Dr. V Balaji
Dr. Balaji Venkatachary serves as an Associate Professor at Mysore School of Architecture. He is trained as an Architect and Conservator from Anna University and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi respectively. He earned his Ph.D in Conservation from the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. His research interests include Cultural landscapes, Digital humanities for conservation of architectural heritage, and Traditional Knowledge Systems.
He has contributed as a freelance consultant to various projects in the interest of 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 residential and commercial design projects in Delhi and the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has taught in reputed schools of Architecture in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
As part of his fellowship at SPA, Bhopal, he has taught postgraduate courses in the department of Conservation and has contributed to the conservation and research projects at the Centre for Cultural Knowledge system (CCKS), Bhopal. His published works include papers on Cultural Landscapes, Use of GIS for landscape analysis, Analysis of historic paintings and Discourse on Aesthetics in Architecture. For his doctoral research he explored the Role of music in shaping the cultural landscape of Kaveri basin. He has been developing and conducting workshops on subjects such as ‘Research in Architecture’, ‘Site Design’ and ‘Heritage Documentation’ for university teachers and students through various regional and national forums.