Dr. Pradeep G Kini

Professor | Joint Director |

Manipal School of Architecture and Planning


    Joint Director

    Associate Director - Research and Collaboration


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Ph. D Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 2018
MArch University of Illinois, USA 2002
BArch Mangalore University,Karnataka 2000

Exploring energy conservation in office buildings with thermal comfort criterion towards sustainable new developments in warm and humid climate. Energy Procedia.Elsevier Publications. 2017. ISSN 1876-6102

To Investigate the Influence of Building Envelope and Natural Ventilation on Thermal Heat Balance in Office Buildings in Warm and Humid Climate. IOP: Earth and Environmental Science. 2017

Optimal urban microclimatic environment considering clusters of buildings and open spaces in warm and humid climate. International Journal of Earth Sciences Engineering. 2011; 05(1) SPL, ISSN 0974-5904

‘Climate optimized fenestration systems for developing nations’ at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 2014.

Exploring strategies for sustainable site planning of built environment to mitigate the effects of rapid urbanization in warm and humid climate. International Journal of Earth Sciences Engineering. 2013; 06(4):697-701

Kini Pradeep G Kamath Kiran Pai AM

Smart campus and sustainable action. Manipal Research review. 2015


Area of Interest

Architectural Design and Construction, Sustainable Design and Construction, Tall Buildings, Interior Design

Area of Expertise

Architectural Design, Interior Design, Tall Buildings, Sustainable Construction

Area of Research

Sustainable Development, Tall Buildings, Architectural Design, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Health Care Design, Interior Design, Hospitality Architecture

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Certified ISO Auditor for Quality Management System and Environmental Management System at Faculty of Architecture, MAHE.
  • Member of Council of Architecture.
  • Member of American Institute of Architects.
  • Member of Indian buildings Congress.
  • Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Steelman Partners, Las Vegas, USA Project Architect
Jma Architecture, Las Vegas, USA Project Architect

Optimal urban microclimatic environment considering clusters of buildings and open spaces in warm and humid climate


International Journal of Earth Sciences Engineering, Volume 05(1) SPL, Jan 2011, ISSN 0974-5904.

Exploring energy conservation in office buildings with thermal comfort criterion towards sustainable new developments in warm and humid climate

2017 Sustainable Development, Energy efficiency in buildings Pradeep Kini NK Garg, K Kamath


As a case study, a six storey office building in Manipal in Coastal Karnataka, India is documented and simulated for indoor thermal comfort analysis. Various building envelope design strategies are examined in order to improve indoor temperatures and conserve energy towards sustainable new developments in warm and humid climate.

Exploring strategies for sustainable site planning of Built environment to mitigate the effects of rapid urbanization in warm and humid climate

2013 Building energy simulation; Climatic design; Environmental sustainable design; Neighborhood design; Passive design; Warm humid climate Pradeep Kini


This paper emphasizes the need for environmental sustainability and climate responsive passive design strategies while designing new building developments to mitigate the negative effects of urbanization.

To Investigate the Influence of Building Envelope and Natural Ventilation on Thermal Heat Balance in Office Buildings in Warm and Humid Climate

2017 Building envelopes; Commercial building; Environmental performance Pradeep Kini NK Garg K Kamath


This paper investigates the overall heat gain through building envelope components and natural ventilation in warm and humid climate region through experimental and simulation methods towards improved thermal environmental performance. 

Optimization based feasibility study for filler slabs as a response towards the ECBC roof compliance with respect to thermal transmittance for five climatic zones of India

2020 energy conservation; filler material; insulation; optimization; u value RR Acharya, P Kishore, M Raghuprem Pradeep Kini S Shetty


This optimization model produces the optimum choice for filler material in different cases based upon the variables and associated constraints. In the cases where the solution cannot be derived, it is deduced that filler slabs alone are not feasible to be used as a solution for the ECBC compliance.

Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) based optimum wall composition with respect to thermal transmittance and thickness for different commercial pockets of Tier-1 city in temperate climatic zone of India

2020 ECBC; evolutionary optimization; external wall; selling price S Shetty P Kishore Pradeep Kini RR Acharya Anupam Raj


The various wall compositions achieved, as the result of an evolutionary optimization is made compliant with ECBC 2017 standards to obtain the best possible optimized external wall solution. The increase in the percentage of carpet area/ sellable area as a result of optimization of the external wall was used to calculate the percentage increase in the profit per square metre area of construction. As a final result of the optimization, the selling price of the commercial building is maximized. 

Optimization based feasibility analysis for Energy Conservation Building Code compliance of opaque wall assemblies in different climatic zones of India

2020 Building; Climate; Code; Conservation; Energy; Sustainable Pranav Kishore Pradeep Kini Anupam Raj


This research uses the evolutionary optimization model for the feasibility analysis of ECBC and incremental ECBC code compliance, in various climatic zones of India towards wider acceptability by the building industry with respect to the thermal transmittance of opaque wall assemblies in building envelope for different typologies of commercial buildings using the available materials in the Indian context / market.

Importance of Developing Guidelines for Built Environment of Anganwadis and Its Influence Towards Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

Anganwadi; Building energy simulation; Environmental sustainability; Sustainable development goals; Warm and humid climate Pradeep G Kini Kala Choyimanikandiyil P Sri Charan Hatem Mahmoud Osman

Sustainable Communities and Integrated Design Approach towards Development of Smart Cities

2016 Pradeep Kini


Indian economy is currently the third largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) and this is projected to grow further in the next two decades with ongoing urbanization and infrastructure development. Cities play an important and critical role in the development of the nation. The design and construction industry has started to embrace an ecologically friendly approach to architectural design since the last decade with considerable work on individual green buildings in urban areas

Assessment of Building Integrated Photovoltaic Panels on Facades of Commercial Buildings with Respect to Energy Conservation Building Code.

2021 BIPV Panels, Performance Analysis, Energy Production, Optimal Tilt Angle, Design Builder, Payback Period, BIPV Integration Style. Achinta N Shetty Pradeep G Kini Pranav Kishore Vipin Tandon


aims at studying various approaches to further enhance the energy production of the modelled building after attaining the ECBC minimum requirement. PVGIS system is used to assess parameters such as PV technology used, integration of the panels, system loss, year to year variability, tilt angles of the panels. Further, shadow analysis of the optimal angle to maximize energy production is analysed. A comparative study between the modelled building and the PVGIS system on the panel cost and payback period is conducted. Based on the optimum tilt and azimuth angles, shadow analysis and daylighting analysis is carried out. The paper provides an understanding of the optimal integration style of the BIPV panels on the building facade.

Energy Saving Potential in Building Envelopes through Energy Conservation Building Code and Design Alternatives in Warm and Humid Climate.

2021 Energy Conservation Building Code, Building Envelope, Climate Change, Warm & Humid Climate, Thermal Comfort, Building Energy Simulation, Sustainable Development Anuthama Mahesh1 Pradeep Kini Pranav Kishore


The implementation of ECBC prescriptive requirements is found to reduce energy consumption by 15.86% in the baseline case. Further implementation of Design Alternatives (DA) in the building envelope achieved a reduction in overall annual energy consumption by 32.31%.

The coming digital revolution in building design, construction and operations

2019 Pradeep Kini Ajit Rao


The coming digital revolution in building design, construction and operations

    Inside business


    Las Vegas Review Journal, 14 April 2008. <a href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/inside-business-252">Inside business</a>

    Judges choice award for Manipal University faculty at international contest



    Reducing the global carbon footprints: Griha Summit New Delhi



    Is Mangalore’s Growth Sustainable? Stake Holders Debate at meeting organized by FOA, MAHE

     Jan 05, 2018