Sudarshan Krishnan specializes in the area of lightweight structures. His current research focuses on the structural design and stability behavior of cable-strut systems and transformable structures. He teaches courses on the planning, analysis and design of structural systems. 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 is an active member of Working Group-6: Tensile and Membrane Structures, and Working Group-15: Structural Morphology, of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS). He serves on the Aerospace Division's Space Engineering and Construction Technical Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the ASCE/ACI-421 Reinforced Concrete Slabs Committee. He is the past Program Chair of the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society for 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 (2004-06) in France. He was a recipient of the School of Architecture's “Excellence in Teaching Award,” the College of Fine and Applied Arts' "Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching," and has been consistently listed on the “UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent/Outstanding by their Students” for 16 different architecture and civil engineering courses. His research and teaching at the University of Illinois were recognized in the Big Ten Network’s (BTN) “Stories of Innovation, Impact and Inspiration.”


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