyderabad that deals with various architecture, urban planning and interior designing projects. He is a member of the Indian Institute of Architects(IIA), Council of Architecture (C.O.A), All Indian Institute of town planners India (AIITPI), Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID)

Area of Interest: Architectural Design, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Management

Associate Professor

AR Sai Kumar Ch

B.Arch: Sri Venkateshwara College of Architecture, Hyderabad (1998-2003)

M.Tech: SPA, JNA & FAU- Interior Design (2013-2015)

Sai Kumar has 20 years of architectural teaching experience and was associated with all major colleges in Hyderabad.

Area of Interest: Architectural and Interior Design, Graphic Design, Wood Sculpture & Architecture Model making

Associate Professor

AR Harish Vangara

B.Arch.: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (2002-2007)

M.Arch: University of Sheffield (2007-2009) – Landscape Architecture

He has 10 years of experience over a wide range of projects like residential, resorts, hotels, farm Houses, urban High-Rise commercial complexes, mixed used Complexes, high–rise and mid-rise Condominium Buildings and large scale Residential Development. He is a renowned landscape Architect with ISOLA, India.

In 2012, he founded his landscape architecture firm IAMMIES LANDSCAPES. He dealt with many major landscape projects across the nation like redevelopment of Visakhapatnam port after Hud-Hud cyclone, landscape under Hyderabad metro rail project, APUG & BCL urban parks, indoor stadium for Bhongir municipal corporation and so on. Harish Vangara worked as a landscape architect at BDP, New Delhi which has won IIT Mandi and IIT Jodhpur Commissioning under his leadership. He worked as an architect at ARK Dm and BHS Interiors prior to that from 2007-2010.

He won third prize for Landscaping under Metro Via-duct competition by HMR in 2012 conducted by Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited. In 2008, he won RHS Chelsea London, Silver Guilt (Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Gilt Gold medal awarded garden by Nigel Dunnett, Adrian Hallam and Chris Arrowsmith). In the furniture design category, he won A+D Interior Design Commendation Prize in 2002.

Area of Interest: Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, Interior Design

Assistant Professor

AR Anusha A

B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (2006-2011)

M.Arch: Manipal University, Faculty of Architecture (2013- 2016)

Anusha has been into Academics for 6 years, teaching in various colleges since 2011. She was associated with Manipal University, Vaishnavi College in the past. She has got 2 years of industry experience. Anusha also works on freelance architecture projects in Hyderabad.

Area of Interest: Advance design which includes Advance construction, materials and technology Environmental related aspects.

Assistant Professor

AR P Vindhya Kanthi

B.Arch: CSI institute of technology (2012-2017)

M.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad (2017-2019) – Masters in Interior Design

Vindhya Kanthi has interned with Studiomm Bangalore. She started her career while pursuing her architecture working part time for Bkt associates. She was involved in designing various commercial and residential projects in Bangalore and Hyderabad. She was associated with Hamstech for a period of 6 months.

Area of Interest: Architectural Design, Interior Design

Assistant Professor

AR Lavanya Padala

B.Arch: School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada (2010-2015)

M.Arch: Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (2016-2018) – Infrastructure Systems

She worked as a Principal Architect at S+Archwin firm in Visakhapatnam from 2018-2020 which deals with many residential and commercial projects, public buildings. She worked in JBR Architecture College as an assistant professor in 2015.

Professor

AR Gowthami Satyavarapu

B.Arch: Andhra University, India (2009 – 2014)

M.Arch: University of Nottingham, UK (2016 – 2017)

Ph.D: University of Nottingham, UK (2019 – present)

S.Gowthami has as overall architectural experience of five years in Architecture, Urban design, Landscape, Interiors as well as product design. She has a teaching experience of 16 months Asst. professor at GITAM deemed to be University, India where she taught Landscape and architectural Sociology apart from Design studio. Her practical experience is about two years where she worked with Degree Design Shift, India on several projects ranging from residential to commercial. She is presently pursing Ph.D. at University of Nottingham, UK in Architecture (social sciences) where her research focuses on visual preservation of South Indian Temple Towns.

