The Department of Architecture TKMCE is the largest research centre in Architecture under KTU in terms of opportunities, facilities and number of research scholars. It is capable of doing research in almost every field of Architecture and seek out to develop human knowledge through investigations, innovations and insight. The department is having well equipped laboratories to carry out researches on Passive Environment Control Systems, Thermal Comfort, Acoustics, Lighting, Cement based Technology and Non-Destructive Testing. It has a good library with more than 6000 books, journals and Online resources. In addition, the department has good infrastructure amenities for the research scholars equipped with private cabins, computer labs and reprographic facilities. Good quality papers have been published by the faculty members and research scholars in different refereed journals of international reputation. In additions to the mandatory course works prescribed by the KTU and the course works available along with PG courses, the department is offering fifteen Ph D level courses on different areas of research, approved by the KTU for the knowledge enhancement of the scholars.


The Research Centre at Department of Architecture, TKMCE is affiliated to APJ Abdul Kalam Kerala Technological University. In addition, the department is providing research opportunities under Kerala University in Architecture and allied fields.


Post graduates in Architecture, Allied areas of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Planning are eligible for admission to Ph D programme under KTU. In addition, other post graduate candidates capable of doing research in allied areas of Architecture are also eligible for admission. The minimum marks/CGPA and relaxations are as per KTU norms.


The Ph D admissions will be done twice (July and December) every year through KTU entrance examination and interviews.

Research Areas
  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainable Architecture & Conservation
  • Building Technology & Construction Management
  • Building Science
  • Planning Techniques and Management
  • Urban Design, Urban Planning and Housing
  • Infrastructure and Transportation

Ph D Level Courses
  • Need Based Architectural Design Strategies
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Principles of Building Science
  • Climate responsive Architecture
  • Cement Based Light Weight Building Techniques
  • Modern Construction Materials and Advanced Technologies
  • Green Buildings and Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Vastuvidya and its Relevance in Present day Architecture
  • Kerala Vernacular Building Techniques and its Recent Applications
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) and Tourism Development
  • Community Behaviour and Participatory Tourism
  • Social Audit and Tourism
  • Human Resource Management in Tourism
  • Tourism Principles, Policy and Planning
  • Sustainable Tourism Planning

Ongoing Ph D Topics

Passive Building Design

Contextual relevance of contemporary style residence in Kerala - A study on the basis of sustainable development objectives

Study of cement based light weight building technologies for Need Based Architectural Design

Effectiveness of Architectural Design Based on Vasthuvidya Principles

GIS based 'Tourism Planning Model' as a tool for enhancing the 'Effectiveness of Community Participation' in 'Host Community Participatory Tourism Planning Initiatives' in the, Backwater based tourism Destinations in Kerala.

Laboratory Equipment

Architectural Evaluation System (AES) suitable for research on Passive Environment Control Systems, Thermal Comfort and Lighting with a data logger, memory module, computer interface and various sensors

Non-Destructive Testing Equipment
  • Rebound Hammer
  • Rebar Locator
  • USPV Equipment
  • Corrosion Analyser
Acoustic Equipment
  • Sound Level meter with frequency and Reverberation time software
  • Standard Sound Source
  • Noise Dose Meter