Dr. Manoj Kumar .K. B.Arch, M.Arch, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Architecture,
College of Engineering Trivandrum (C.E.T.)

Education Levels

PhD in Architecture from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
M Arch in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Deemed to be University (an Institution under MHRD, Govt of India)
B Arch from Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Trivandrum (Kerala University)
Expert training in Disaster Management and resilient building, IIT Kanpur funded and supported by Ministry of Home affairs, Govt of India

Write-up about you
Dr Manoj Kumar Kini is an architect, urban Designer and an architectural historian and theorist. He works on issues of urbanisation, Disaster Mitigation and Urban resilience, modernism, post-colonial Indian architecture and history, sustainable and cost effective building construction. He has an experience of 20 years of Teaching since 1999 as Faculty in Architecture in CET, Trivandrum, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, RV College of Engineering Bangalore and CEPT University Ahmedabad in various capacities. Currently he is holding the position of lead faculty in Masters Programme in Urban design and has played a major role in establishing the same at CET.
Dr.Manoj has 18 years of post-qualification work experience in urban design, conservation and planning projects and has conducted professional training for the practicing professionals and Post graduate students. As the lead faculty at CET, he is coordinating Masters Programme and has contributed to the planning and development of the same to the national stature including its content building, and course structuring. He is serving as an expert member in various committees constituted by the Government and is an advisor to many Local bodies in the field of urban Planning and design. He has authored several papers and publications. He is currently serving as the National Secretary of Institute of Urban Designers India, IUDI and was the founding Chair of IUDI Kerala. He is also serving as member of executive committee, IIA Kerala State and member of committee for international national outreach, at CET and also the college redressal forum.

Work experience
Trainee architect, Architectural assistant and urban designer with Dr .B S Bhooshan BSB associates B lore/Mysore India, London United Kingdom.
Consultant urban designer with LEA associates on Urban design Projects
Member and coordinator of design consultancy cell, Dept. Of Architecture TKMCE Kollam
Member of expert committee to advice government ,on Urban design and related projects in Kerala State
Member district level subject expert committee DLEC District Panchayath, Kollam
Member Spatial Planning Sub Committee Kollam District
Member District Planning Committee Kollam
Member core team IDDP Project Govt of Kerala
Vice chair: City Improvement Committee Corporation of Kollam
Member Town Planning committee Kollam Corporation
Member Amrut Projects monitoring Expert Committee Govt of Kerala
Member and In-charge sustainable houses programme, Indian Institute of Architects, Kerala Chapter

Research interest

  1. Disaster management, Mitigation and Urban resilience
  2. Cost effective housing and technology
  3. Urban morphology
  4. Green architecture ,eco-friendly construction and technology
  5. Architectural history ,theory and developmen


  1. Kini, Manoj K., K. Chaithra., “Industrialization and fragmentation in Indian cities A case of Mysore city”, International journal in Management and Social Science, ISSN 2321-1784 Vol 5 issue 01, pp. 73-79, Jan-17
  2. Kini, Manoj K., “Urban Design Guidelines for Crime prevention – A study in Kerala Context”, Journal of Indian Institute Architects, Vol 80 issue 9 MCS/007/2015-17, pp. 48-53, 2015 Sept
  3. Kini, Manoj K., Rajan. Asha., “Urban health and wellness in Indian context: A solution from urban design perspective”, International Conference on Emerging trends in Engineering, Science and Technology ICETEST 2015, Procedia Technology Elsevier, 2015
  4. Kini, Manoj K., P. Greeshma., “Disaster Resilience in vulnerable cities through neighbourhood development: A case of Chennai”, International Conference on Emerging trends in Engineering Science and Technology ICETEST 2015, pp. 1827-1834, 2015
  5. Kini, Manoj K., Shaji. Lakshmi S., “Contextual form based coding as a tool in urban design pocess- Chalai Thiruvananthapuram as a case”, International Conference on Emerging trends in Engineering, Science and Technology ICETEST 2015, 2015
  6. Kini, Manoj K., T.S. Sonu., “The need for pluralistic spaces in the contemporary individualistic world special focus on Kerala context”, International journal of scientific and Engineering Research, Volume 5 Issue 7 Jul-14 pp. 130-138
  7. Kini, Manoj K., “Analysing the morphological changes in vernacular domestic architecture of Kerala, India since 1947”, Vernacular futures Research journal of the faculty of architecture Faculty of architecture research unit, University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka, ISSN 2012-6301 Vol 1 issue 1, pp. 235-250, 2010
  8. Kini, Manoj K., Joy. linta., “Urban Design as a tool in Cultural regeneration,” Journal of Indian Institute Architects, 2008
  9. Kini, Manoj K., Thaha, Noura M., “Role of Arab trade relationship in Islamic architecture of Kerala”, Journal of Indian Institute Architects

