Rathinavel Subramaniam Educational Trust (RVSET) was established in 1983 as a public charitable Trust, in fond memory of Master Rathnavel Subramaniam the elder son of the chairman Lion. Vijayashree Dr. K. V. Kupusamy and Smt. K. Padmavathy. 

RVS Chennai Padmavathy School of Architecture strives to foster diversity and encourage each other to pursue unpredictable lines of thinking with path-breaking performances and hands-on learning. The college strives to make a change in the field of architecture and education. The main goal lies in providing research, skill development and on ground studio projects for real time exposure through tertiary programs and unique way of looking at the syllabus. We can generate a broader outlook and exposure for young architects to express their craft ship in myriad ways and not just through building design and execution.

From the Director’s Desk

“Architecture to me has been very experiential and impactful form of art. As a non-architect myself, buildings and its environment have always impacted and inspired me. I believe that education should aspire and inspire the next generations and we at RVS focus towards creating an environment that encourages and fosters enjoyable educational practices for both my students and faculties.

At RVS we strive to create more opportunities for our students and provide them with maximum exposure in every walk of life. Our program is designed to inculcate human values and be able to engage with reality at every step of the way. Our desire is to enable every student to be able to identify his passion and follow it.”

We want them to be ready!!

#industry ready | #future ready | #market ready


Destination RVS

Student Testimonials

  • My favourite thing about architecture is I get to be creative and imaginative. The most challenging thing about life as an architecture student is keeping up with the workload . It’s important to be well organized and plan each day . If you’re very interested in being an architect, you’ll find you have passion for your work , which will ensure you stay focused.

    Mirudula K S
    ALUMNI 2021
  • I really love architecture. I feel it has made me a very different person, from my confidence, time management, group skills and all, they improved drastically. And in this course, we have to get to visit so many places in and around our city and view them all in different point of perspective. As we are used to getting grounded so much that it helps us leave behind all our inhibitions and enjoy the course and work no matter.

    Prithika Aslin Dsouza
  • For me architecture always seemed like a course where we could express ourselves which is one of the main reason I was always fascinated by it , and it is one of those course where you are able to learn new things every single day.

    Mukil Latha Mohan
  • I enjoy art, architecture, nature and anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I’m in. Architecture shapes not only structures but also humans.

    Keerthana R
  • I’ve resolutely learnt that Architecture doesn’t deal only with the Form, Material or Construction. But also is cognate with Human values, Expressions, Ethics, Virtues, Morals and Principles.
    Just like Nature, a simple change at particular point in Architecture has the ability to induce an emotion within a person.

    Elesh Vidul TV
  • Architecture exhibits and manifest the past and shall morph and dictate the future of human civilization
    It tells stories and will continue to do so, of humans, what they are best known for admiration and creativity.
    I would like to express my part of story, that will carry on for centuries, being a part to morph and dictate the future of best to come. Most of all being an admiration to others.

    Krishna B S
  • Since it is a stand alone institution, staff and students share a binding that sows the seed for “life long fun learning”.

    By virtue of live project based teaching RVS lives to the modern day expectations of students in the field of architecture.

  • Architecture is all about passion,travel, and bringing your emotions and tune them in, which is about paying attention to our surroundings. Simultaneously you will learn how to cope up work pressure in this competitive world.
    There’s a Chinese proverb which says “Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” .The same applies here at RVS too. It gives an ample opportunities to learn things and to prove ourselves, we should alway be ready to seize the opportunities.

  • I see architecture as lifestyle more than a course, it reflects culture, and you’ll get the sense that it’s less of a profession and more of a world-view, a lens with which to interpret all of your surroundings.
    I believe creativity, exploration ,travel, humility, intellectuality are all fruits of the tree ‘ARCHITECTURE’.

    Kalyan R
  • Architecture-It’s a journey without a endpoint because you can never stop learning and creating. As long as you find inspiration around you, the architect within you is never dead. It’s a beautiful medium to unlock oneself and express their thoughts into artform; exploring and experimenting it practically. It has changed my approach towards life, adding professionalism and making me a better person.

    Sneha S
  • Space remains as a magical notion for me, giving each idea a chance to evolve into something larger. The design process looks to transcend the obvious and to create a more pleasurable experience, buildings that celebrated life and made strong statements. I believe that planning/drawing in situ emerge the structure to be simple and full sail the motive of being

    Apoorva Pillai
    Alumni Batch 2020
  • Architecture is meticulous leading to a thought “out-of-the-box” and evolving new designs, inviting people to linger or merely functioning as transit area and encouraging elegant, eccentric, modern, vivid, diverse functional space, whereas the concept of engineering is just setting up the commands and designs which were created and preset for the course.

    Alumni, Batch 2020

Our Team

Ar. M Raajkumar

Professor & Dean

“He is an accomplished leader exemplifying ability to manage projects and stimulate growth combined with a unique blend of experience in Design, Planning and Execution segments of the building industry with updated knowledge of theory in contemporary process in architectural design.

