HERITAGE Asia – Pacific (heritAP)

A Network of Heritage Practitioners supported by WHITRAP Shanghai

Dr. Jigna DESAI
Country: India

Sustainability and Conservation


CEPT University


Associate Professor and Program Chair for Masters in Conservation and Regeneration, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University
Executive Director, CEPT Research and Development Foundation

Professional/Research Area(s):

Historic Urban Landscapes, Sustainability and Conservation

Short Resume:

Dr. Jigna Desai is an Associate Professor and Program Chair for Masters in Conservation and Regeneration at the Faculty of Architecture and Executive Director of Center for Heritage Conservation, CEPT Research and Development Foundation. Presently, her area of study is to arrive at frameworks, tools and methods, through which theoretical ideas of sustainability and conservation of living historic environments can be translated into practice while addressing the challenges of (co)production of space and commodification of heritage. This area of interest was triggered through her involvement with preparing the World Heritage Dossier for the Historic City of Ahmedabad where she has closely observed the transformations within the historic city. She has worked extensively on architecture projects and conservation research and advisory in different parts of India, carried out advocacy for community-based conservation in partnership with national and international institutions and government organisations. She is an Expert member of the International Scientific Committee for Historic Towns and Villages, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). She brings her experience in working with traditional urban environments and framing how traditional architecture and urban environments may be understood, studied and transformed.