School of Planning and Architecture

School of Planning and Architecture

Infobox University
name = School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

established = 1959
type = Deemed to be a University
Director = Ranjit mitra
Dean of Studies= A.K.Sharma
Registrar = D.R. Bains
Address = 4, Block B, Indraprastha Estate
city = New Delhi
country = India
website = [ Official website]

School of Planning and Architecture vis. SPA, Delhi is a National Resource Institute of India. It is a specialized university imparting education and research in the field of Planning and Architecture. The school is well recognized among domestic and international fraternity for its quality education and alumunus.


School of Planning and Architecture had a modest beginning in 1941 as the Department of Architecture of Delhi Polytechnic. It was later affiliated to the University of Delhi and then integrated with the School of Town and Country Planning which was established in 1955 by the Government of India to provide facilities for training in Rural, Urban and Regional Planning.The School was subsequently renamed as School of Planning and Architecture, and was affiliated to the University of Delhi in 1959. Recognizing the specialized nature of the fields in which the School had attained its eminence, the Government of India, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, conferred on the School of Planning and Architecture the status of 'Deemed to be University'. This new status enabled the School to broaden its horizon by introducing new academic extension programmes, promote research and award its own undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral degrees. The location of the School in New Delhi, the national capital, offers opportunities for participation in the city's rich cultural life and for interaction with various national as well as international institutions, attracting students from all over India and from other developing countries.


The current campus is housed near ITO in Indraprastha Estate in New Delhi. The SPA residential Campus is located in New Friends Colony. A site of 20 acres has recently been acquired south of JNU for developing a new campus.


The two libraries of SPA together house an invaluable collection of 66,000 books, built up over a period of five decades. This library is reputed to be Asia's finest specialised library dealing with the architecture, design and planning fields along with their allied disciplines. In addition to SPA's own faculty and students, the library is used intensively by a range of visiting research scholars from various cities in India and abroad.

The architecture campus and planning campus libraries are also noted for their collection of Thesis Reports, Seminar Reports, Dissertation Reports, Technical Reports of various expert bodies and commissions, Census Reports, and so on.

Autodesk: Centre of Excellence

The Autodesk: Centre of Excellence in the Architecture Building is equipped with 50 high end graphics workstations.


Extracurricular activities are an integral component of the SPA life. Spandan, Sankalp, Spakriti are few dramatics, music and photographic clubs respectively which are run by the student successfully every year. Utopia and Expressions are part of the cultural activities organised by the students every year. The students also get actively involved in the activities of Spic Macay and Feat. Sports and games have a significant place in the SPA campus life with pooltable, badminton courts and other sports facilities. The courtyard in the MB hostel plays host to miniature versions of football(fuzzball) and cricket.


The School is a specialized university, only one of its kind, which exclusively provides training and education at various levels in planning, design and management of different aspects of human habitat and environment. The School has taken lead in introducing several academic programmes in various inter-related specialized fields at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels, some of which are not available elsewhere in India.

Undergraduate level

*Bachelor of Planning(4 years)
*Bachelor of Architecture(5 years)

Postgraduate level

Master's Programme in Architecture with specialization in
* Architectural conservation
* Industrial Design
* Urban Design

Master's Programme in Planning with specialization in
* Environmental Planning
* Housing
* Transport Planning
* Regional Planning
* Urban Planning
* Master's Programme in Building Engineering and Management
* Master's Programme in Landscape Architecture

The school also offers doctoral level programmes leading towards a Ph.D Degree.


*Noted Writer and Activist Arundhati Roy is an SPA graduate
*The movie In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, 1989 is based on and filmed in SPA. The First Movie of Shahrukh Khan in which Shahrukh Khan acted in a small role as an Ex Senior Student. For the movie contact Shri Shanti Swaroop(email


* [ SPA Talli] - Alumni Bulletin Board
* [ Archinomy] - Architecture guide by SPA students.
* [ Nosplan] - NOSPLAN(National Organisation of Students of Planning)unit website.
* [ SPA Delhi] - Official Website
* [ Alumni] - Official alumini web page
* [] - School Prospectus 2007

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