Sudarshan Krishnan specializes in the area of lightweight structures. His current research focuses on the structural design and behavior of cable domes, deployable structures, and form-finding of tensegrity and tensile membrane structures. His accompanying interests include the study of elastic and geometric structural stability. He serves on the Working Group-6: Tensile and Membrane Structures, of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, and ASCE/ACI-421 Technical Committee on the Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs. 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.

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 consistently listed on the “UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent/Outstanding by their Students” for 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