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Prof. Rekha Sreenivas, M.Arch.,
Principal & Professor

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Presently Heading the Rathinam School of Architecture as Principal and Professor Rekha Sreenivas is an architect graduated with a bachelor degree in architecture from B.M.S College of Engineering of Bangalore University in 1987 and has been working in the field of Architectural consultancy, Construction, and Interior Designing since1990. After graduation, worked with a well-known experienced firm called Saher and Ghadiali architects for two years. Here she has handled various residential, commercial, and educational buildings independently both in terms of architecture and interior designing.

In 1989, joined a structural consultancy firm called Gerame run by a world-renowned high-rise building designer Dr. H.R.Vishwanath, a former Principal of B.M.S College of Engineering. Here, handled bigger projects for public sectors like BEML and ITI. After working for two years at Gerame, started a partnership firm called Ila and Rekha in 1991 and has been practicing architecture and Interior designing till date. Having worked as a consultant for about 30 years, apart from consultancy, she dedicated herself to teaching. Completed masters M.Arch from Excel School of Architecture and Planning, Kumarapalyam, Tamil Nadu. As an academician, her interventions are in the areas of Traditional Architecture & Planning, History of Architecture, Basic Design, and Environment-friendly Materials & Architecture.

“Architecture is a matrix of Understanding the Ecosystem”

Purushothaman Arumugam M.Arch., (PhD-NITT)
Associate Professor & Head

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Presently Heading the Rathinam School of Architecture as HoD and he had been into various roles as An Architect, Academician, and Educationalist & Researcher. Graduated Architecture (B.Arch) from AMACE, Anna University and specialised his masters in Building management (M.Arch) from Sathyabama University, His area of Expertise lies in Vernacular Architecture, Sustainable Planning, Energy Efficient Building Architecture, Energy use/Audit and Comfort & Adoptability of buildings. He strongly believes that Architecture is the one and only stream in Engineering where it gives a complete solution to the people who are in need of a Comfortable space – Physically, Aesthetically and psychologically in planning, execution & validation even after its completion. He published various papers understanding the Indoor Comfort of Villages in India, Assessed building elements towards perception quality, analysed planning strategies of Temples & tested various Design elements performances.

More than a Decade under the name of Design 2 Studios (D2 Studios) he designed & built various Residential, Commercial, Healthcare, Educational, Recreational & Institutional Buildings within the Country. By Being an Academician and Educationalist tutored numerous Students in the Field of Architecture & Civil engineering Since 2011 who are still achieving in the Field of Architecture and Building Construction as a notable Icon’s of the Industry. As an Academician handled various subjects at all the streams under Architecture and Highly Specialised in Architectural Design, Detailing in Building Construction, Theory of Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, History of Architecture-traditional & Modern/Indian & global Contexts, Vernacular Architecture, Energy efficient Sustainable practices & Architectural Graphics. And also he is quite good at Architecture bylaws and its professional Ethics too. Himself been to various architectural institutions as member jury and Expert external Panellist and so on.

Ar. Kathiresan Manoharan M.Arch (UD).,
Associate Professor

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Kathiresan Manoharan is the Senior Associate Professor in Rathinam School of Architecture and offers a definite inclusive background. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Anna University and earned an M.Arch. in Urban Design from the School of Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. He processes a truly global outlook enriched by his experience as a leader and a team player in prestigious multi-cultural and multi-ethnic design groups.

Kathiresan Manoharan has collaborated as an architect and urban designer in several leading architectural practices in India. During his experience as Project Architect, he has worked on many highly acclaimed projects ranging from sustainable satellite settlements, institutional architecture, mass housing to commercial office buildings, and luxury villas. Also, he has lead teams in design competitions at regional and international levels which have won appreciation for its thematic content.

Within his academic background, Kathiresan Manoharan has taught at the Marg Institute of Design and Architecture, Swarna Bhoomi as a professor in residence. He is actively involved in architectural discourse and has been invited as speaker and panelist in International seminars pertaining to Urbanism. Besides his focus on Architecture and Urbanism, he is involved in the research about Geometry and its impact on the activity of the brain and the body.

V. RAM SHANKARI
M.Arch
Assistant Professor

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Shankari is a free-spirited person with a carrier interest in architecture and design education. She has graduated in architecture from Anna university and due to her inherent inquisitiveness, she went on to pursue her masters in general architecture. Besides her carrier interest in architecture education, she is a freelance graphic designer and qualified animator. Her creativity has found expression as online comics, stop motion animations,.etc….. besides her role as a designer she is equally passionate about empowering and providing knowledge support to the underprivileged.

V. KANAGADARA
M.Arch (Adv.Design)
Assistant Professor

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Kanagadara.V is geek enthusiastic about software and its application in Architectural Design and inquiry. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Anna University and owing to her interest in energy-efficient and climate-responsive Architecture she went on to do her Masters in Advanced Design. On completing her education she joined an emerging Architectural practice to pursue her professional aspirations. Over time, while in pursuit of identifying the self, she developed a passion for Architectural academia, which consequentially led her to evolve as an inspirational teacher.

