Areas of Research

  • Evaluation of Thermal Comfort in Buildings.
  • Vernacular Architecture.
  • Contemporary Indian Architecture.

Postgraduate program

The Cauvery Delta Studio

  • Cauvery Delta Project
  • Srirangapatna
  • Vernacular Architecture.
  • Kumbakonam Tank

Chidambaram

The College has set research targets to document and evolve urban design proposals for several small towns, along River Cauvery. The towns for which research has been conducted include Srirangapatna, Kumbakonam Chidambaram and Bhavani.

The legacy of cities and towns along the river Cauvery, the Ganges in Southern India, is ancient. These historical remnants, sacred and royal centers with a wider network of subsidiary agglomerations, constituted of temple towns and settlements built by the Cholas and later maintained and nourished by the Vijayanagara kings, Marathas and the Naiks. Different hierarchical orders, in terms of religious myths and power, established a sustainable unity amongst the urbane centers within this cultivated landscape.

With the changing world view of the port cities and industrial towns, these cities and towns have undergone a major transformation, thus becoming a loose collection of fragmented settlements and landscapes. The Cauvery studio strives to breathe a new life into the legacy of these settlements and to re-establish a sustainable unity with an effort/attitude to protect, restore and skillfully reuse the heritage of the past and to identify a contemporary vocabulary of planning and urban design expression to capture the opportunities of the present and dreams of tomorrow.

Undergraduate Program

The faculty and students of R.V College of Architecture have engaged in research in their specialized areas and published papers in national and international forums, conferences and seminars.

  • "A Comprehensive Approach towards Managing the Quality of Construction Industry" a paper by Dr O P Bawane presented at the International Conference - "Construction Challenge In the New Decade", Sixth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-VI), held on July 5th -7th 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the Department of Construction Management, College of Technology & Computer Science (TECS), East Carolina University (EUC), Greenville, USA. The Co Authors are Dr. K G Krishnamurthy, Visiting Faculty, Architecture Department, UVCE, Bengaluru and Dr. P Perumal, Prof.& Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Salem
  • "MOTIVATION is the magic key behind MAKING A DIFFERENCE" a paper presented by Prof. K R Ganesh at the International Conference On Operational Excellence for Global Competitiveness (ICOEGC - 2011),held on 03-02-2011, at RVCE, Bengaluru, organized by the Department of IEM, RVCE, Bengaluru
  • "Technological Responses for Sustainable Alternative Construction Systems"a paper presented by Prof. K R Ganesh at the National Conference- 8th All India Peoples' Technology Congress, Forum of Scientists, Engineers & Technologists (FOSET), held on 12-02-2011, at Science City, Kolkata, organized by FOSET, Kolkata.
  •  "Conquering Change for Excellence in Architectural Design Education"" a paper presented by Prof. K R Ganesh at the International Conference- First International Congress on Architectural Design. Teaching and Research, Bari, Italy, 3-7 May 2011, organized by the Faculty of Architecture, Bari Polytechnic University, Bari, Italy.
  • "Sustainable Redevelopment Countering Urban Decay in Indian Mining Towns", paper by Sagar TS(M Arch 2009 Batch) and Prof. Anitha Suseelan, presented and published at the International Conference - 11th Asian Urbanization Conference held on 10-13th December, 2011 Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  •  "Evolution of Bengaluru City's Water Tank System", by Fathima Samana S (M Arch 2007 Batch)and Prof.Anitha Suseelan,presented and published at the International Conference - 11th Asian Urbanization Conference held on 10-13th December, 2011 Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  • "Social Sustenance in Indian Mining Towns", paper by Sagar TS(M Arch 2009 Batch) and Prof. Anitha Suseelan, to be published in the Journal - Spandrel: Journal of SPA Bhopal: New Dimensions in Research of Environments for Living, 2011.
  • "Evolution of Bengaluru City's Water Tank System", paper by Fathima Samana S (M Arch 2007 Batch)and Prof.Anitha Suseelan, selected for publishing and presenting at the International Conference - Ravage of the Planet,Third International Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards, held on 13-15th December, 2011, in Malaysia organized by Wessex Institute of Technology, Southampton, UK.
  •  "Water and Urbanity: a regenerative strategy for urban development with water" a paper by Prof.Anitha Suseelan, RVCA,published & presented at the International Symposium on Architectural Discourse organized by the Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in Aug 2009.
  • "City as a hydro centric construction",a paper by Prof.Anitha Suseelan, RVCA, published in the Indian Architect Builder - Heritage special issue May 2009.
  • "An investigation into the relationship of a vernacular technique with the settlement", a paper by Prof.Anitha Suseelan, RVCA, published & presented at the Conference on Water & Urban Development Paradigms, International Conference, Katholieke University, Heverlee, Belgium, in Sep 2008.
  •  "City as a hydro centric construction" , a paper by Prof.Anitha Suseelan, RVCA, published & presented at the Symposium Lakes 2008, CES, IISc, Bengaluru, in Dec 2008.
  • "Historical evolution of tank system in Bengaluru city",a paper by Fathima Samana S (M Arch 2007 Batch)and Prof Anitha Suseelan, published and presented at the Symposium Lakes 2008, CES, IISc, Bengaluru.