When it comes to built heritage, India ranks high. We have been scaling marvellous heights in architecture since ages and gladly conservation architects are taking the task of preserving our heritage buildings very seriously. The milestones the conservation architects are achieving world over are just mesmerizing. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) remains keen to explore diverse & significant subjects in the field of architecture & design and to explore the subject of Architectural Conservation, the team engaged with intriguing discussions with 3 leading conservation architects of the country. We will be soon covering other prominent conservation architects, so keep following ##SurfacesReporterDotCom.
With the restoration of projects like Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad and Oval Maidan in Mumbai, Rahul Mehrotra has taken up a large number of conservation projects in cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. Describing the restoration work of a house built in 1835, he shares, "Built in the 1840s, this house in the Ahmedabad Cantonment represents an early example of bungalow architecture in India comprising of load-bearing brick and lime plastered walls with wooden rafters and a tin roof the replastering and strengthening of the structure was carried out using traditional materials such as lime plaster, black cement for the floor, and recycled wood.
With 16 UNESCO awards to his credit, Vikas Dilawari is a prominent name in the field of conservation architecture in India. He has the restoration and beautification of buildings such as Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Flora Fountain in Mumbai under his name. He has also done the restoration of Esplanade House, the home for Late shri Jamshedji Tata which also won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award (Honorary Mention) for Cultural Heritage Restoration 2014.
Working in the industry for the last 25 years, Abha has preserved and restored many heritage sites and won 9 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for conservation projects including the Award of Excellence for the 15th Century Maitreya Buddha Temple at Basgo, Ladakh among others. She is one of the pioneers of the conservation architecture field who has been vocally talking about our ignorance towards saving our heritage.
The field of Architectural Conservation is gaining popularity among the young generation of architects. More and more students are getting attracted and opting for this stream of architecture. Though courses are getting introduced, a lot still remains to be understood. Experience is the best teacher and interactions with leading conservation architects and understanding their perspective can greatly help the younger lot to gain a solid understanding of the subject of protecting & restoring our heritage and learn how to move ahead in this field.
We are keen to learn more and thus are continuing our interactions with other leading conservation architects of the country. Keep following #SurfacesReporterDotCom for more insights!
SR acknowledges and highly appreciates the contribution to the article by 3 eminent conservation architects of India - Ar Vikas Dilawari, Ar Rahul Mehrotra, Ar Abha Narain Lambah.
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