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Professor of Architecture 


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA (1989-1993)
  • M. Arch., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA (1985-1986)
  • B. Arch., University of Madras, Madras, India (1978-1983)

Research and Interest:

Dr. Mahalingam is a registered architect in India, who also has over 25 years of experience in the field of computer- aided architectural design, and has served as the President of the Association for Computer-aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Dr. Mahalingam has completed significant research for his doctoral degree and added an original body of knowledge to the architectural profession, which involved the creation of software for the design of proscenium-type auditoriums based on object-oriented computing technology.

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

“Acoustic Sculpting Revisited,” an invited paper for a special session on Soundscapes, presented at the 178th annual conference of the Acoustical Society of America, held in San Diego, California, December, 2019.

“Strategies for Tunable Indoor Soundscapes,” Inter-Noise 2018, Chicago, Illinois, August, 2018.

“Generating the spatial forms of auditoriums based on distributed sentience,” presented at the Acoustics ’17 Conference of the Acoustical Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts, June, 2017.

“The Search for Intensional Form,” in The Fantastic and the Constructible, the 2008-2010 form.Z Joint Study Journal, Volume 17 of the Partnerships in Learning Series, published by auto.des.sys Inc. (2010)

“Discovering Computational Structures,” published in caadfutures 2007, Andy Dong, ed., Andrew Vande Moere and John S. Gero, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands (2008) 

“Improving ‘Objective’ Digital Images with Neuronal Processing: A Computational Approach,” co-authored with Dr. Rajesh Kavasseri, International Journal of Architectural Computing (2004) 

“Model Behaviour” in Intelligent Build and Design Innovations by Cornhill Publishers of the UK (2004) 

“POCHE: Polyhedral Objects Controlled by Heteromorphic Effectors,” CAAD Futures, by Bauke de Vries, Jos van Leeuwen and Henri Achten, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht (2001) 

“Binary Oppositions: Will Computers Be Able To Design As Well As Human Designers In The Foreseeable Future,” ACADIA Quarterly (2000) 

“Design and Construction in the Future,” Web-based Stanford-Berkeley CE&M workshop on “Defining a Research Agenda for AEC Process/Product Development in 2000 and Beyond” (1999) 

“Representing Architectural Design Using Virtual Computers,” Automation in Construction (1998) 

“Object-Oriented Computer-Aided Design Systems for the Preliminary Design of Auditoria,” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research (Autumn 1996)

“Designing the Sound Environment: Acoustic Sculpting,” published in the proceedings of the ACSA Technology Conference held in San Diego, California, February, 1992.