Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu is a Professor of Architecture and currently heads the Mohamed Sathak A J Academy of Architecture, Chennai as the Director.

She formerly headed the School of Architecture and Planning, at Anna University as the Dean and headed Anna University as the Registrar prior to her retirement. She was nominated by the State Government of Tamilnadu to the Council of Architecture for two consecutive terms (2015-2021) and was a member of its Executive Committee between 2015- 18.

Has 37 years of teaching/ research/ professional experience having graduated from the SAP, University of Madras in 1983. She started her career as a Teaching Research Fellow at Anna University and went on to do a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Ph.D. She also has a Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation from the University of Dublin, Ireland.

Was awarded, the Career Award for Young Teachers awarded by the AICTE (1998- 2001), the Getty Foundation Fellowship in April 2015; and the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) grant in 2016.

Was the Architectural Research Head for the Chennai pavilion at the Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism from September – November 2017 in collaboration with InKo Center, Chennai

Was recognized by the Indian Institute of Architects, TN Chapter for the Hon’ble Teacher Award in 2012; Life member of INTACH and e-member of SAH (Society of Architectural Historians, US; currently the Co-Convener of the INTACH Chennai Center

She has a number of research publications in prestigious National and International journals (refereed). Twelve scholars have obtained Ph.D. degrees under her supervision.

She is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and a Council Member of the IIA 2020- 23. As a Council Member of the IIA, she was the Convener of the Board for the Affiliation of Institutions. She is currently the Joint Secretary of IIA National.



Ar. Mohammed Idris is a Professor of Architecture and Principal of Mohammed Sathak A J Academy of Architecture, Chennai. He has been associated with MSAJAA, Chennai right from its inception in the year 2010.

As a partner with Haris Group of Architects, Chennai he has over 29 years of experience in the industry and academics. Having graduated from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University in 1994 and M.Arch. in Architecture in 1996 he looks into fulfilling the statutory requirements of the Institute as well as supervises the overall functioning of multiple committee activities and campus events at the Institute.

He is a registered Architect with the Council of Architecture and an active member of the Indian Institute of Architects, Tamil Nadu Chapter.

He has been the Member of the board of studies of Anna University for two academic years (2018-19, 2021-22)

An Architect with passion and commitment has successfully designed and executed works for clients ranging from large real estate developers, public sector undertakings, large corporations, and educational institutions to health care entrepreneurs and various industrial and private residential projects. He is currently a council member of IIA, Tamil Nadu Chapter.




Ar. Sathish Kumar acquired a bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1998 from Madras University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, and a post-graduation in Landscape Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai in 2005. Goal-oriented and passionate Architect having 22 years of teaching and professional experience in the fields of Architecture, Landscape




Ar. Vandana Balakrishnan has over twenty years of experience in the fields of Architecture education and practice. Apart from her registration with the Council of Architecture, India, she is an Associate of the Indian Institute of Architects and Institute of Urban Designers, India. Having specialised in Urban Design she has worked on a wide range of planning, Architecture, landscape, and interior design projects. She has taught in several colleges in the country including School of Architecture and Planning (SPA), New Delhi.


Shanmugavalli KR, completed her Ph.D. in June 2020 from Anna University under the guidance of Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu. She holds a master’s degree in Digital Architecture. She has 25 years of experience in teaching and industry. She has guided around 60 students for their Architectural Thesis. She has published two research articles in reputed national and international journals and three research articles in Conference proceedings.