Specialization: Architectural Designs and Conservation of Buildings
Benny started his career in 1984 and received the basic lessons in architecture under the tutelage of Laurie Baker. After receiving the Charles Wallace India Trust award for an MA in conservation studies at the University of York. He has received his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Benny is known more for his work for the design of the public buildings and the transplantation of the buildings in the Kerala Section of the craft village known as Dakshinachitra in Chennai. Major architectural works include the Muziris Heritage Project, Institute of Palliative Medicine in Calicut, the design of the tsunami affected villages of Chinnangudi and Tarangmbadi in Nagapattinam District, the Springdale Heritage Resort in Vandiperiyar and the Anantya Resort in Kanyakumari Resort.
Benny has authored the book ‘Conserving Timber Structures in India’ and one of the editors for the book ‘ Guidelines for the Preparation of a Heritage Management Plan’. He has offered his services as consultant to UNDP, UNESCO, various State Governments and other organisations.
- Architectural Designs
- Conservation of Buildings
Awards and Recognitions
- 2002 Designer of the Year Award by Inside Outside Magazine
- 2011 Celebration of Architecture Award by Inside Outside Magazine
- 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by Estrade
- 2017 Scroll of Honour 2017 by Realty Plus
- 2017 Editor’s Choice for Exemplary Body of Work, Trends Excellence Award
Research & Publications
- Benny Kuriakose, Nupur Prothi Khanna, Malvika Bajaj Saini (eds), Guidelines for Preparation of a Heritage Management Plan, 2010.
- Benny Kuriakose, Conserving Timber Structures in India, 2007.
- Benny Kuriakose, Habitat Mapping of Chinnangudi – A Study of Chinnangudi Village in Connection with Tsunami Reconstruction Project, 2006