The Mohamed Sathak Charitable Educational Trust was established in the year 1973, by the descendants of the Late Mohamed Sathak Thamby of Kilakarai. The Aim of the Trust is to promote Technical education and train the students to cope with the technical needs of the day. The trust is a promoter of a number of educational institutions at Kilakarai and Chennai.


Vission & Mission


Mohamed Sathak A.J. Academy of Architecture is one of the 18 institutions under the Mohamed Sathak Trust and was established in the year 2010. Alhaj. Janab. S. M. Mohammed Yousuf, Chairman, of Mohamed Sathak Trust, believes, “We cannot always build the future for the students, but we can build the students for the future”. Under this umbrella, MSAJAA strives to create an environment from which students emerge equipped to face the challenges of the New Normal and be advocates of change.

MSAJAA is a stand-alone architecture institution nestled in the intellectual corridor of Chennai, the OMR. The campus is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. It opens up many opportunities to creatively empower students in designing built environments that are cleaner, greener, and sustainable.

MSAJAA has well-qualified faculty with specialization in Urban Design, Environmental Planning, Architectural Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Real Estate Development, Structural Design, and Interior design. MSAJAA faculty are affiliated with several professional institutions and are certified LEED, IGBC, WELL, and GRIHA accredited professionals. Their strengths lie in the area of advanced digital software and technology.

MSAJAA offers a 5-year B.Arch. and a 2-year M.Arch. (Conservation) degree programs, affiliated with Anna University, Chennai, and approved by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi.


Under the headship of Prof. Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu, former Dean, of the School of Architecture and Planning & former Registrar of Anna University, Chennai as the Director and Prof. H. Mohammed Idris as the Principal.

Providing learning through collaborative design studios with top institutions of the country - urban design studio with the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; rural studio with Hunnarshala foundation, Bhuj, Gujarat through ACEDGE, ethos; building workshops with Auroville and Thannal; Heritage programs with INTACH, N Delhi.

Producing industry-ready architects and bridging the gap between academics and industry through interactive sessions with top architects & domain experts, national and international.

Connecting students and faculty with international partners through MoUs resulting in workshops, lectures, and exchange programs. MoUs with Taylor's University, Malaysia, and University of Tours, Tours, France are on the anvil.

Promoting student-centric experiential learning practices through frequent case study programs, site visits, travel, workshops, seminars, think tanks, crits, and panels. Challenging the students to participate in live and real-scale competition projects to enhance their competence and skills.

Developing the skills of the faculty through frequent quality improvement and faculty development programs.

Awakening community consciousness through NSS and ISR.

Promoting overall student development through various student clubs to nurture the co-curricular and extra-curricular talents of the students.

Providing student internships, career guidance, placements, and entrepreneurship mentoring for the students.