PhD/ MPhil Projects

Janhwij Sharma

Presently working as Director (Programme) in the Architectural Heritage Division, INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), Janhwij obtained his degree in architecture from Amritsar in 1991 followed by MA in conservation Studies from The University of York, UK in 1997. His current position in INTACH makes him travel extensively all over India in connection with documentation and conservation works. Currently he is working on projects in Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Ladakh. Janhwij is restoring a thousand year old monastery in Ladakh, a project funded by the Department of culture, Government of India. Besides, he has conducted several workshops with architects and engineers for matters related to conservation of historical buildings. His principal contribution has been towards the region of the Indian Western Himalayas where he has conducted extensive field surveys and completed documentation and condition appraisal of the Buddhist monasteries as well as listing of prominent historical buildings. Last year he published a book "Architectural Heritage: Ladakh", published by INTACH, the first attempt at giving an architectural account of nearly 75 prominent historical buildings in Ladakh. He has contributed several articles related to architecture and conservation in leading architectural magazines and journals in India.

PhD Research

Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh and Spiti

Janhwij's interests in the Western Himalayas have taken him into the impregnable valleys of Ladakh, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur a number of times over the last thirteen years. His PhD research naturally follows his inclination towards documenting and highlighting the Buddhist architecture of the region and makes him look at the architectonic aspects of the various Buddhist elements, especially the Buddhist monasteries. Tracing the development of monasteries in Ladakh, the research scans the broad time span of 10th to 18th Centuries. The Research identifies various monastery types based on their forms, location, spatial delineation and decorations, and documents forms, architectural elements and ornamentation (both structural and applied) of representative examples of each monastery type through architectural drawings and photographs.