12.00 – 13.00 pm, Zoom Webinar


Dilemmas of Translating Theories into Practice: An Indian Perspective

This masterclass is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and the Institute for Historic Buildings Conservation – IHBC Scotland Branch.

Urban heritage conservation in India started out as a separate discipline, distinct from monument conservation in the late 1990s. The idea and nuances of working in the complex Indian city, juxtaposed with its dynamics and intertwined realities, make it almost impossible to apply European conservation ideas on the Indian landscape directly. Having been trained in the UK, my experience has been that of learning, unlearning, adapting and innovating theories and practices to suit the Indian context. This lecture shall draw from real life projects as case studies and highlight the dilemmas faced by the Conservation Professional working in the Indian landscape. It will put forth my personal learning, perspective and open the discussion on what are the bottlenecks that can help enrich the pedagogical processes further.


Aishwarya Tipnis is an architect, educator and heritage conservation based in New Delhi India. She set up her eponymous practice  Aishwarya Tipnis Architects (ATA) in New Delhi, India in 2007. An alumna of the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi, she has Master’s Degree in European Urban Conservation with distinction from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2007. She is the recipient of the highest civilian honor in the culture sector, the insignia of Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettre (Knight of the Arts and Letters), by the Government of France in 2018 for her outstanding commitment to preservation of French Heritage in India. She is also the recipient of the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region (Award of Merit: Mahidpur Fort & Honorable Mention for Doon School, Dehradun) in 2016. A participant of the first edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, she is also the recipient of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship 2011 as well as Scottish International Scholarship 2006. She has served as a consultant to UNESCO, Asian Development Bank, World Monuments Fund New York as well as Vielles Maison Francaise, Paris,

Embassy of France in India, Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands in India. She is also a visiting faculty to Department of Urban Design at the School of Planning & Architecture New Delhi and the author of Vernacular Traditions: Contemporary Architecture published 2012 and Engagements in the Courtyard Restoring a Haveli in Old Delhi 2020. In 2019, she co-founded Jugaadopolis a social innovation enterprise to work with youth in making the rich tangible and intangible heritage of India relevant in the contemporary context.


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