RIP: A K Jayachandran, architect of Technopark, Trivandrum

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Trivandrum: A renowned architect of Kerala, A K Jayachandran (Akkamadathil Kinnathi Jayachandran), whose pioneering works included India’s first and greenest IT park and which is today the new global destination in IT Companies – Technopark, Trivandrum, passed away today in Thiruvananthapuram at the age of 75. His other major works are South India’s first Water Theme Park – Kishkinta in Chennai and Kerala’s first major high rise residential apartments in Trivandrum for SI Properties.

Born on 17 December, 1938 in Tellicherry, A K Jayachandran got his Degree in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum in 1961. He started his career as Architect in PWD department. After a few years, he left Government service as the Chief Architect of Kerala State Film Development Corporation and Handicrafts Board to start his own architectural firm – Jayachandran, Muralee & Associates. He has been practicing as an architect for more than 45 years. He was also an avid speaker and a visiting faculty at CET.

Jayachandran had the unique ability to bring a holistic approach to the design that emanated from a universal interconnectedness while responding to each site, client, community, and culture. With great lucidity he provided simple yet practical solutions to design problems fostering a distinct character in his projects. His architecture showed deep respect for the traditions of the region and for nature by celebrating light, cross ventilation and landscape within the spaces. The trademarks of his design focused on efficient use of space and material, connection with nature, optimizing functional space, and aesthetics with a conscientious to budget. His works in the field of community living has transformed the urban landscape of Kerala.

Jayachandran had been the principal architect for over 4,000 apartment units, 3.2 million sq. ft of Information Technology space, 4.5 million sq. ft of Industrial space and 1.5 million sq. ft of Commercial and Retail spaces spread across various cities in South India.

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