Dr MS Raghavendra is an Architect Planner with nearly two decades of experience in teaching and practice of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Infrastructure Development.
Dr Raghavendra studied to attain his PhD from the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, in 2006. He was awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund his education at the University of Cambridge. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (now JNAFAU) in 1996.
His teaching experience in architecture and urban planning includes teaching undergraduate and graduate students in SRM University, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University and its affiliated Colleges, and more recently at the Administrative Staff College of India, where he served as Professor between 2011-18. He has served as an external examiner of PhD Theses at Schools of Architecture including CEPT, Ahmedabad.
Dr MS Raghavendra has consulting experience early in his career as an Architect and has thereafter contributed as an Urban Planner in supporting national urban development programmes through policy development and programmatic advisory in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam, and Maharashtra.
Some of his contributions including development of Capacity Enhancement Strategy for the city of Mumbai, Urban Livelihoods Development Framework for Tamil Nadu, Homes for All Strategy for Odisha and Assam, A-Z of Urban Planning Support to Civic Bodies, Urban Planning Legislation for Odisha, Urban Infrastructure Vision Document for Odisha, and Climate Change Preparedness for Civic Bodies in the country.
He contributed on the Anil Kakodkar Committee established by Government of India for developing the nation’s Infrastructure Technology Vision for 2035 and on other Committees at the state and national levels. He has been recently invited on the Oxford Roundtable on Environment.
Dr Raghavendra blogs in the Huffington Post, the Better India, and in the Gates Cambridge Blog. He believes architecture and city planning relate to epoch making in as much as they are about improving lives of citizenry. Dr Raghavendra believes these are exciting times to study and practice the discipline of architecture because the nation’s flight of urbanisation and growth provides architects of the future the opportunity to sustainably plan and design cities and their built form and fabric.