Faculty: Mrudula Mane | Ashna Patel

TA: Juhi Bafna

Architectural Conservation

Historic buildings, structures and architectural remains are important and irreplaceable material evidence of the past deserving all suitable efforts for their preservation. The Architectural Conservation studio aims to impart an understanding of historical, design and technical aspects of built heritage conservation. The studio will engage with real sites allowing students to comprehend the complex issues in historic building conservation and take well considered decisions. The studio exercise will entail thorough investigation of a chosen historic building or structure through research, documentation, analysis and condition assessment followed by exploration of possible conservation approaches, critical evaluation and decision making for design. The process will enable students to develop a well-informed conservation proposal integrating architectural design and structural interventions. In addition to regular studio sessions, the course will involve input sessions by invited experts and professionals from the field in order to enhance the students' understanding on selected topics pertaining to the process of architectural conservation.

Studio Unit

Site documentation drawings by Jahanvi Sinha and Aastha Desai for the Tomb of Nizamuddin and Saifuddin, Mahemdabad (top); Condition Mapping of the ceiling with the help of a photogrammetric model by Pragya Nagar for Mohd. Quli Khan’s tomb, Delhi (bottom left); Load transfer diagram showing critical stresses in the domes and arches by Aastha Desai in the Tomb of Nizamuddin and Saifuddin, Mahemdabad (bottom right)

Condition mapping on south elevation and cross section by Bhanumathi V. V. of the Madras Literary Society, Chennai (top); Condition assessment and approach to conservation for the design proposal by Anagha L for the North-east end GTS observatory (centre); Preventive conservation measures by Sneha Anand for the North-east end GTS observatory (bottom)

Design intervention emerging out of a detailed building analysis and understanding of the structural system by Amriteshwari Arun of the Balakrishnalalji mandir, Calicut

Comprehensive design proposal for the Ruins of Jain Basti, Goa by Sacheen Pai Raikar

Proposed heritage trail along the site along with design intervention for site interpretation by Aastha Desai at the Tomb of Nizamuddin and Saifuddin