ICOMOS India Executive Committee (2014-2016)

ICOMOS India is steered at present by the following Executive Committee 2014-16

Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
President

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair holder Professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is the elected President of ICOMOS-India since 2014 and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) since 2010.

Rohit is also currently serving as the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS.Rohit has been engaged with consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He has also been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad.

Ms. Gurmeet Rai
Ms. Gurmeet Rai
Vice- President

Gurmeet S. Rai is a conservation architect based in New Delhi, India heading Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI), her conservation consultancy firm. Her vast experience in conservation and heritage management has been recognized globally like by the World Monuments Fund in New York who appointed her as the project management consultant for scoping and coordinating conservation of 43 protected monuments in Madhya Pradesh. She is currently engaged in several conservation projects across the country involving the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Tourism-Government of India, State Governments, private foundations, institutions, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO and others. The works of CRCI have received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations including UNESCO and Government of Punjab. Recognizing significant contribution in the field of heritage conservation Gurmeet has been on the jury of the Asia Pacific Architectural Heritage Awards of UNESCO for several years. She is currently the Vice President of India ICOMOS and a voting member from India on the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Tourism of ICOMOS International.

Ms. Moulshri Joshi
Ms. Moulshri Joshi
Secretary

Moulshri Joshi is trained as an architect and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. She represents TICCIH : The International Committee for Conservation of Industrial Heritage in India and is a core member of mAAN : modern Asian Architecture Network.
Moulshri’s professional & academic works reflect her strong base in environmental, social and political concerns of urbanism. Since 2005, she has been involved in the remediation and revitalization of the site of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. She has lectured extensively on the potential and problematic notion of industrial heritage in India. She is the Associate Editor of the book ‘Bhopal2011 – Landscapes of Memory’. Her current work ‘The Tenth Delhi’ looks at contemporary urban development in Delhi and the complex lexicon of typologies within which the city operates. This collaborative, inter- disciplinary works seeks to establish new ways of seeing the city through concepts established from empirical work in ‘informal’ neighbourhoods. Moulshri is also a founding partner of the award-winning design practice Space Matters.

Ms. Vanicka Arora
Ms. Vanicka Arora
Treasurer

Vanicka Arora is based in Gurgaon and has completed her MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath, UK in 2009. She has since worked on several conservation management plans, urban revitalization strategies and museum planning projects for sites in Punjab and Rajasthan as an associate conservation architect with Development and Research Organisation for Nature, Arts and Heritage (DRONAH). She is currently the assistant editor for ‘Context-Built, Living and Natural’, published annually by DRONAH. As an assistant professor at Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University she explores context driven design approaches with her students. She is also adjunct faculty at Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University. Vanicka has also published several papers in refereed journals and has co-authored a Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas with Rohit Jigyasu, published by the Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Ms. Urvashi Srivastava
Ms. Urvashi Srivastava
North zone Regional Representative

Urvashi Srivastava is an architect and heritage conservation expert with a master’s degree in Architectural Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has worked extensively in historic cities and towns of Rajasthan for more than 15 years. Her latest work focuses on conservation and protection of cultural heritage of Shekhawati region and Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. She has authored the book On the Merchants Trail in Shekhawati (Rajasthan) in association with UNESCO, the most detailed work on the region’s heritage. She has also authored another book titled Bharatpur: Built Heritage Resource Mapping which is the only comprehensive document on the heritage of the historic city of Bharatpur. She also curated an exhibition on Bharatpur titledBharatpur: Unsung Ingenuity, Valour and Splendour showcased at IGNCA, New Delhi, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur and Hindi Sahitya Academy in Bharartpur. She carries forward her passion for conservation work at the grassroots level through the not-for- profit organization Centre for Advancement of Traditional Building Technology and Skills (CATTS).

Ms. Ananya Bhatacharya
Ms. Ananya Bhatacharya
East zone Regional Representative

Ananya Bhattacharya is a social entrepreneur specialising in culture and development. Ananya is the Director and Vice President, Projects, at banaglanatak dot com. Ananya is an electrical engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata (1989) and a Commonwealth Scholar with Masters in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, UK. Ananya’s organisation works for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for fostering inclusive and sustainable development.

Mr. Pankaj Modi
Mr. Pankaj Modi
South zone Regional Representative

Pankaj Modi is a conservation architect working as Technical Lead at Saythu and at Center for Heritage Initiatives with Dayananda Sagar College of Architecture. Has completed Masters in Conservation from SPA Delhi in the year 2000 and subsequently done a course from Norway on Conservaion of Wood. Have more than 16 years of professional experience, working with various organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, State Department of Archaeology, INTACH and others. Had won the ‘Best Critics Award’ for their project on Restoration of Brig Hill Annexe in Bangalore Club. Have published a monograph on ‘ Domes and Vaults in South India’, as a research assitatnt to Prof KS Jagadish.

Mr. Ajay Khare
Mr. Ajay Khare
Central zone Regional Representative

Professor (Dr.) Ajay Khare, Founder-Director of School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, now Dean, Academic Affairs, is a well-known scholar in the field of Architecture and remained a Fulbright Fellow at the United States of America and Charles Wallace Fellow at United Kingdom. He was the first Indian recipient of Berkeley Teaching Fellowship. He is author of a widely acclaimed book ‘Temple Architecture of Eastern India’ published in 2005. He edits an international journal called ‘SPANDREL’ as Chief Editor published by SPA Press. A keen researcher, Ajay is currently involved in AHRC-UK funded project,- ‘Mapping the Layers of History in Ajmer-Pushkar’, with Cardiff University, Wales and DRONAH. Professor Ajay Khare serves on many National committees and Missions including member of Planning commission working group on Technical education for twelfth plan of India.

Mr. Sourabh D. Marathe
Mr. Sourabh D. Marathe
West zone Regional Representative

Sourabh D. Marathe is a conservation architect by profession and is associated with Sinhgad Technical Education Society SKN college of Architecture as Assistant Professor. He also has his individual practice in Pune . He has completed his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architecture (Architectural Conservation) from the University of Pune and is in the profession for last 5 years. He has also been active with colleges of Architecture in India and has headed the National Association of Students of Architecture.