Manipal University

Manipal University is a pioneer of the ‘Inspired Learning’ approach to higher education. Its academic delivery model goes beyond classroom education to provide holistic learning experience for the students. The University, through its innovative pedagogy, has created an ecosystem of teaching and research excellence that is based on the 6 pillars of Inspired Learning

Faculty of Architecture, Manipal, India

Faculty of Architecture provides the best quality design programs in the domains of architecture and design in the country. Established in 1978, the school has a pioneering legacy of 39 years. FOA fosters a creative, innovative and intellectually vibrant learning environment with a global outlook. It strives to establish academic and professional excellence in architecture and design.

Faculty of Architecture is an elite institution with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. It includes the design studios, computer lab with latest design software, various supporting labs and library with latest editions of books and journals.Dedicated and experienced faculty members encourage student centric practices where learning
expands beyond the four walls of the classroom.Preparing students for timeless success in the profession of design is the primary goal of the academic systems at Faculty of Architecture.

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To mould past sensitive, present defined and future equipped Designers and to be the preferred Design destination by virtue of its values, processes and resources.


To develop Proficiency, Innovation and Sensitiveness with our Four Point philosophy

  • Sustainable and Sensitive Practices in Design
  • Regional Values and Global Essence
  • People-Centric Design
  • Profession Oriented Education and Training


FOA strives to stimulate and strengthen, amongst its cohorts, the core values of;

  • Nation Building
  • Collective Energy
  • Respectful Demeanor
  • Lifelong Learning


Academics at FOA recognizes the 4 areas of core competencies enabling learners to Think, Explore, Build and Manage better. Through a wide range of teaching learning innovations, we ensure efficiency in knowledge transfer along with ‘Mentoring and Monitoring. Through continual alumni engagement and professional exposure the curriculum always strives for meaningful innovations

Research Overview

Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University is involved in Research of all the key Design domains of Architecture, Interior Design and Fashion Design. Research at Faculty of Architecture explores the socio-economic, cultural, behavioural and sustainable implications to create and build people-centric environments with good quality of life. Collaborative funded research is supported in the domains of sustainability, energy efficiency, Urban Design, Interior Design, Product design, Landscape Design, Historical Documentation and Conservation. Research outcomes encompass text-based publications in the topmost indexed journals in addition to a variety of creative works ranging from built structures to products and to artworks. Researchers at Faculty of architecture engage with a range of external partners including industry bodies, the design professions, the arts segment, Government bodies, local councils, non-government organisations and community groups. Inter Professional research between Built Environment and other professions is encouraged at all levels in Faculty of Architecture.

Research in Faculty of Architecture takes place at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and doctoral level. The faculty supervise the undergraduate and postgraduate students in performing an exploratory research on the topics identified by the students as part of their academics. The outcomes are put forth and presented in national and international conferences and jointly published in peer reviewed journals.
The institution has Research and Collaborations with various prestigious Universities across the Globe.

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