Balaji Venkatachary is an Architect and Conservator. He has contributed as consultant to various projects in the interest of Architectural heritage such as Heritage Impact Assessment for Hyderabad Golf Course at Golconda, Listing and documentation of Historic buildings in Chennai, Energy Audit studies for traditional bangle industry in Firozabad to mention a few. His prior assignments include his involvement in design projects such as beach resorts, commercial complex and office spaces in New Delhi and Kingdom of Bahrain.
His Teaching and Research interests revolve around Indian Cultural Landscapes, Traditional Architectural Knowledge Systems, Climatology, Architectural Theory and its linkages to Humanities, which has been nourished and refined through his experience as a full time teacher close to five years in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. His published and unpublished works include papers on Cultural Landscapes and Discourse on Aesthetics in Architecture. He has been developing and conducting workshops on ‘Integrating Climatology in Design Studio’ in State Universities and has been talking to university teachers on Site Design and Architectural Documentation through various regional and national forums.
Balaji Venkatachary received his postgraduate degree (M.Arch) in Architectural Conservation from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and his undergraduate degree (B.Arch.) in Architecture from Anna University, Tamil Nadu. He has been currently developing the research on “Role of Carnatic Music in shaping the Cultural Landscape of Kaveri basin” towards his doctorate at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.
He is passionate about Architectural Pedagogy and believes that quality education is the way forward for an empowered nation.