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Bimal Balakrishnan, PhD

Bimal Balakrishnan

Associate Professor, Department Chair & Director of Graduate Studies
142A Stanley Hall
Phone: (573) 882-3169
Curriculum Vita (pdf)


PhD, Penn State University, 2008; MS, Penn State University, 2004; BA, University of Kerala, 1998.


Bimal Balakrishnan, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chairs the Department of Architectural Studies. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of design thinking, advanced visualization, human-computer interaction, and media psychology. They are focused on the use of digital tools to represent, visualize and simulate architectural design. He is also actively involved in technology development and implementation for 3-dimensional stereoscopic visualization, design collaboration and design presentation. At MU, he leads the Immersive Visualization Lab (iLab) where he works on a variety of design visualization and simulation projects involving virtual and augmented reality tools. His team’s work cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Recent and ongoing collaborative projects include transportation visualization, healthcare simulation and training, and immersive journalism. Agencies such as the Federal Highway Works Administration, Missouri Department of Transportation and the Army Research Lab have supported his research projects. His research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Architectural Computing and Human-Computer Interaction as well as proceedings of international computer-aided design conferences. Before joining MU, he earned an M.S. in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Penn State University with a graduate minor in applied statistics. He started his career in India as a licensed architect, having earned a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kerala. He has worked with leading design firms – Matharoo Associates in Ahmedabad and Environmental Creations in Trivandrum on multiple award-winning design projects.

Research Interests

Architectural Design Process; Design Computing and Cognition; Virtual Reality; Human-Computer Interaction.