ASADI Board of Studies

Architect Sheila Sri Prakash

ASADI Board of Studies



Sheila Sri Prakash is a pioneering first woman Architect and Designer in India, who, in 1979, founded her own Architectural Design firm 'Shilpa Architects' in Chennai which has now emerged as a forerunner in environmental-friendly design and sociologically sensitive planning. 


Graduated from School of Architecture & Planning, Anna University, in 1977, and also having attended the 12 weeks executive education program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Ar. Sheila had faced several obstacles to establish herself in a male-dominated profession. Her hard work and dedication towards architecture and design have paid her back and today she is internationally acclaimed for her trendsetting indo-centric designs, thought-leading contributions to environment-friendly design and is also renowned for developing world through socio-economically sensitive planning. 



As a global leader in sustainable design that blends sensitivity for the environment with socio-economic progress for the underprivileged, she is also known for introducing vernacular and culturally relevant techniques into contemporary designs. She is regarded as the founding practitioner-researcher who identified and defined the field of Spaciology– the impact of space design and planning on society. Her work probes the powerful reciprocal impact linking the built environment to human behavior, through urban design, architecture, and sociology. 


In a career spanning more than three decades, Sheila has designed over 1,000 completed architectural projects. She is one of a 16-member team of international experts on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation and serves on the Role of Arts in Society, in recognition of her signature works of Visionary architecture that features art, culture and heritage. Besides, she was named among the Top 100 most influential architects in the world by Il Giornale dell' Architectura, an Italian Journal of Architecture. Her recommendations to the United Nations 2012 Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, have been adopted in the mandate for Sustainability presented to heads of nations. The sustainability matrix titled "Reciprocal Design Index" prescribes parameters and metrics surrounding sustainable design to factor the environment, sociology and economics. Based on her research, she has spearheaded the "Reciprocity Wave" movement, which uses art to create awareness about social and ecological issues that need immediate attention. 


Truly a multifaceted personality, Ar. Sheila has not only received several accolades in the world of architecture but also has proficiency in Indian classical dance and music with training to the highest performance levels.