Krupa Rajangam, Conservation Architect

Founder / Director (Lead-Community Initiatives & Research)

Krupa is currently pursuing a PhD (2014 on-wards) in Heritage Conservation Studies at NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies) through a Fellowship grant. She commenced formal doctoral research with the aim to understand the place of Social or Community Value in the Heritage Conservation Process. Based on ethnographic fieldwork at Hampi World Heritage Site, her work has since evolved towards deconstructing the heritage idea in particular geographical and cultural contexts.

She completed her Master's degree in Heritage Conservation from the internationally reputed University of York, UK in 2005 and her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from RV School of Architecture, Bengaluru in 1999.

She worked for two years at Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins Architects, London, a renowned and reputed conservation firm in the UK, before returning to India. Prior to this she gained extensive experience in New Build primarily as Senior Architect with Shibanee & Kamal Architects (Total Environment).

Krupa has a particular interest in Adaptive Re-Use of Places with research interest in the role of Communities in Conservation.

She is Visiting Faculty at PESU, DSCE, MSRIT and BMS Schools of Architecture, all based in Bengaluru and handles the undergraduate conservation elective and design studios.

Research awards include the Zibby Garnett Traveling Fellowship to make a comparative study of conservation principles in the East and West with SPAFA, Bangkok and more recently the Charles Wallace India Trust Fully Funded Award (2010) to undertake independent collaborative research on techniques to involve (rural) communities in heritage conservation, with Dr Zeynep Aygen at the University of Portsmouth, UK as a Visiting Scholar.

She is registered with the Council of Architecture, India and Life member of Association of British Scholars-Karnataka Chapter and INTACH. Past memberships include English Heritage, ICOMOS-UK and INTACH-UK.



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