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Dr. Bejene S Kothari, Ph.D.
Professor & Head

Qualification: B.Arch, M.Arch. (UD) , Ph.D.
Specialization : Urban Design
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B Arch from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam (1995), M Arch in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (2004), and Ph.D. from School of Planning and Architecture, JNAFAU, Hyderabad (2019).


Joined Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Trivandrum in 1999, worked School of Architecture, Government Engineering College, Thrissur during 2005-2006 & 2012-2017, worked as Lecturer in Architecture at TKM College of Engineering, Trivandrum during 1998-1999.

Prior to joining academics, worked as Junior Architect with M/S Iyer and Mahesh Architects during 1995-96 and as Consultant Architect with M/S Cheerus Constructions during 1996-1998

Research Interests:

Urban Growth and Socio-Spatial Dynamics, Sustainable Urbanism and Development Planning, GIS and Spatial Modelling, Classroom and Pedagogical Techniques in Design Teaching

Research Publications:

  1. K. C. Devika, B. T. Ranjini, Kothari, Bejene S., "Emerging paradigms for development planning: A case of Thrissur, the Cultural Capital of Kerala," Elsevier Procedia of International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering Science and Technology 2015, Vol. 24 1681-1690 July 2016
  2. Kothari, Bejene S., "Mentoring Emerging Professionals, Changing Trends in Architecture Education," Journal of Indian Institute Architects, Kerala Chapter, Vol. 2, pp. 21-25, September 2014
  3. Kishore, Vijay., Kothari, Bejene S., "SEZ Policy Implementation and Regional Development Scenario: The Case of Andhra Pradesh," Spatio-Economic Development Record (SDR), Vol. 21 (2), December 2013
  4. Kishore, Vijay., Kothari, Bejene S., "Economic Globalisation and Emerging City-Regions: New Urban Growth Theories and Models," SPACE: Journal of School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Vol. 5, August 2013
  5. Kothari, Bejene S., "Economic Globalisation and Mega Urban Growth: New Theories and Models," Journal of Indian Institute Architects, Kerala Chapter, Vol. 1, pp. 10-15, September 2012
  6. Kishore, Vijay., Kothari, Bejene S., "Special Economic Zones and their Implications on Planned Urban Development and Management: An Indian Scenario," Conference Proceedings of Emerging Urban Transformations: Multi-layered Cities and Urban Systems, IGU Urban Geography Commission, pp. 115 -120, September 2009
  7. Kishore, Vijay., Kothari, Bejene S., "Capacity Building of Architects in Earthquake Risk Management," Manual for Training Practicing Architects, National Resource Institution for NPCBAERM, National Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, 2008

Research Projects/Consultancy Works:

2018 Submitted PhD Thesis (February 2018) titled 'Special Economic Zones and the Emergent R'urban Growth Dynamics: A Case of Hyderabad Metropolitan Region' at School of Planning and Architecture, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad

2018 Architecture Expert for Post Disaster Needs Assessment for the flood affected Tangible and Intangible cultural assets of Kerala conducted by UNESCO Culture sector during Sep-Oct 2018

2019 Expert Consultant for Developing Master Plan for Shivagiri Mutt and Allied Institutions for facilitating the Pilgrim Circuit programme for Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust, A project funded by Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Government of India

Relevant Academic Responsibilities:

  • Coordinator of PG programmes in the Department from 2017 to present
  • Member of Curriculum Committee - PG Studies (M Arch and M Planning), APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Kerala
  • M Arch (UD) Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator 2019-20
  • Panel Member of M Arch Dissertation and Thesis Evaluation 2017-present
  • Internal Guide B Arch & M Arch (UD) Thesis and Dissertation
  • Chairman of M Arch and M Planning Examinations (2018 & 2019) APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Kerala
  • Question paper Setter for several Universities

Professional Services and Outreach:

External Expert Member, Faculty of Engineering, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore

Doctoral Committee Member, Research Centre BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore

Executive Committee Member of Institute of Urban Designers India (IUDI), Kerala Chapter, 2018-2021

Associate Member of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Institute of Urban Designers India (IUDI), Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID), Indian National Trust for Art Culture and Heritage (INTACH)

Expert Member, Expert Visit Committee (EVC), Scrutiny Committee and Standing Hearing Committee for AICTE Approval Process for new and existing institutions and technical courses

Expert Member, Inspection Committee of Council of Architecture (COA) for inspection of institutions imparting Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) Degree Courses

Provide Technical Assistance for Architecture works through Institutional Consultancy Cell for various Public and Private Organisations

Represent Institution in various Academic/Professional outreach programmes supported by the State/Central Government

Provided Service as Technical Expert to Thrissur Development Authority (TDA) for effective design and implementation of the Urban Regeneration Proposal for the Traditional CBD of Thrissur Town

Served as AutoCAD instructor in the community outreach programme to impart professional skills in Interior Design for unemployed graduates organised by Department of Architecture, College of Engineering Trivandrum

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