Kini, Manoj K.,Eugene Pandala, “Munnar Action plan 2003”, TKMCE Kollam
Kini, Manoj K. Nirmal Chandy,, “Ensemble of Traditions: Varanasi”, 2016 CET Trivandrum
Kini, Manoj K., “Reading the city East Fort Trivandrum”, 2015 CET Trivandrum
Kini, Manoj K., “The Critarch”, CET Trivandrum 2009
Kini, Manoj K., “Architecture education Discover yourself”, IIA, CET, COA 2009
Kini,Manoj K, Ramaswamy N, Eugene Pandala, “Heritage guidelines for Fort Cochin heritage precincts”
List of conference papers
International Conferences

  1. Kini, Manoj K., Humanistic meaning of public spaces through tactical urbanism as an innovative design technique,193 “Metagreen Dimensions”, , International Convention on performance of built environment 7-9 February 2018
  2. Kini,Manoj K, Greeshma.P,Cities – “Reslient cities for the Future,A case of Chennai”,People – Places 6th International Conference on Cities, People and Places (ICCPP-2018) Socializing Cities: Creating people-centred streets and places October 05–07, 2018
  3. Kini, Manoj K., “Redefining the role of tourism as an urban design tool in place making: Kollam as a case”, IEREK International Conference on Cultural Sustainable Tourism 2017, Greece, 2017
  4. Kini, Manoj K. Greeshma .P, “Resilient cities for the future: A case of Chennai”, The International Society of City and Regional Planners ISOCARP, 2017,Oregon, US.
  5. Kini, Manoj K., Raj. Arun., “Place branding as a tool in rejuvenating the derelict industrial areas”, 3rd International conference on materials mechanics and management, CET Trivandrum, 13-15 July 2017
  6. Kini, Manoj K., George. Sansu Sunny., “The role of regulatory mechanism in generating public space in Kerala context, 3rd International conference on materials mechanics and management CET Trivandrum, 13-15 July 2017
  7. Kini, Manoj K., Nair. Shaghi., “Water as a hybrid space: Networking canals as transit interchange corridor: A case of Kochi city”, 3rd International conference on materials mechanics and management, CET Trivandrum, 13-15 July 2017
  8. Kini, Manoj K., “Analysing traditional bazaar typology for generative successful commercial spaces: An urban design perspective”, 3rd International conference on materials mechanics and management CET Trivandrum, 13-15 July 2017
  9. Kini, Manoj K., “In search of Indigenous urbanism in India: Varanasi and Bhakthapur”, 2nd international conference on design pedagogy and contextual aesthetics, NIT Calicut Thamina
    a quest for authenticity: Reimagining aesthetic unfolding from conditioning awakening, 19-21 January 2017
  10. Kini, Manoj K., P. Greeshma., “Disaster Resilience in Vulnerable Cities through neighbourhood Development – A case of Chennai”, ICETEST-2015, GEC , Thrissur 2015
  11. Kini, Manoj K., “A case of Sustainable Building Practice in reference to the tropical climate of Kerala, India”, University of British Colombia- 8th International Conference on Environmental Cultural Economic and Social Sustainability, 10th -12th January 2012
  12. Kini, Manoj K., Bhooshan. B.S., “Colonial Influence in the Architecture of Kerala”, International Conference Kerala University, International centre for Kerala Studies, Pages 29, pp. 235-280 proceedings
  13. Kini, Manoj K., “Globalisation and its impact on the house forms of central Kerala Region- India”, SEAGA Conference, Vietnam 2010- Understanding the changing space, place and culture of Asia, pp.39 in proceedings, 23-26 Nov 2010
  14. Kini, Manoj K., “Analysing the morphological changes in vernacular domestic architecture of Kerala, India since 1947”, ISVS 5 2010 5th International seminar on Vernacular Settlements, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa. proceedings pp. 29, 30 and 31 July 2010
  15. Kini, Manoj K., “Restoration and renewal of urban lakes and fringe area developments: Sustainable urban design guidelines”, International conference on sustainable architecture- GREEN by IIA Kerala chapter Trivandrum, 9-11 Jan 2009


