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Ar.B.R.AJIT
CHAIRMAN & DIRECTOR
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Sustainable Architecture

Born in the year 1953, he is the son of late Dr. K.B. Unnithan (former Director, Coir Board) and is the great grandson of Late Shri. Nanu Pillai, erstwhile Diwan of the Travancore State. He had spearheaded the Flood Relief Operation in then Madras City in 1975 during student days as University Convener. He also received the “National Best Director Award” consecutively for two years at “Mardi Grass” organized annually by IIT, Madras. Professionally, he specialized in the utilization of solar energy in architecture under the auspices of the Tata Energy and Research Institute, Pondicherry in 1977 when he graduated as an architect from Madras School of Architecture and Planning.

He launched his own architectural firm, M/S. Ajit Associates, at Cochin in the year 1978. He is the Consultant Architect to various prestigious organizations like KHSB, Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala, Indian Airlines, Karnataka Hsg. Board, Army Welfare Hsg. Organization, Kairali Hsg. Co-op. Society, Cochin Port Trust Corporation of Cochin, various Municipalities, NMG Bank, Gold Souk, Cochin Marina , Infopark, Kinfra, KSIDC, Dream Hotel etc.

He was chosen as the Chairman of Cochin Chapter of Indian Green Building Council in Jan 2009. He is also the Resource person and expert Architect to Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Department of Power, Government of India and also advisor to State Planning Board for Sustainable Buildings. Mr. Ajit is also the Chairman and Founder Trustee of ABR Foundations which is involved in various service activities. Apart from many other social involvements, ABR Foundation has recently taken up major R&D initiative in cost effective housing. This is the first private initiative in this field.

He is the chairman of “ SABDAM” (Society for Appreciation and Basic development of art media), a premier institution having on its board, persons of great standing in the world of arts & media like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and artist M.V. Devan among others

He served as the District Governor in 1992-93 of Rotary International District 3201 comprising of parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and was the District representative to the Council on Legislation held in April 2007 at Chicago, USA.

He is presently a District Trainer for the Year 2010-11.He had also served as the District Trainer to PDG Dr.Murughanandhan & PDG K.A.Kuriachan. He has been the faculty at several Rotary International Institutes Including the Rotary International institute at Bangkok.

He is the recipient of several awards like the Rajiv Gandhi National Unity Award, Udyog Excellence Award, Hind Rattan Award, and Citation for Meritorious Service by Rotary Foundation of RI, President’s Golden Century Citation by Rotary International among others. He is also the proud recipient of the highest award of Rotary International – “The Service above Self” Award in 1999 – 2000. He has also received the award for the “Energy Efficient & Eco-friendly building Designer/ Developer” for the year 2011-12.

He is married to Devi who is also actively involved in social welfare activities. They are blessed with a daughter Ammu, who is married to Mr. Prem Chander and are now settled in London, UK along with their four year old son Aaryan

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Ms. AMMU AJIT
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MBA


Business Development, Public Relations

A hands-on problem solver with a high rate of achieve¬ment and an appetite for new challenges.
Seasoned in the management of companies across multiple verticals like, Architecture, Project Management and Engineering, both at home and in International markets. An enthusiast with a proven ability to understand the needs of the corporate customers and to develop people management strategies.

With exceptional communication, multi-tasking and organisational skills, she has a proven track record in the management of business development, client relations and HR and is able to quickly understand the mission, vision and values of an organization and optimally strategize them.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
• M.B.A- Dual Specialization
   o Project Management (Alliance University)
   o Human Resource Management (Alliance University)
• Diploma in Interior Designing
• B.A Communicative English
   Specializing in - Mass Communication
    English Literature
   Psychology
   Entrepreneur Development Prog.

CORPORATE CAREER SUMMARY
ABRE & PMC (P) LTD, INDIA/ UK
Leading Project Management Consultants with vast experience in handling International and Domestic projects both in the Public and Private Sectors

Executive Director
Responsible for the successful day to day running of all aspects of the business, keeping control of business expenditure and ensuring that it's within agreed budgets. Ensuring delivery of high quality projects always within time, cost and quality parameters.
Directly coordinated Project Management services for several projects undertaken by the company.

