Sudarshan Krishnan has academic and professional experience in structural engineering and architecture. He has worked on the design of diverse projects that included houses, hospitals, recreation centers, institutional buildings, and conservation of historic buildings/monuments.

Professor Sudarshan 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.

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 by their Students” for both 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