Dr MS Raghavendra
Professor and Director
B.Arch: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University; 1991-96
MURP: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University; 1998-2000
PhD: University of Cambridge, 2002-06
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, UK)
Dr MS Raghavendra is an urbanist, educator, researcher, and academic administrator with interests and expertise in sustainable architecture and futures planning of cities.
He contributes as Director of Ashoka School of Planning and Architecture (from February, 2020), after having previously served as Urban Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh (2006-11), as Professor at Administrative Staff College of India (2011-18), and as Founding Director of Woxsen School of Architecture and Planning (2018-20).
Raghavendra is also the Founding Director of Centre for VENUS (Vibrant, Efficient, Networked Urban Settlements), a start-up centre established for research on the sustainable future of cities.
He has developed vision and policy documents on housing and urban development for Governments of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, and Assam. He contributed on development of the “India Infrastructure Technology Vision 2035” Document for the Government of India.
He was a key member of the team in Government of Andhra Pradesh that secured the National Urban Water Award and other National Awards of Excellence in Urban Service Delivery/eGovernance.
He holds a PhD from the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he was supervised by Professor MarcialEchenique. Dr Raghavendra was awarded the prestigious full-cost Gates Cambridge Scholarship for his doctoral education at Cambridge (2002-06). The Mission of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
He has served as a Jury Member for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Civil Service, and currently serves on Academic Councils of a few national Schools of Architecture. He has blogged in the Huffington Post, The Better India, and The Gates Cambridge Blog.
Area of Interest: Sustainable Architecture, City Planning, Infrastructure Planning and Design
Subjects Taught: Introduction to Architecture, Project Management, Human Settlements, Infrastructure Development and Management.