Some of the projects pioneered are:
1. The State - of - Art R & D facility for CDAC (Centre for Development of Advance Computing) at Techno Park Trivandrum.
2. Head Quarters building for District Co- OPERATIVE Bank at Alappuzha
3. Extension for Sri Chithira Thirunal Hospital project at Trivandrum.
4. SmartCity- TeeCom Dubai

Presently engaged in organizing the man power required and also in the project planning for the following projects which have just commenced their work at site/commencing their work in the next few weeks. Some of the projects are:
a) Housing project for AWHO at Cochin, worth INR 150 Crores
b) Hi-Tech Hospital and Surgical block for Sri Chitra Thirunal Hospital at Trivandrum, worth INR 70 Crores
c) CDAC project at Hyderabad
d) Maritime Academy worth INR 40 Crores
e) Shopping Complex at Kannur, worth INR 35 Crores

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  o Britain's youngest Company Director by Who's Who Publication, UK in 2009
  o Chosen as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and studied for an year at Ithaca, Up State New York in 1999- 2000

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
  o London Chamber of Commerce
  o Kerala Management Association
  o Indian Green Building Council, Cochin Chapter (IGBC)
  o Cll (Confederation of Indian Industry), Kerala Chapter

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Dr. HARIMOHAN PILLAI
DEAN OF ACADEMICS
PHD, Architecture


Traditional to Modern Architecture, Sustainable Architecture

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Professor, Institute of Design Environment and Architecture, Goa
Professor and Head of Department, MES School of Architecture, Kuttippuram (Calicut University)
Dept. of Architecture and Regional Planning, I.I.T. Kharagpur (Research Scholar and Visiting Faculty)
Pillais’ College of Architecture, New Panvel, Maharashtra (Reader and Principal) (University of Mumbai)
Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai (Visiting Faculty)
Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai (Lecturer, Reader)

PROFFESIONAL EXPERIENCE:
He had set his office ARCHIeSTUDIO at Ayyanthole, Thrissur which promotes and supports study, research and documentation of traditional systems of design and provides architectural consultancy based on the character and climate of a place.

REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS:
Council of Architecture, Registration #CA/80/5719
Indian Institute of Architects, Fellow # F--6349
Indian Society of Technical Education, Life Member
Vastuvidyapratisthanam, Calicut, Life Member
Life Member – INTACH

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Dr. PAUL VARGHESE
HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT
PHD, Architecture


Design computation, Theoretical foundations of design, Traditional architecture (Kerala style)

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, 2013, in Design Theory & Computation
M.A. in Architecture from University of California Los Angeles, 1993,
M.S. in Architecture from VirginiaTech, Blacksburg, VA, 1989,
B.Arch. (Hons.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 1980.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
• Worked on data collection and analysis on transportation project of Department of Urban Planning, UCLA/Urban Innovations Group, Work done at UCLA, in Dept. of Architecture on fellowship program,
• Software Development work done for The REFine Group for development of REFine-II financial package. Training program development and alpha-testing of program. Summer 89 with The REFine Group as program developer and analyst,
• Building Performance Criteria - Thresholds & Ranges, Building Factors Co-relation Statistical Evaluation – US Naval Office funded

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
• Course assistance, Lecturing, Supervision at Dept. of Architecture & Reg. Planning, IIT Kharagpur in Engineering Drawing & Graphics, Architectural Design for B.Arch / B.Tech, Seminar for MCP students, 2003-05,
• Teaching of full-time graduate courses for M.Arch. (Environmental Design, Urban Design) and forB.Arch. at University School of Design (USD), University of Mysore, Mysore for Semester I, 2002-03,
• Visiting Faculty for Architectural Design, at MES School of Architecture, Kuttipuram, Kerala – 2002,
• Guest-lecturer/presentations given at IIT Kharagpur, Dept. of Arch. College of Engineering –T’puram, Manipal Inst. of Tech. Manipal, SIT Tumkur, IIA Thrissur, Dept. of Arch. GEC, Thrissur, etc.,
• Substitute/research/teaching assistant to Prof. Ventre, VirginiaTech, 1988

