An alumnus of CEPT (Ahmedabad) and SPA, New Delhi, Prof.Dr .Manoj Kumar K is currently Principal at KSID, Kollam and has two decades of experience in design education, research, and practice. He has served as programme in Charge of Urban Design at CET, Trivandrum and is the member of PG and UG academic and curriculum committees at A.P.J.Abdul Kalam technological University. He is also serving as the chairman, Board of studies, design, APJ Kalam Technological University.He has been the lead faculty and chair across various departments of design that include, The faculty improvement programme, the Professional Education Programmes, Research & Publications, Integrated Design and consultancy Services, Outreach Programmes, and International workshops. He is the founding and lead faculty of Urban Design, the first UD programme in government sector in South India, initiated by Govt of Kerala at CET, Trivandrum. He also serves on the advisory board of the Local Self Government and State Government organizations in community based design initiatives and project implementation. He is the founder secretary of IIA, Kollam centre, state executive committee member in charge of sustainable architecture and national secretary of IUDI, India.
Dr.Manoj has initiated many public projects, where design plays a vital role in engaging the society and for the social benefit. He also steered the design initiative by Govt of Kerala in rebuilding Kerala during 2018 floods under CARE Kerala programme. He was instrumental in conducting joint workshops at CET with international institutions like La Salle University, Bogota, Colombia and AA School London, UK. He has contributed to many Research publications, Journals and Compendiums and has been co-author in some of the prestigious academic publications.
His primary research interests include design education, theory of design, morphological studies, timber architecture and joinery details in Kerala, and architectural history. He is also an expert in Disaster management and resilience building and is currently working on some of the projects in this area.