Area of Interest: Urban design, Visual Anthropology, Architectural Sociology, Landscape, Interior and Product Design.

Assistant Professor

AR Sai Krishna Sanga

D.Arch: SGM Govt. Polytechnic.

B.Arch: VAISHNAVI SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, Hyderabad (2010-2015)

M.Arch: JNAFAU (2017-2019) – ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN. (Pursuing)

Sai Krishna Sanga is an Assistant Professor & has an active practice. He has about 4 years of teaching experience and has worked in the leading Architectural firms starting from his student days. He has worked on a diverse range of projects that includes Institutional Buildings, mixed used Complexes, high rise apartments, gated community as an assistant architect & later worked on residential projects as a freelance collaborator. He has been in Active practice since 2015; Projects include Furniture Design, Residential & retail Interiors, Individual residences, Temple precinct development at Bonthapally.

Saikrishna has worked as an assistant architect at Shankar consultants & Arch plus, Hyderabad. He worked as an intern at SAND associates and Abhikram architects. He has been invited by various institutes for workshops on Evolving forms in Architectural design & He has been invited as a workshop mentor for the 59th edition of Annual NASA held at POORNIMA UNIVERSITY – JAIPUR.

Area of Interest: Environmental design & simulation, Sustainable Urbanism, Net zero Design, Architectural sketching

Assistant Professor

AR Anoli Shah

B.Arch: Vadodara Design Academy in Gujarat University (2011 – 2017)

Anoli has interned in Vernacular eco architecture with Didi Contractor in Himachal Pradesh. Anoli has done official Practical Training in 2017 with Architect Vinu Daniel at Wall Makers, Kerala. She worked as an architect for two years at Design Experiment, Hyderabad from 2017 to 2019. She is the founder and principal architect at Kunthulabdhi studios in Hyderabad. Her practise include Architecture, Furniture Design and Interiors.

Area of Interest: Her Area of Interest resides in documentation and analysis of the built environment and exploring construction techniques with natural materials. She is interested in vernacular materials like bamboo, mud, exposed brick. etc.

ALLIED FACULTY

Assistant Professor

ER B. Ravi Kumar

B. Tech: JNTU Hyderabad university (2010-2014)– Civil Engineering

M. Tech: JNTU Kakinada university (2017-2019) – Structural Engineering

B.Ravi Kumar is a qualified Structural Engineer with 3 years teaching experience at Ellenki college of engineering and technology in Hyderabad Telangana. He has a widespread knowledge base, having taught structural mechanics, Surveying I & II, Design & Analysis of Steel Structures, Building material, Construction Planning and countless other modules to his students. His academic research involved the study of Strength & Permeability of Properties of Concrete by using Fly Ash & Rice Husk Ash which he has a publication with the International Journal of Research Sciences and Advanced Engineering in 2019. Ravi’s previous projects involve Design & Analysis of Grid Floor by using ETabs and Rehabilitation & Retrofitting of Buildings.

Area of Interest: Structural Mechanics, Surveying and Levelling

VISTING FACULTY

Associate Professor - Visiting Faculty

AR Ram Divakar

B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (1973-1978)

M.Arch: Post Graduate Diploma D.I.I.T – IIT Bombay (1980)– Industrial Design

Design Direction: Summer course at Domus Academy. Milan, Italy (1996).

B.Ram Divakar has over 30 years of experience in Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design. Presently he is a Principal Architect designer at Diva Designs in Hyderabad, established in 1986, dealing with a variety of projects viz. offices, restaurants, showrooms, residences and others, since 1986. His notable project experience also comprise of Eesha (ZOI) hospital-Somajiguda, Eco Tourism project-Jannaram for – TSTDC, Eco Tourism Project-Kadam -TSTDC, Tourist Amenities at Kaleswaram –TSTDC and many more. He has worked on a variety of advanced developments from designing Industrial design to craft design products.

