Krupa Rajangam, Heritage
Founder-Director (Lead: Research, Education)
As a scholar-practitioner Krupa works
interdisciplinarily through a humanities-based and
community-engaged approach. She holds a PhD in Conservation
Studies from NIAS-MAHE (2020). She commenced structured
(doctoral) research with the aim to understand the place of
Social or Community Value in the Heritage Conservation Process.
Based on ethnographic fieldwork at Hampi World Heritage Site,
her work evolved to deconstruct the heritage idea and everyday
site conservation-management processes in particular
socio-cultural and geographical contexts.
Her research interests overlap sociology,
anthropology, social archaeology, modern history, human
geography and urban studies to explicate the material practices
of heritage and conservation as social-political processes that
impinge on places and people, including not just resident
communities but also heritage practitioners. Her current focus,
based on UNESCO World Heritage sites, is tourism imaginaries,
rural-urban geographies and socio-cultural place identities.
Professional interest includes, adaptive re-use
of places, protected area regulations and social impact, and
Pedagogic interest includes, interdisciplinary, humanities-based
research methods and academic writing that bridges theory and
She completed her Master's degree in Heritage
Conservation from the University of York, UK in 2005 and her
Bachelor's degree in Architecture from RV School of
Architecture, Bengaluru in 1999.
She worked for two years at Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins
Architects, London, a renowned and reputed conservation firm in
the UK, before returning to India. Prior to this she gained
extensive experience in New Build primarily as Senior Architect
with Shibanee & Kamal Architects (Total Environment).
She has been Visiting Faculty at PESU, DSCE,
MSRIT and BMS Schools of Architecture, all based in Bengaluru.
Currently she is (Adjunct) Professor at DSCA and teaches an Open
Course at APU.
Research awards include the Zibby Garnett Traveling Fellowship
(2004) to make a comparative study of conservation principles in
the East and West with SPAFA, Bangkok; the Charles Wallace India
Trust Fully Funded Award (2010) to undertake independent
collaborative research on techniques to involve (rural)
communities in heritage conservation, with Dr Zeynep Aygen at
the University of Portsmouth, UK as a Visiting Scholar. More
recently has she held a NIAS Fellowship during the doctoral
study period and received an INTACH Research Grant to undertake
fieldwork at Hampi WHS.
She is registered with the Council of Architecture, India and
Life member of Association of British Scholars-Karnataka Chapter
and INTACH. Past memberships include English Heritage, ICOMOS-UK
and INTACH-UK. She is Editorial Board Member of the T & F
international peer-reviewed journal Conservation &
Management of Archaeological Sites.