Hybrid Convention
Conference + Workshops

The Convention aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary deliberations on designing built environment for performance and to enquire into the possibilities of framing a methodology to be adopted in the undergraduate education in Indian architectureschools based on a scientific temperament.

The Convention is proposed to be of hybrid nature with Conference sessions with eminent Keynote speakers and paper presentations on various aspects of built environment as well as workshops focussing on tools and methods for measuring performance.This we believe, would enrich the experience of invited faculty participants from various schools


College of Architecture Trivandrum

C.A.T is one of the leading privately owned architecture schools in Kerala. The Institution is conceived with an intention to integrate objectivity and aesthetics in its approach to built environment design. The School is Located at Trivandrum, the southernmost tip of Kerala with Tropical Warm Humid climate .Kerala is known for its rainforests and lush green landscapes with around 70 running streams, rivers and backwaters.The state sustains a pluralistic population around 3 million consisting of diverse culture and religions co existing harmoniously for the past few centuries.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Norbert Lechner

Auburn University
Solar Geometry in Energy Responsive Design

Prof. Harimohan Pillai

Performance of Heritage Structures

Dr. P S Chani

IIT Roorkee
Evaluation & Assessment of Embodied Energy

Prof.Alfredo Fernández- González

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Solar Geometry

Dr. Christhina Candido

University of Sydney
Post Occupancy Evaluation

Prof. Rajan Rawal

Building Performance: Design, Construction & Operations

P C Thomas

Director, Team Catalyst)
University of Sydney
Building Simulation

Drs. G.H. Stegeman

Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Urban Liveability

Dr.Naseer M.A.

NIT Calicut
Sustainability and Livability of Cities in Developing nations

Dr. Arun Menon

IIT Madras
Performance of Heritage Structures



Selected Authors can extend their paper for further review and possible publication in the Science Citation Indexed Journal "Energy and Building"
Reviewers include Prof Norbert Lechner (Auburn University, USA), Christhina Candido (University of Sydney) etc.

Paper Submission Guidelines
The prospective authors are called upon to submit full papers incorporating original research works pertaining to the themes of the Convention. The papers must clearly state purpose of the research, Methodology used, Major findings and relevant references. Already published /submitted papers should not be submitted for consideration. At least one of the authors should register for the convention .Please Visit the website for details on submission guidelines

Important Dates

  • Submission of abstract : On or Before November 15 th 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of abstract : On or Before November 25th 2017
  • Full paper submission : On or Before December 31st 2017
  • Registration : On or Before December 31st 2017
  • Convention Dates: 7,8,9 February 2018
IEEE Paper template


  1. Solar Geometry using Heliodon– Prof. Norbert Lechner, Auburn University U S A
  2. Integrated Building Design Using Simulation Tools –P C Thomas, Director ,Team Catalyst ,Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney
  3. Post Occupancy Evaluation Using BOSSA Tool – Dr. Christhina Candido, University of Sydney

Site Visit/Cultural Programme

Site Visit to places of heritage value in Trivandrum on 10th February 2018 Sunday Cultural Programmes in the evening showcasing local traditions and culture


In the 21st century, Sustainability of cities will become a major challenge as 2/3rd of population resides in cities. It is well known that cities are major contributors to climate change due to carbon emissiondespite occupying 1% of land area. In developing countries livability issues further complicate the scenario. “Metagreen Dimensions” welcome discussions on Sustainability and Livability issues in cities especially of developing nations. Suggested areas of discussion include Outdoor environmental quality,Carbon Footprint, Waste Management, Active recreation, Urban floods etc.

Built Heritage embodies traditional and vernacular architectural practices of a region. Traditional architecture in general is thought to be a highly refined combination of building techniques and craft practices. Similarly Vernacular building methods are believed to be rooted in a deeper understanding of geography, climate and resource optimization. It is presumed that heritage buildings exemplify both the finer elements of Architecture such as aesthetics and performance indicators. The convention aims to revisit such presumptions

Aesthetics is a conditioned cultural construct. Indigenous structures are invariably considered as sustainable and experientially appealing at the same time. Can the current sustainable building frameworks of performance indicators integrate aesthetics into it? Papers are invited on the conjunctions and disjunctions in the overlay of the frameworks of sustainability and aesthetics. A few suggested areas are Tectonic Aesthetics, Materiality, Imageability, Design Process etc.

Integrating performance standards into building rules at various scales is imperative to enhance efficiency at building level. Aggregating these efficiency strategies are expected to bring about positive change eventually in the urban realm as well. The spectrum of urban realm ranges from the fundamentals of space efficiency to complex systems of resource and energy management. The deliberation aims to identify the missing links between current regulations, prevailing rating systems and real performance

The Culture of designing, in general, is reduced in some extent to a habitual pattern, where the designer follows the process as a ritual. The technology available to us today coupled with innovative thinking can help to redefine the design processes to better respond to the ever-changing demands of the market. A discussion on the multitude of possibilities offered by today's technology may effectively lead to efficiency and innovation, including collaborative practices

Registration fees

  Indian Nationals(INR) Foreign Nationals(USD)
Registration 1000 100
Site Visit 1000 100
  • 1250/day on twin sharing
  • 1000/day on twin sharing
  • 2500/day single room
  • 2000/day  single room
200/day single room
Early bird offer Registration
Register before October 31st to avail early bird offer. Authors will be entitled for a refund of registration fees if their paper gets accepted)
Delegates and Authors can register via website /email/Post .
Website: http://cat.edu.in/
Email: metagreen@collarc.com
Contact Person: Induja V, Assistant Professor, C.A.T – Coordinator Tel: 8281981494

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Induja V, Assistant Professor, C.A.T
+91 8281981494


Mulayara Post, Trivandrum Kerala - 695543