HERITAGE Asia – Pacific (heritAP)

A Network of Heritage Practitioners supported by WHITRAP Shanghai

Country: India

M. Arch in Conservations, 1996; B. Arch, 1993


Abha Narain Lambah Associates


Principal Architect / Proprietor

Professional/Research Area(s):

Architectural Conservation UNESCO WHS Nomination Dossiers Victorian & Colonial Heritage; Islamic Sultanate Architecture; Indian Architecture; Gothic, Art Deco, Modern Heritage, 19th and 20th Century Heritage Buddhist heritage; Industrial Heritage; Stone Buildings; Mud Architecture

Short Resume:

Abha Narain Lambah

Abha's architectural practice focuses on conservation and museum projects across India and includes the restoration of 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi, mosques, palaces, forts and caravan sarais in Rajasthan and Punjab, management plans for ancient Buddhist World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Bodh Gaya, urban and regional conservation in Kancheepuram and Shekhawati and conservation of colonial heritage across Delhi, Nainital, Pune and Mumbai. Her practice has won 9 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Conservation.

Abha has been an advocate for citizen participation in conservation and in the past 25 years has done pioneering work on citizen funded projects in Hampi, Ladakh and Mumbai and has prepared the successful nomination inscribing Mumbai's Art Deco & Victorian ensemble as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She has spearheaded the restoration of 19th century Victorian landmarks such as Mumbai University's Convocation Hall, Elphinstone College, Sir JJ School of Art, Tata Palace (Deutche Bank), Municipal Head Office, Asiatic Library, High Court, Old Secretariat and Crawford Market. She has advised on museum design for Indian Museum Kolkata and Rashtapati Bhavan Museum Delhi, Prince of Wales and Mani Bhavan Mumbai, Bharatpur and Bangalore State Museums, Chowmahalla Palace Hyderbad, Swaraj Bhavan and Anand Bhavan Allahabad and is currently working on the Nehru Memorial Library & Museum, Balasaheb Thackeray National Memorial and the Lal Bagh Palace Museum in Indore for World Monuments Fund.

Abha is a consultant to Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation where she rediscovered and restored lost step wells in the heart of Jaipur walled city through an underground metro project and created the first night tourism project through the revival and illumination of Jaipur's historic bazaars. She has served on the heritage committees of both Delhi and Mumbai.