About Us

About Us

ICOMOS India, is a membership based organization that provides a forum where individuals and representatives of institutions concerned with the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of cultural heritage sites and places can meet to exchange information and views on principles and practices in the field.

 

Membership is drawn from across the country, divided into six zones to ensure adequate regional representation. Regional members are represented on the Executive Committee by a Regional Representative. These 6 zones are constituted as follows:

ICOMOS India Zones

Executive Committee

ICOMOS India is steered at present by the following Executive Committee 2014-17.

Member-RohitJigyasu
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.

Gurmeet Rai
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.

Urvashi Srivastava
Urvashi Srivastava
Secretary
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).

Vanicka Arora
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.

 

Regional Representatives

Ananya Bhattacharya
Ananya Bhattacharya
East Zone

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.


Pankaj Modi
Pankaj Modi
South Zone
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.

Pankaj Modi
Prof. Ajay Khare
Central Zone
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.

Poonam Trambadia
Poonam Trambadia
West Zone
Poonam Trambadia started practice based in Ahmedabad since 2006. Working as consultants with organisations like Archaeological Survey of India, INTACH, World Monument Funds, Municipal Corporations of Ahmedabad, Rajkot and other NGOs and Private Heritage owners. Recently worked as European Union supported CHMV Lab in Ahmedabad and currently also working on research project for temple architecture of western India. She is teaching in Architecture since 2008, initially as Lecturer at Govt. Polytechnic and now as Associate Professor with Anant National University.

Shalini Dasgupta
Shalini Dasgupta
North Zone