Sudarshan Krishnan specializes in the area of lightweight structures. His current research focuses on the structural design and behavior of cable-strut systems and transformable structures. His accompanying interests include the study of elastic and geometric structural stability. He teaches courses on the planning, analysis and design of structural systems. He has also developed a new course on deployable structures and transformable architecture. As an architect and structural designer, he has worked on a range of projects that included houses, hospitals, recreation centers, institutional buildings, and conservation of historic buildings/monuments.

Professor Sudarshan serves on the Working Group-6: Tensile and Membrane Structures of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), the ASCE Aerospace Division's Space Engineering and Construction Technical Committee, and the ASCE/ACI-421 Technical Committee on the Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs. He is the Program Chair of the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is also a member of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC).

From 2004-2007, Professor Sudarshan served on the faculty of the School of Architecture and ENSAV-Versailles Study Abroad Program in France. He has been a recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching Award” and has been listed on the “UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent/Outstanding by their Students” 28 times for 16 different architecture and civil engineering courses.


Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
M.S., Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
M.Arch, Structures Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
M.S.Arch, Architectural Theory, Texas A&M University, 2001
B.Arch, Sir J.J. College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, 2000