AR3611 Environmental Design Studio Syllabus:

AR3611 Environmental Design Studio Syllabus – Anna University Regulation 2021


 To introduce buildings as consumers of resources for human needs and to enable responsible, creative addressing of this fact through design choices.
 To enable an understanding of architectural design as integrating diverse functional concerns in a complex building through analysis and innovation.
 To impart training in the resolving of spatial considerations with other physical aspects such as structures, services and climate.


Architecture is a man made addition to the world and is resource intensive. The questions in this regard are how to simplify needs and means. Concerns of sustainability drive the basic act of designing through the act of making. Further, architecture today is also required to integrate several physical concerns in a building as human needs in built environment have become more complex with respect to intensity, distribution and interdependency of activities/ programmes. Here the challenge is to address complex, service intensive needs in an efficient and innovative manner so as to conserve/ optimise resources and use them in an ingenious manner. Appropriate tools and techniques can be used in study and design.

Following this, the nature of projects can be either or both of these- 1) simple scale, ordinary or special use projects examining design through resources of different types 2) large, complex projects (multi storeyed buildings, office complexes, buildings for healthcare, performing art centre, etc.,) that need technical resolution and/or balance of various aspects. Aspects to be addressed can be urban land as resource, planning integration and detailing, sustainable building practices, green issues, alternative energy, intelligent building techniques and service integration, advanced building practices, appropriate materials and construction, sensitive and optimal use of resources. The number of projects are left to the discretion of the faculty based on scale and complexity.


 Ability to critically and sensitively understand and address issue of resources.
 Ability to balance diverse aspects/concerns of buildings by making informed choices and innovative design in the context of buildings with intense or complex programmes.
 Ability to apply knowledge intensively in realms such as sustainable built environment, services.


1. Daniel Williams, ‘Sustainable Design, Ecology, Architecture and Planning’, John Wiley and Sons Inc, NJ, 2007.
2. MiliMazumdar, ‘Energy Efficient Buildings in India’, TERI, New Delhi, 2012.
3. ‘Sustainable Building Design Manuals I and II’, TERI, 2004.
4. Derek Clements-Croome, ‘Intelligent Buildings: An Introduction’, Routledge, 2013.
5. Stephen A. Kliment, Editor ‘Building Type Basics’ Series, Wiley.


1. Lara Menzel, ‘Office – Architecture + Design’, Braua Publishers, 2009.
2. Sheri Koones, ‘Prefabulous+Sustainable, Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy Efficient Home’, ABRAMS, 2010.
3. Edward Ng, ‘Designing High-density Cities for Social and Environmental Sustainability, Routledge, 2009.
4. Robin Guenther, Gail Vittori, ‘Sustainable Healthcare Architecture’, 2nd Edition, Wiley 2013.
5. Marian Keeler, Bill Burke, ‘Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building’, Wiley, John Wiley and Sons, 2009.