Ar. Karunakaran

Professor & Principal

“An architect with more than 30 years of excelling in academic experience. He is a veteran in versatile teaching experience in different streams like design, detailing, architectural drawings and building construction. He is an asset in bringing academic richness to the institution. 

Ar. Amutha K

Professor & Principal

“A renowned architect among the industry with around 20 years of rich experience in both teaching and industry. She holds a specialization in sustainable housing architecture with which she has been associated with numerous government projects of Tamilnadu and various housing projects.”

Ar. Zoyab Kadi

Design Chair

“An architect with more than 40 years of experience in practice and academic experience. He is a veteran in writing about the history of built heritage.  He runs many initiatives along with his firm TRIPLE O STUDIOS. It is  an honor to have him as our guide.”

Ar. Binu Xavier B S


“Architect with more than 22 Years of experience holding double masters. His professional practice includes numerous residential, commercial and industrial projects located all over Tamil Nadu. He has been actively involved with academics for more than 15 years, teaching with reputed architecture institutions.”

Ar. P. Kanimozhi

Associate Professor

“An Architect with Masters in Housing, IGBC Accredited Professional and GRIHA Certified Professional. She has 15 years of academic experience in renowned institutions in Chennai and 10 years of architectural practice.  Her areas of interest include sustainable smart planning and Inclusive development. Currently she is pursuing her research on Evaluation of Green rated buildings.”


Ar. Suresh Kumar

Associate Professor

“Ar. Suresh Kumar is an architect from Chennai running a practice for about 10 years. He has worked in Singapore and is well versed in project management and handling services. His approach to design is practical and elucidating service part of buildings.”



“Murali architects, one of the innovative design practices in Tamil Nadu, offers services in Architecture and Interior design.

Ar. Murali was a part of the 4th year studio as a mentor for the International School Design. He interacted with the students with valuable inputs and his expert guidance”



“Architect Kishore runs a successful practice called architectureRED that does some of the most innovative works in Chennai.

He is the mentor for the third year design studio of residence and of a science center. His practical know how and design ideas have inspired the students equally.”




“Ar. Krishna Murthy runs a successful Design + Workshop studio called the FOLDS DESIGN STUDIO, they work on parametric designs that are innovative and cutting edge.

He is the design mentor for first year foundation program where his innovative design ideas and processes have made the studio agile with ideas.”




“Ar. Meenakshi is an architect running the famous NGO NIVASA that works on the sustainable and eco friendly homes. These projects are based in rural areas and create a sense of space and being.

She was a part of the second year design studio where the students studies a rural settlement and gave proposals accordingly.”


Ar. Raman S

Associate Professor

“Ar. Raman with more than 15 Years of experience has been associated with top architecture firms like Cheralathan Associates, Architect support group, Citadines and etc. He has been in the design and execution of various projects like 5 Star hotels, shopping malls, cinema theatres and many multi-storey buildings across Tamilnadu.”


Ar. Bhagyalakshmi

Associate Professor

“An Architect with years of academic and field experience. Her area of expertise is spatial design and unique concepts. She believes that design lies in the beauty of understanding the clients and being part of their design sense and emphasizing on them.”


Ar. Aby Philip

Associate Professor

“Ar. Aby is a passionate architect with a keen interest in Heritage Architecture of Tamil Nadu. With a Post graduate in Architectural Design, he mentors the studio and breaksdown the problem into simplistic components.  His approach to design is more experimental and explorative with the intent to create new an dynamic ideas.”

Ar. Bharathi S

Associate Professor

“Proactive professor and researcher with 14+ years of experience teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She strives to create a challenging and engaging learning environment in which students get inspired to pursue academic and personal excellence. She is driven by excellence.”

Ar. Reeveezee M Antony

Academic Innovator

“Ar. Reeveezee M Antony is currently the Academic Innovator of our institution. He finished his architecture degree from School of Planning and Architecture, Anna University. His experience as an academician in the field of architecture especially with RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture includes innovating the architecture curriculum to inculcate creativity and innovation in learning, conducting experiential workshops with faculty and students to improve exposure and outreach.”


Ar. Shahir Ahamed K

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Shahir Ahamed K is an architect with Masters in Building Management and also been involved various rural documentation projects across Tamilnadu based on five land forms of ancient Tamil literature, documenting micro and macro levels of village in the aspects of Socio-economic and Vernacular techniques.”


Ar. Sriram Aditya S

Assistant Professor

“A young and passionate architect passed out from the School of Architecture and Planning (SAP), Chennai. An extremely talented artist with an eye for detail. He runs a parametric design studio called RAIN STUDIO which focuses on innovation and parametric design of spaces where creativity in every step being the key.”


Ar. Chidambaram S

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Chidambaram a graduate from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University with a decade of experience is a professional whose area of interest is more in housing. He is an enthusiastic and dynamic person of our asset. He has been involved in the coordination of summer winter school programme of our college. He is also involved in the research of settlement study and housing projects.”