He trained and conducted Skill development workshops 15 days to 6 months duration for the artisans in different crafts, Palm leaf and Sisal fiber -at SHARE, Vellore; Wood – at Maradu , Kerala; Lacquer- Etikoppaka; Kondapalli toys Nirmal- at Hyderabad, for Ministry of Textiles, Department of Handicraft

Area of Interest: Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Sketching, Drawing and Interior Perspectives.

Professor

AR Vasanta Sobha Turaga

B.Arch: School of Planning and Architecture, JNT University, Hyderabad (1990-1995)

M.Arch: School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (1995-1997)

PhD: Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad (2009-Pursuing)

Vasantha Shoba was the principal at School of Architecture and Planning, Nims University, Jaipur in 2015 and Sri Venkateswara College of Architecture, Hyderabad in 2012. She has founded 22 years old Vasaamaha Consultants in Hyderabad which works on various Architecture, Conversation and Urban Planning Projects. She is associated as an expert conservation and heritage specialist consultant with various projects namely Allahabad Smart City Project, Dargahs of Hyderabad- Survey for Telangana Govt, Warangal (KUDA area) Master Plan, Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development Proposals for CRDA Master Plan (VGTMUDA), Andhra Pradesh and many others. She is the founder secretary for SAPLING which is a student organisation working on tree plantations, waste disposal and various environmental awareness programmes.

Area of Interest: Herniate, Conservation and Tourism Architecture, Urban Designer, Urban Planner

Professor

AR Kalpana Raghavenra

B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad – (1991-1996)

M.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad – Master of Urban and Regional Planning – (1998-2000)

Kalpana Raghavenra has extensive academic experience of about 24 years and served as HOD in Masterji College of Architecture, Hyderabad from 2012-2018. Kalpana Raghavendra also contributed as a Director in Aurora College of Architecture for a year. She has contributed as senior faculty in various Schools of Architecture across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

She has been working as a freelance architect and associated with various architectural and Interiors projects. Some of the major projects that she is associated with are Warangal Smart City project, Urban design for Achampet Town, Housing for all Project of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Govt. She has worked on designing various commercial, residential, housing and urban projects.
Area of Interest: Perception studies and behaviour studies of small spaces, Urban Infrastructure, Urban Environment Management, Low Cost Housing, Hospital Design, Institutional Design, Barrier Free Architecture, Vernacular Style, Acoustics and Auditorium Design

Associate Professor

AR Vamshidhar Beera

B. Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, SPA, Hyderabad; 1994-99

M.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, SPA, Hyderabad; 1999-01

With over 14 years of industry experience in the field of architecture, Vamsidhar Beera the Principle Architect and Managing Partner at Archplus from 2015. He worked on many architecture, urban design, infrastructure and mixed use projects. He also has academic acperience and is associated as visiting faculty with Woxen International. He has been guiding students and taking internal and external juries all across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Area of Interest: Residential and Commercial Architecture, Architectural Drawing and Graphics, Construction Technologies, Sustainable Architecture

Assistant Professor

AR Hari Priya

B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, SPA, Hyderabad (2002-2007)

Hari Priya started Curve Architects Private Limited in 2011 that extended to become Bilva Design Consultants Private Limited where she worked on many major architectural and interior projects. Earlier to that, she has 4 years of practical experience working at SMG Design Inc, Hyderabad and Architect Kishor Kothari, Pune.

She also worked as Survey Architect for movie projects viz., Magadheera, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, Damarukam, Set Design & Art Direction for theatre plays, since 2008. She was a visiting faculty at Hamstech during 2010-2018, CSIT in 2012, Woxsen in 2018 and Bodhi Vruksha School of Art & Design, Vijayawada in 2019. As an additional attribute, she’s also a personal fitness trainer since 2016.

Area of Interest: Architecture, Interior Design & CPM (Construction Project Management)

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