Having been brought up in a culturally rich, traditional environment she always had a love for traditional arts and Crafts, heritage buildings, and indigenous construction techniques which led her to extensively document the Chettinadu Building Crafts practiced in Karaikudi for INTACH. Besides her venture into design education, she is perusing a research-based practice to create meaningful and context empathetic architecture.

A. SHYAM PRAKASH
B.Arch., MCoA
Assistant Professor

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Shyam is a passionate and enthusiastic design professional associated with the Rathinam School of Architecture in the capacity of assistant professor. He completed his graduation in Architecture from KAHE and took to teaching owing to his love for inquisitive kids and knowledge sharing. Shyam besides being an academician has an inclination towards Urbanism, a found interest when he worked as a Research Assistant and Program Coordinator in Informal Settlements Research Project under Building Inclusive Urban Communities (BINUCOM) organized by Danube University, Europe. As a young and evolving architect, Shyam seeks to find expression for his learning’s though designing meaningful community based and religious projects. His appetite for teaching makes him take the extra mile where he does restrict his sharing knowledge with college students alone; he involves himself in empowering underprivileged school children in every means possible.

ER.K.SRI.PRANAP
B.E., M.E(SE)., M.I.S.T.E.,
Assistant Professor (Senior Grade I)

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Sri Pranap is a dynamic academician with a keen interest in formulating customized methodologies for imparting engineering subjects to Architecture students. He is a qualified civil engineer by profession with graduation from Anna University and due to his keen interest in concrete technology went on to pursue his masters in structural engineering from the Institute of Road and Transport Technology. Before joining Rathinam School of Architecture, Pranap had served in several prestigious institutions at various academic capacities. During his tenure at SSN College of Engineering, Chennai he has worked on a funded research project sponsored by the Govt. of India – Department of Science and Technology – Science and Engineering Research Board. Sri Pranap owing to his dynamism and willingness to push his own limits has organized and as well actively participated in international and national conferences and symposiums on the subject of his interest. To his credit, he has published 3 papers in the National conference, 2 papers in International conference, and 1 paper in International Journal of Civil Engineering – SSRG. Pranap is an active life member of Indian Society for Technical Education and is always willing to deliver lectures on his domain to curious knowledge savvy communities.

Chithravel K MFA (Viscom).,
Associate Professor

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Working as an Associate professor in Rathinam School of Architecture, As an Artist holds unique skills by incorporating still life portraits to an extraordinary extent. As a professional traditional artist, a resident from Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, His area of specialization in artworks lies with painting in different mediums including Water Colours, Pen and Ink, etc. He wonders to experience our Culture with his mesmerizing works of Oil paint. When it comes to patriotic about to make our tradition and culture to this world. His expertise in charcoal drawings of portraits is quite impressive at all the timelines.

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Ar. Dheerendra Kumar S M.Arch.,
Assistant Professor

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Presently working as Assistant professor (Senior Grade II) in the Rathinam School of Architecture and he had been into various roles as An Architect, Academician, and Educationalist. Graduated Diploma in Civil Engineering (2010) from Ranganathan Polytechnic College, Coimbatore. Architecture (B.Arch) from CIET, Anna University and masters M.Arch from Excel College of Architecture & Planning, His area of Expertise lies in Architectural Design, History of Architecture, Building materials and Construction, Theory of Architecture & landscape Architecture. From his Perception ‘Architecture is the Modesty of Living’.

Priyadharshini M S M.Arch.,
Assistant Professor

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MS PriyaDharshini believes in the idea of information-driven design as the driving force for her design process. Prior to joining RSA as Assistant Professor in 2020, she led as An Architect in few reputed firms in South India. She is been actively participated in many international design competitions. Graduated in architecture B.Arch from Anna University and completed her master’s M.Arch in general architecture, besides her carrier interest in architecture education, she is working as a freelance and Visualizer in the Industry.

She is a Driven force of the team RSA, handled various Architectural Subjects in which her specialization lies Building Construction and Materials, Site Surveying and Analysis, Urban Design, Theories of Design, And Interiors. Apart from this, her expertise in building services is quite Enormous. As a self-driven architect, she strongly believes that Materials are the soul Reflection of Architecture in its Identity.

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Janaki Banu Manoharan M.Arch.,
Assistant Professor

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Ms Janaki Banu Manoharan is associated with Rathinam School of Architecture Since November 2020 as an Assistant professor. She graduated her Architecture B.Arch from CIET, Anna University in 2018 and completed her masters M.Arch in Advanced Design from Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore. Besides her carrier interest in architecture she volunteered herself with Social Activities and Research.

Active team member of RSA handled various Architectural Subjects such as Basic Design, Urban Design, Site Surveying and planning, Building Materials & Construction. Apart from this her expertise in the Architectural Design contributes her passion to a peak. As a women Entrepreneur architect and Educator, she strongly believes that Architecture is the Still life of Dreams and Dreams are future designs in Architecture which narrates Time and identity of Person and Place.

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