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Design computation, Theoretical foundations of design, CAD, Pure design as a basis of art & architecture,
Geometry of forms & Space structures, Natural forms & evolution, Art & architectural aesthetics, Traditional
architecture (Kerala style) and its historical origins, Rational basis for tradition and Vastuvidya.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
• Principal Architect with intelliARCH, Irinjalakuda, Kerala. Worked on numerous projects, residential/commercial/institutional, single-handed/collaboration with architects/engineers.
• Campus design competition of IIT Guwahati with Ar. Huzur Saran Nigam, New Delhi,
• Student Architect/ Internship with the Campus Architect's Office, Capital Programs, UCLA part/full-time - campus planning projects, campus master-plan, giving guidelines to external architects of major projects, limited in-house project planning & design,
• Architect with Al-Shurafa Contracting Co., Kuwait,
• Architect: ArchiCentre, Kuwait,
• Asst. Architect: Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE), Kuwait, with technical management from SOM, Chicago
• Junior Architect: Salem Al-Marzouk & Sabah Abi-Hannah (SSH), Kuwait, on projects with collaborations with M/s Freeman Fox, Balfours, W.S. Atkins, etc.
• Junior Architect: Gulf Design Group, Kuwait

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS, POSITIONS, ETC.:
Registered Council of Architecture (CoA),
Member/Associate Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Vice-Chairman, IIA Thrissur 2000-02, Member of Information Technology (IT) Committee, IIA National 2000-02, 2002-03,
Member/Associate Life INTACH,
Member/Life Vastuvidyapratisthanam, Kozhikode,

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Dr.P.K.ARAVINDAN
PROFESSOR - STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
B.TECH, M.TECH, PHD


Structural designing- high rise buildings, roadways, bridges, Airports and Sea ports.

Involved in structural analysis and design for the last thirty years. Served as Senior Review Consultant and Advisor to very many Structural Engineers and Consultants/Structural Engineering Consulting Firms across the Country.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
B.Tech (Civil Engineering) - IIT Madras, 1966 (2nd Rank)
M.Sc (Engineering) (Structural Engineering) - Madras University - 1968 (First Rank and as a Senior Fellow of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India)
Ph. D. (Structural Engineering), IIT Madras – 1976

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Consultancy Services
 Currently working as a Principle Consultant to M/s Sree Giri consultants.
 Also Technical Advisor to Ajit Associates Architectural Consultants (P) Ltd and ABRE & PMC (P) Ltd
 Consultancy Services to Govt. of India and their Statutory Agencies like CPWD, Atomic Energy Commission, Defence, Indian Railways, Indian Space Research Organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Oil Corporation and NHAI
Involved in large number of consultancy projects in Private sector like RelianL&T, Essar, Nagarjuna Construction. Involved in the analysis and design of number of bridges numbering around 45. I received an award from Institution of Bridge Engineers for the Design of 41.0 m span Bow String Girder Bridge across Katpadi Railway Station, Tamil Nadu. Involved in the design of 323 m tall communication transmission tower for Doordarshan at Bhuj, Gujarat which withstood the recent earthquake. Design of 75 m high Tower at Kabul, Afghanistan for M/s. Shree Constructions.

INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURES
Thermal Power Stations, Sugar Plants, Cement Plants, Prestressed Concrete Sleeper and Poles Factories.

INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
Corporate office of Kochi Refineries Ltd., Number of IT Parks Buildings, Medical Colleges and Hospitals, Infosys Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhuvaneshwar, Pune, HCL Vadapalani Chennai, Large number of LPG bottling plants for IOCL all over South India, etc.

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Mr. PRATHAPAN S.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
BSc- ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL


Rural and Urban water supply schemes, tender evaluation and contract management.

He is well experienced in technical field and technical competence and has attained various credentials in his carrier.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
Bachelor of Engineering

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Executive Engineer, KWA
Production Engineers
Power Arm India – ( A Supply Crane Manufacturing Unit)
Fifth Engineer, Kuwait oil tank company
Engineer, Daelim Industrial Co.Ltd
Maintenance Engineer, Kuwait Times
Junior Engineer, Central Public Works Department

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Ar. FATHIM RASHNA KALLINGAL
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR- DESIGN
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Conceptual designing and presentation.

Ar. Fathim is having more than 9 years of experience in middle east and India with a special focus on conceptual design and presentation, underlining latest trends and technologies in construction arena.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Sobha Developers Ltd. Bangalore, India
Arenco (Abdulla Ahmed Al Moosa) Sharjah, U.A.E.
Sadeer Engineering Consultants Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

UM Associates
Kannur, Kerala, India
A total professional experience of 9 years.

