Faculty Profile

Name : Dr. Suruchi Modi

Profile/Designation : Senior Professor

Education : B.Arch (Sushant School of Art & Architecture, GGSIPU - 2001); M.Arch (Urban Design) (Centre for environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad - 2004); M.Arch (Sustainable Tall Buildings) (School of Built Environment, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom - 2011); Ph.D. in Architecture (School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi - 2021)

Email : suruchimodi@sushantuniversity.edu.in


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Short Biography

Dr. Suruchi Modi is an architect and urban designer from CEPT University with a specialization in Tall Building Design from the University of Nottingham UK. She has completed her Ph.D. titled, “Evaluating the Social Spaces in Residential High Rises for Children”, from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

She has been associated with Sushant University for more than 10 years and is presently a Senior Professor in the Master of Architecture (Urban Design) Programme. She runs the Participatory Urban Design Studio engaging with various stakeholders to address real time challenges in the city and has been invited to present about the same at various platforms. She has been awarded for her project, “Revival of mixed land use concept as a tool to develop a sustainable city model”, at CEPT University in 2004 and is also an international award winner of the “Passivehaus skyscraper design for New York City” in 2011, felicitated at Prague.

She has worked with international offices like GDA Architects and Planners, Texas and Studio U+A, Gurgaon. Her work aims to extend the realm of sustainability to the real estate driven high-rise development of our cities today bringing forth the more appropriate concepts & technologies for tall buildings.

Research Interests

Vertical Urbanism, Tall Building Design, Child Friendly Urbanism.


Articles in Journals and Chapters

  1. Debating Tall. Social Distancing Skyscrapers?, CTBUH Journal, Issue III, Debating Tall
  2. Reconnecting the City to its Riverfront : A case of Kolkatta, A Journal of the National Institute of Urban Affairs
  3. An analysis of high-rise living in terms of provision of appropriate social spaces for children, Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, , Journal 5.
  4. Vertical Landscaping – A Tool for Sustainable Tall Buildings in Tropical Climates, International Journal of Landscape Planning and Architecture, Volume 3, Issue I
  5. Improving the Social Sustainability of High Rises, CTBUH International Journal , Chicago, Issue I 

Symposia Conducted

1. 23rd to 25th July 2020, Sushant PhD Colloquium in Architecture, Planning & Design 

2. March 2012, Revolution by Design, International Conference at Ansal University 

Workshops Conducted

1. Oct 2017 - Public Participatory Workshops at Wards 6, 18, 28, 29, 33 & 34 Gurugram

2. Oct 2018 - Public Participatory Workshops at Wards 5S, 6S, 7S, 11S & 13S, Shivaji Marg, New Delhi

3. Oct 2019 - Public Participatory Workshops at Lajpat Nagar I, II, III & IV, New Delhi 

FDPs Attended

1. 28th Nov - 02 Dec 2022, Effective Teaching Methodology in Architecture, Oxford School of Architecture and CoA

2. 02-06 May 2022, SDG 4'S - Targets for Teaching and Learning in Architecture, Sushant University and CoA

  1. 8th to 11th March, 2022 - Archi-Nari’ - A Women’s Perspective In Architectural Capacity Building, SAL School of Architecture and CoA.
  2. 19th - 24th May 2021, Digital Learning Platform, SAA Online Series III
  3. 10th to 13th May 2021, Online Training Program "Traditonal Indian Knowledge System", CoA
  4. 20th to 23rd April 2021, "[Re]Imagining Architecture", Sasi Creative School of Architecture & CoA
  5. 25th to 27th Nov 2020, Advanced Training Programme on Plaigiarism Issues, INFLIBNET Centre, Infocity, Gandhinagar
  6. 02 to 04 Nov 2020, Contemporary Perspectives on Resilience, USM’s Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies
  7. 30.07.2020, How to write Review Article and Research Article, Ansal University
  8. 26th to 30th May 2020, Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Architecture, CoA
  9. 11th to 15th May 2020, “Teaching Indian Architectural History”, CoA
  10. 17th to 21st Oct 2016, Training Programme on "INDIAN ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION", CoA 

Awards and Achievements (including Scholarship)

  1. International & National Winner of ISOVER – Multi-comfort House Competition 2011, for Passive House Skyscraper at Lower Manhattan, New York. (Felicitated at Ecobuild 2011, Excel London and Prague (EU))
  2. Awarded Winner of Canary Warf Tall Building Design 2011 at the University of Nottingham, UK
  3. 2004, Vastu Shilpa foundation Award – for the best Graduating Student in Studio Design
  4. 2004, Sir Patrick Geddes Award – Best Graduating student in overall Performance
  5. 2004, Harshada Deshpande Award – Excellence for the best student in Urban Design
  6. 2001, General Proficiency 2nd Position, Bachelors of Architecture, SSAA
  7. 2000, General Proficiency 1st Position, Bachelors of Architecture, SSAA
  8. 1999, General Proficiency 1st Position, Bachelors of Architecture, SSAA

Affiliations and Memberships

  1. CoA Member
  2. IIA Member
  3. IUDI Member
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