Director (Academic)

Director (Academic)


Architecture is a profession in design. An Architects concern is to design buildings to suit his or her clients means , provide comfort and that are visually pleasing
These qualities that an architect strive to achieve also have a bearing on the efficiency of the activities performed within the buildings

Architectural education
Hence architecture is a multi-disciplinary field. The students aspiring to become architects are exposed to a variety of fields such as visual art, building technology, climatology and human behavior etc. Therefore an institute of architecture should not only have the essential the facilities but also the ambiance to teach and learn the fields of studies form part of Architecture and related to it.

The Institute
In Sigma College of Architecture we are striving hard to create the most suitable facilities and environment for the architectural teaching learning process. A compact self-sufficient campus is being developed with all necessary facilities aiming at greater interaction between student faculty and Staff

The Place
Nanjil Nadu ( Kanyakumari District) occupies a special place in Tamil Nadu due to its historic, geographic and cultural identity and the progress it has made in education and entrepreneurship It is with great pride we announce that Sigma college of architecture is the first institute offering architectural education to be established in Nanjil Nadu The college campus is located amids lush green estates and on rolling landscape typical to Nanjil Nadu This natural setting contributes to creating the necessary ambiance required for the architectural teaching learning process.


Prof. Joseph Newman Fernando graduated in architecture from the Centre for environmental planning and technology, Ahmedabad. There after obtained his master’s degree in town and country planning from Madras University. He has registered for Ph.D. in architecture at n.i.t. Tiruchirappalli and currently working on it. Soon after graduation he worked with Indian institute of management, Ahmedabad for two years as research assistant. Then he was with a leading architectural firm, in Coimbatore as its chief designer for the next one and a half years, before taking up a teaching assignment in architecture with m.i.t. manipal. Then he shifted to department of architecture n.i.t. (then r.e.c.) Tiruchirappalli. He served the department of architecture in various capacities for over three decades of which 16 years as its professor and head. He had presented 12 research papers in the fields of city planning, urban design, housing, vernacular architecture and architectural education in national and in international seminars. He had also involved in architectural design and designed several residences institutional buildings and public buildings nearby 20 buildings designed by him are located within n.i.t. tiruchi campus. Their present department of architecture building was designed by prof. joseph n.fernando. He was also commissioned by Tamilnadu government to give design proposals for collector’s office tiruchi and the municipal office for Pudukkottai city. The i.i.a. Tamilnadu chapter honored him with honorable teacher of the year award in the year 2007 in appreciation of his contribution to architectural education n.i.t. tiruchi has constituted an award for its architecture students, in his name for excellence in vernacular architecture. He is currently a member of board of studies in architecture of Anna University. He was also member of board of studies in architecture of periyar maniammai university, adiyaan college hosur, thiyagarajar college madurai. He jad served as ai resource person in several national seminars and symposiums in architecture and urban design.

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