AARDE Foundation

Art & Architecture Research Development & Education Foundation

About Us

AARDE (Art & Architecture Research, Development Education) Foundation is a not-for-profit architecture and design service organisation committed to providing life enhancing services to build a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable future. The Foundation was established with a team of eminent professionals as Trustees and registered as the Trust under Indian Trust Acts 1882AD at Sub-Registrar Office, Saidapet, Chennai, India. Since 2009 AARDE Foundation is actively involved in its mission to enhance values through architecture and design services. The foundation works on two platforms:

1) RURAL: AARDE is actively involved in promotion and conservation of Pulicat Lagoon, which is considered to be second largest brackish water lagoon in South Asia measuring located  at 55th km on the north of Chennai. 

2) URBAN: AARDE is determined to work towards promoting dialogue architecture fraternity and public. It is involved in conducting workshops, architecture-film festivals, and lectures. 



  • Betterment of underprivileged by creating employment opportunities through training and workshops
  • Identification and development of tourist generative potentials through promoting India’s ancient art forms, craft and cultural activities
  • Initiations of forum for discussion on urban planning, architectural and environmental issues affecting our cities, people, and the environment
  • Promote health care and welfare activities to the needy by secular and democratic value systems of universal character
  • Promote research based activities in pure and applied sciences and indigenous technology
  • Promote and support creativity and exploration of fine arts, applied arts, performing arts, literature and humanities
  • Empowerment through education at various levels and categories as well as by re-training youth in vocational activities like making furniture, utility articles and toys from bamboo
  • Undertake activities in the areas of environment management, town planning and heritage conservation.
  • To promote tourism and cultural heritage by renovation and restoration of heritage buildings and environment
  • Identify heritage buildings including places of worship anywhere in India and prevent their decay/demolition for commercial purposes by rallying public support and getting the public involved in the restoration process through donations and other help.
  • To collaborate, co-ordinate with any institutions or agencies
  • To carry out all the above activities without any prejudice of caste, creed, sex, and community etc.

Associate Partner

Coordinated by United Nation (UN) Habitat

Trust Registration Number:
(Saidapet Sub-Register Office, Chennai)

Registered in NGO Partnership-System (Government of India)

FCRA Registered; Exempted from Tax under 80G & 12AA Section of Income Tax Act of India

Founder Trustee:
Prof. Xavier Benedict
M.Arch; MBA (Lums UK); [PhD]
Alumnus of Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Alumnus of Tsukuba University, Japan
BNHS Life Membe
Registered Architect

Field Officers:
Sophia A
Kavitha I
Fathima A
Aaisha M