Course Brief

"Kinetic Architecture — An integrated solution to the environmental problems induced by Architecture."

Kinetic architecture is a design concept in contemporary architecture, which explores the physical transformation of a building with the objective to redefine traditional applications of motion through technological innovation. This course discusses about this new trend of Kinetic architecture - An integrated approach, which uses the technologies of mechanics, electronics and robotics that provides an architect freedom from the traditional ties of structural balance i.e – the walls can move, the roofs can fold and the whole building can dance.

This self-paced course by Ar. G Sudha talks in depth about kinetic architecture - it's definition, history and the different systems used in architectural movements.

Course Overview

Key Highlights of the online course

  • Learn the fundamentals of Kinetic Architecture.

  • Analyse different examples to understand the transformation Kinetic Architecture promises.

  • Explore the fundamental elements of Kinetic Architecture that affect the design process.

  • Get to know about the different opportunities present to apply the knowledge on field.

Course Benefit

  • Set your own pace and start learning any time, from anywhere in the world.

  • Earn a Certificate upon completion

  • Course Videos, Readings and Graded Assignments with feedback

Who should take this course?

This course has been designed in such a way that anyone can join and learn

  • Students of Architecture (from 5th semester onwards)

  • Students from other related discipline – Civil, Electronics (Robotics, AI etc)

  • People with multidisciplinary inclination

  • Any professional working in the building industry

Special Discount for NASA Students

Are you a NASA member? Then you have a chance to avail a discount of 30% on our self paced courses, using the code given on NASA's social media handle.

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Course Outcome

Join this Course and get answers to the following questions

  • How far could kinetic architecture introduce non-traditional real solutions to architecture induced environmental problems?

  • What are the technicalities involved in designing a kinetic structure?

  • How could they help in developing the interaction between the building and its context?

Course Curriculum

The entire course is divided into 10 modules. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures of 7-15 minutes. Modules consist of assignments, MCQs, additional resources and interactive material that will enrich the student’s learning experience. 

  • Module 1: Introduction to kinetic architecture
  • Module 2: Movement in architecture
  • Module 3: Kinetic systems in architecture
  • Module 4: Movable floors
  • Module 5: Kinetic roofs
  • Module 6: Kinetic facades
  • Module 7: Kinetic façade as surface ornamentation 
  • Module 8: Kinetic façade as resource generators
  • Module 9: Geometry in kinetics
  • Module 10: Adaptive systems & materials

Course Mentor

Ar. G Sudha

M.Arch (Sustainable Architecture, IGBC AP & GRIHA CP

With over 20 years of experience in various multinational and corporate organisations, Ar. G Sudha has been involved in many project's feasibility, conceptual design, design development, ensuring design intent at the site and various other portfolios of various large scale residential and commercial projects.

Having completed her specialisation in Sustainable Architecture, she has expertise in various environmental analysis software and possesses vast research experience on Climate responsiveness. She has presented her findings in international conferences and is in the process of get published by various journals.

She has taught the students of Architecture at SRM University varied subjects such as Biomimicry, Kinetic Architecture, Green Building Rating systems, Architectural Design Studio etc. and guides them in inculcating these in Architectural Design Studio through her innovative design pedagogy. She keeps a tab on the recent trends in architecture and is currently pursuing her interest in Kinetic Architecture which is a multi-disciplinary tool to achieve sustainability.


  • What are the basic prerequisites to undertake this course?

    You need to know the basic components of a building and the ability to read architectural drawings to undertake this course.

  • Is any software knowledge required?

    Not necessary. Knowledge of AutoCad is desirable.

  • Will this course aid in applying kinetic concepts in Architectural Design Studio?

    Yes definitely. You would be able to conceptually design kinetic building elements say a façade using the geometry and origami that you would be taught in this course.

  • Can this topic be taken up further for Architectural Thesis?

    Yes. There is always a chance to expand your knowledge in areas of study or research. You could further explore on designing and making a working model of a kinetic building element with the help of software, coding, sensors etc

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