Sai Rama Raju Marella

Consultant - Academics & Research | sairamam at iihs dot ac dot in

2014    MPlan, Housing, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
2010   BArch, JNA & FA University, Hyderabad



Countries: India
States: Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
Cities: Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Hyderabad
Languages: English, Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati

SaiRam is an architect and urban planner. He earned his Master’s degree from CEPT University specialising in housing. He has considerable professional experience in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban planning and real estate. Prior to IIHS, SaiRam worked with Aarusha Home Pvt.Ltd on rental housing with a focus on students and single employee segment. Here, he piloted a project for blue collared low income industrial workers. He has also worked with Urban Development and Urban Housing Department of Gujarat under Affordable Housing Mission as a Town Planning Specialist. He worked as a state coordinator for Slum Free City Plan of Action and assisted Urban Local Bodies in in-situ development of slums and was also involved in state policies and programmes related to Housing and Slum Development in Gujarat. SaiRam has also worked with the Centre for Research Development Consultancy (CRDC-CEPT University) on urban design projects including on the new campus for the Sardar Patel Institute for Public Administration (SPIPA) in Ahmedabad. He has also worked on the planning and design aspects and Kolawada Lake Front Development master planning and design aspects.


At IIHS, SaiRam is part of the Academics and Research team. His work is specially focussed on rental housing, Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs), affordable housing and sustainable housing. His current research is on promoting Residential REITs to enhance the supply of rental housing in India, analyse and study the tenancy law in India and their impact on rental market, and assessing and prioritising the policies for sustainable housing in India.

Journal Article 

  • Marella, S. R., Priya, K. & D’Souza, P. V. (2022) COVID-19 and precarious Housing: Paying guest accommodation in a metropolitan Indian city. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs, 12(2), 348–370.
  • Marella, S. R., Krishna, P., & D’Souza, P. V. (2022). COVID-19 and precarious housing: Paying guest accommodation in a metropolitan Indian city. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs. 12(2).


Other Writing

  • Abhinav, M., & Marella, S. R.  (2020, October 9). Groundwater recharge needs grassroots solutions: A study of two techniques in Kerala. India Water Portal.
  • Harish, S., Marella, S. R., Priya, K., & D’Souza, P. V. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 on paying guest accommodations in India. United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights.
  • Marella, S. M., (2020, August 09). With barely any occupants, lockdown has hit Bengaluru’s PG housing operators. The News Minute.
  • Marella, S. R. (2023, March 29 – 31). Unaided low income shared rental housing: A case of formal rental housing market in Bangalore. Paper presented at the Housing studies association (HSA) annual conference: Futures of housing justice, United Kingdom.
  • Participated in the workshop on Energy, Culture & Society in the Global South organised by Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 31 May-01 June 2019.