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Ar. AATHIRA AJITH
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Bachelor of Architecture, B.Arch Master of Architecture , M.Arch ( landscape architecture)


Landscape architecture, sustainable designing.

PROFFESIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Bharadwaj and Associates , New Delhi
Shaheer Associates New Delhi

RECOGNITION:
Award for all India design competition organized by LA Journal
Represented India at the International peace exchange program (UK, London)
Awarded “Best Thesis – 2006”, Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai
Awarded 1ND place for “On the spot design” competition at ZONASA, NIT,Calicut,
Won prizes for oil painting, clay modeling poster making, water colour etc. National level

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ARTIST BINDHI RAJAGOPAL
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
BFA,PAINTING


Contemporary Art

Bindhi Rajagopal was born in Ernakulam, Kerala 1974 She took NDFA in painting from R L V College, Tripunithura .She has 20 years experience as an artist and 16 years experience as an art teacher. She was a member for Kerala Lalithakala academy and an art curator for Bindhi art gallery which has conducted art shows all over the country.

AWARDS:
State Award for painting 2010 – Honourable
Mention, Lalithakala Academy, Kerala, India.

COLLECTIONS: India , UAE , France , Australia , London.

EXHIBITIONS & CAMPS
She has participated in various international and national exhibitions and camps including:
2012 - National Painters Camp and Exhibitions “ Expressions “ oraganised by “Pallete People” , Le Meridian Hotel ,Cochin, Kerala , India.
2012-Group Exhibition.Trivandrum.Kerala Lalithakala Academi.I ndia.
2012-United Art Fair,New Delhi.India
2012-India Art Fair, Mumbai.India.
2012-Nannappa Art Gallery, kochi,kerala.India.
2013-Kochi muziris binnale 2013 at Yusuf art gallery. Mattanchery.kochi. kerala.India.
2013-India revisited by dolna, Mumbai at le meridian hotel related to pravasibharathi. Kochi. Kerala.India.
2013-kochi Muziris Biennale Collateral, Yousuf Art Gallery.Jew Town, Mattanchery.India.
2013- COIR SCULPTURE CAMP, Coir Board Of India, Allapuzha, Kerala, India
2013- Indonesia, Jakartha- International Art Fair.

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Er. RAHUL SOMARAJAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Bachelor of Technology, B.Tech in Civil Engineering Masters in structural Engineering


Structural designing and construction management.

WORK EXPERINCE:
Engineer at Techno Construction, Cherthala, Kerala
Received second prize in a paper presentation on ‘Thermographic evaluation of concrete masonry walls’ in a technical fest, India.

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Ar. ANU S KUMAR
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
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Vernacular architecture and contemporary architecture.

WORK EXPERINCE:
Worked as a trainee at Habitat Technology Group , Trivandrum
Ajith Associates, Kochi
Worked on various Residences as a Freelance Architect.

HONOURS:
• The design entry ‘Quintessence’-Utopia was shortlisted in the best 15 entry in ANDC 2011 (Annual NASA design competition)
• Won the Second prize for the design of innovative school uniform design at ANDC 2011
• Winner of the zero energy residence design competition hosted by SRM University, Chennai.
• Winner of the Universal Residence Design competition conducted by RAC Coimbatore.
• Was the team leader of the group that won the INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AWARD at NASA 2011, Ahmedabad.
• Has participated in various ZONASA competitions and won prizes

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VIAPURI THANGAVELU
DEAN OF ACADEMICS
B. Arch



Interior architecture

EDUCATION:
School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai
May 1981
B.Arch
Registered Architect with COA, New Delhi
EC member, IIA-Tamilnadu chapter(2012-2014)
Vice-President, Salem Architects Forum

EXPERIENCE-PROFESSIONAL:
Principal Architect | VIAPURI ARCHITECTS, SALEM
1984 – Till date
Architecture- Commercial, residential and institutional- Design and execution
Interior Architecture- Commercial and residential- design and execution

EXPERIENCE-ACADEMIC:
Dean & Head| SALEM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE VINAYAKA MISSIONS UNIVERSITY SALEM