Ar. Priyadharshini V

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Priyadharshini a graduate from School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University with a decade of experience is a professional whose area of interest is more in Urban. She has been involved in the coordination of Vertical studios with different colleges and universities across the country. And she is also involved in the research of Urban planning and design.”


Ar. Gomathi M

Assistant Professor

“Ms. Gomathi is an Architect with more than 9 years of experience in practice and academic. She holds a specialization in Landscape Architecture. Her areas of interests are Rural Documentation, Design Research and Design education. She is particularly intrigued by the sensitivity of architecture towards nature and people, as well as discovering new aspects that enrich the spatial experience.”


Ar. Firdose Basha Ghouse

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Firdose is the co-founder & principal architect at WAR-Studio,  has a double Master’s Degree in Advanced Architecture and BIM from IAAC and the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has worked at leading firms like IDOM, EMBT, Spain, and Murali Architects.”


Ar. Pradhyumna Upendiren

Assistant Professor

“Ar.Pradhyumna Upendiran an architect with keen interest in Real estate development holds a master’s in the same from Measi academy of architecture. He runs a firm PYRAM ARCH with expertise in real estate and architectural design. He is involved in various residential and interior projects in and around Chennai.”


Ar. Hema Malini V

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Hema Malini found her passion in interiors and did her master degree in Interior Design. She has experience in project management and design on commercial, residential and hospital projects. Her area of expertise is management, as she’s great with people and communication. She believes that design lies in the beauty of understanding the clients and being part of their design sense and emphasizing on them.”


Ar. Ganesh

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Ganesh is a young architect who has been practicing for past 6 years. He has worked in top firms like Paradigm, Bangalore and WeBe Design Lab, Chennai. He runs his practice Studio Zo where he experiments with unique design ideas. He brings a practical and in field experience to the studio with admirable spatial planning.


Ar. Devesh Balakrishnan

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Devesh is a spatial storyteller who likes to weave design with nature, creating an undying memory. A good space speaks far beyond experience and stories. As an architect he believes in capturing that. His core principles is idea of balancing nature with architecture and has experience in eco-sensitive construction, onsite labour training and project management.


Ar. Sailakshmi

Assistant Professor

“An enthusiastic architect, who has Mastered in Urban Design & Development from Manipal University .She is undertaking research on Urban and Environment Management,Urban Criminology and Urban resilience of Chennai city. She has published her research on “Urban Form of Coramandel coast ,Pulicat” in Journal of Indian Institute of Architects(JIIA).She have worked in architectural firms in Bangalore and Cochin where she was involved in various residential ,Commercial and Government competition projects .


Ar. Navanetha Kumari

Assistant Professor

“A young and passionate architect who has research interest in vernacular architecture and climate analysis. As an academician, she utilizes a very interactive approach to teach the art of architecture and indulge students in creative practices, to help them emerge as innovative architects. She has also been involved in several prominent projects like residences, apartments and commercial buildings as a freelancer.


Ms. Ashmitha E Athreya

Assistant Professor

“Ms. Ashmitha is an architect with a specialty in Heritage Studies. She is currently the Head of Operations in MADRAS INHERITED. She has an experience in heritage studies and has done her P.G. Diploma in Heritage Studies from INTACH.”


Mr. Syed

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Syed is a young architect with a passion for designing functionally spatial designs that bring a sense of space. He is well versed in creating an outlet for design innovations in studio along with producing functional designs.”


Ar. Chandravadhana G

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Chandravadhana is an Architect & Urban Planner, a graduate from School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. She has been part of various sustainable projects in the field of architecture. She is involved in various Projects with Puducherry forest department with special focus on restoration of water bodies of eco sensitive zones.”


Ar. Zenath Begum A K

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Zenath Begum is a young architect with 3 years of experience in doing architectural works. Her practice over 3 years includes of residential projects all over Chennai in contemporary styles. She has been involved in teaching for about an year and has done her excellence in teaching till now.”


Ar. Suganya B

Assistant Professor

“Ar. Suganya has a keen interest in art and academics. Her expression of love for colours and patterns is seen through her mandala and zentangle art. Having nurtured her passion for art for years, she had made quite an impression in the industry. Her sense of creating new and interesting activities and design problems makes her a unique asset. She has been key in taking forward our foundation programme.”


Er. Sri Ganesh Kumar M

Assistant Professor

“A Budding Engineer who is pursuing his Doctorate in Structural Engineering and passionate towards research. He is a GATE qualified candidate during the year of 2015 and he is a registered professional under CMDA and a Chartered Engineer with Institution of Engineers, India. He has been involved in a research to associate Structural Engineering with Architecture.”


Er. Sethupathi P

Assistant Professor

“Er Sethupathi P, a structural engineer passionate towards design of structures complying new innovations. He is interested to explore the areas of steel practices which comply with futuristic perspectives. He is qualified to carry over Masters project at CSIR-SERC in the field of transmission line towers at Chennai. He is planning for future work towards steel framed structures for his doctorate. “


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