School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

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School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
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Type Public
Established 1941 (1941)
Director N. Sridharan[1]
Students 1,189
Undergraduates 717
Postgraduates 428
Location New Delhi, India
Affiliations National Association of Students of Architecture, NOSPlan
Planning block of School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi (SPA Delhi) is a higher education institute located in New Delhi, India specializing in education and research in the field of Planning and Architecture. It forms a part of the league along with the other two SPAs in India: the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal and the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada.


The School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi was started in 1941 as the Department of Architecture of the Delhi College of Engineering now the Delhi Technological University (DTU). In 1959 it was merged with the School of Town and Country Planning (established 1955), renamed to its current name and affiliated to the University of Delhi.[2] In 1979 the institute was granted Deemed University status.[3] In 2008, Government of India established two more SPAs, namely SPA Bhopal and SPA Vijaywada. In 2014, Lok Sabha passed a bill to make all the three SPAs "centre of excellence" on the pattern of IITs and IIMs.[4] now it is a college of national importance.


The current SPA Delhi campus is split in two blocks one each for Planning and Architecture. Both these blocks are housed near ITO in Indraprastha Estate in New Delhi. The girls hostel is located in the ITO campus itself and the boys hostel and residential campus is located in New Friends Colony, Maharani Bagh, Delhi.

As of July 2013 the final plans for the new campus in Vasant Kunj has been finalised.[needs update]


The school offers planning, architecture and design courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While the Bachelor of Architecture course is one of the oldest in the country, highly successful Bachelor of Planning course was started in 1989. Besides, the school offers 10 postgraduate programmes and two undergraduate programmes along with the doctoral programmes run by all the departments of studies. Total strength of the students in session 2015-2016 was 1,189 of which 717 were undergraduate students and 428 were post graduates. Presently 44 students are pursuing Ph.D. programme in the School.[5]

Undergraduate degree programmes

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Planning

Postgraduate degree programmes

  • Master of Architectural Conservation
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Design (Industrial Design)
  • Master of Planning with specialization in
    • Environmental Planning
    • Housing
    • Regional Planning
    • Transport Planning
    • Urban Planning
  • Master of Building Engineering and Management
  • Master of Landscape Architecture

Doctoral programmes

Each department of studies has a Departmental Research Committee and Head of the Department of Studies is its chairperson. Academic policy is decentralized to the extent that each department of studies has the Board of Studies, which makes proposals on department related academic matters. Chairperson of the Board of Studies is Head of the Department of Studies. Dean of Studies is the member on all Boards of Studies.[6]

Student halls of residence[edit]

There are two hostels for students. The planning block of the institution offers residence to girls. The hostel complex in Taimoor Nagar is designed for both boys and girls.

Notable alumni[edit]

In popular culture[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°37′50″N 77°14′44″E / 28.63056°N 77.24556°E / 28.63056; 77.24556