Center for Research on Architecture and Urbanism
Center for Research on Architecture and Urbanism

The Center for Research on Architecture and Urbanism (CAU) has been set up in August 2019 with the aim to become a place of research excellence and serve as a reliable and reputed knowledge repository. It will draw its strength from CEPT’s unique position of being India’s premier institution for education in Architecture sin 1960. It recognises the fact that architectural and urbanism education and practice requires research support in the form of relevant information, critical analysis, and teaching texts. This is now more important given the unprecedented transformation of our cities, and the opportunities and challenges that they pose. The Center is particularly conscious of the limited existence of India specific content and aims to bridge this gap.

CAU draws upon the resources of talent within CEPT and also from an impressive network of scholars collaborating with CEPT University. The Center’s activities include new research, textbooks, and innovative practice related manuals for academia and industry can use. The Center also mentors young researchers to become future research leaders by engaging them as partners.


A.  Srivathsan

A. Srivathsan

Executive Director

Dr A. Srivathsan is an architectural scholar with more than twenty-five years of cumulative experience in teaching, architectural and developmental research and professional practice. Some of his major research projects include: Hampi -The Indian Digital Heritage Research Project (as part of larger team), Department of Science and Technology Initiative; Re-envisioning the City, Research funded under Indo-Dutch Program on Alternatives in Development; Mega Cities Project. His publications include books and papers in reputed journals. 

Before joining his role as the Executive Director of CAU, Srivathsan served as the Academic Director of CEPT University for five years where he worked closely with the Deans and the Heads of Academic Offices to refine academic policies and practices, to strengthen academic rigor and deepen the culture of research at CEPT University.

Prior to that, he has been associated with The Hindu as Senior Deputy Editor while serving as Adjunct faculty at Asian College of Journalism, and at School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, both in Chennai. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor at Anna University, Chennai for ten years. He has also been a practicing architect for eight years. He is an active member of various institutional bodies, contributing to the development of new academic programs and introducing new courses.

Srivathsan holds a PhD from Indian Institute of Technology along with the Master’s degree in Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

CAU Team


  September 04, 2019
Call for Research Associates - CAU
  September 04, 2019
Call for Research Associates - CAU

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