  1. Kini, Manoj K., “National Conference on Reviving Regional Wisdom in Architecture”, NCRKWA2018, poornima University School of Planning and Archietcture Jaipur 9-10 March, 2018
  2. Kini, Manoj K., George. Roshni Maria., “Formulating Urban Design Guidelines for optimum Carrying Capacity of a place”, NCTT 16th National Conference on Technological trends, Sept 2015
  3. Kini, Manoj K., Rajan. Asha., “Urban development with health and wellness Perspective of Vyttilla and Precinct- A solution for Urban stress in Kochi City” NCTT 16th National Conference on Technological trends, 11th-12th Sept 2015
  4. Kini, Manoj K., “Urbanisation and the State Kerala- A case – Kochi”, Economic Times Conference, 2015
  5. Kini, Manoj K., “Urban design guidelines for crime prevention”, Dept of architecture CET 17th NCTT 2014
  6. Kini, Manoj K., “Revision of UDPFI guidelines on MUD”, GOI, Mysore Oct-13
  7. Kini, Manoj K., “Urbanizing India and the need for democratic spaces”, Two-day National seminar on dimensions of urbanisation and development in India SBRR Mahajana First grade college, Mysore Departments of sociology and geography with State institute for urban development pg 85 in proceedings, 24-25 March 2011
  8. Kini, Manoj K., “Globalisation and its Impacts on the house forms of Central Kerala Region”, India, pp. 34, National Seminar on Economic development and Socio cultural Change in the Era of Globalisation (in honour of Dr.T .Scenlet Epstein,OBE,SIMA,University of Mysore) 25th to 27th March 2010
  9. Kini, Manoj K., “Sustainable Development in Alappuzha, Tourist Accommodation Strategy 2021”, CC- 237-24, 27th National Conference on Technological Trends, 2006

Member, Curriculum Formulation Committee for B Arch and M Arch Urban Design Degree Course, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Kerala, 2015-Present
Member, redressal committee, College Council (Academic), CET
Executive Member ISO 9001:2008 Academic and Curriculum Development Monitoring and Management Committee, Dept. of Architecture CET
Principal Coordinator for starting AICTE approved M Arch (Urban design) Degree Course, Dept of Architecture CET, 2013-14
Resource Person for Curriculum Formulation and Revision of B Arch, M Arch (urban design) and M Planning (Urban Planning) Degree Courses of Kerala University and APJ Kalam TU, Kerala 2014, 2016
Resource Person for Curriculum Formulation and Revision M Arch (Urban Design) and M Planning (Housing) Degree Courses of University of Kerala, 2012-2016
Member, International reach and research committee, CET Trivandrum
Coordinator, Disaster relief work CET 2018

Parpidom Young Architect Award, for excellence in the field of architecture, Kerala State
Indian Institute of Architects Certificate of merit for outstanding contribution to Profession
Stapati Samman for best architectural thesis in Kerala University ,
Thesis Gold medal for best Urban Design thesis and First Rank, M Arch(UD) SPA New Delhi
Nomination for Manika Vachakom Gold medal for best Thesis out of all streams, SPA New Delhi
Designer of the year Award Commendation by Inside outside Magazine ,Mumbai for Chandanam, A House in water.
Best paper award Greeshma J & Manoj Kumar Kini, NCTT national conference
Best Urban design thesis IUDI New Delhi Arun Raj & Manoj Kumar Kini, National level
Best PG thesis UD CoA Arun Raj Guided and Manoj Kumar Kini National Level
Merit scholarship for Govt of Kerala for academic Merit School Level
Scholarship for academic excellence Govt of Kerala
GATE Scholarship for PG studies Govt of India

State coordinator Green Architecture social initiative IIA Kerala Chapter 2016-2018
Executed low cost housing schemes for poor in different parts of Kerala as part of outreach programme under Govt and Local body initiative
Involved in school improvement and master planning of Government schools a s part of social outreach
Involved in Master plan preparation for Govt Colleges and DTE