|Research Group||Architectural History and Theory Group|
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Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
My research is largely in the history of architecture in South Asia, particularly Indian temple architecture (Buddhist, Hindu, Jain). This work embraces most of the subcontinent over a long time span, and involves detailed formal analysis. Drawings play an important part in my research, not only for explanation but also as a means of analysis. I have done related work on vernacular architecture in India, and on the nature of multi-cultural art and architecture.
I am interested in relationships between architectural history/theory and practice: architectural history can be approached through the eyes of a designer, while architectural design can be informed by an understanding of principles and processes underlying traditional architectures. PRASADA, the centre I started in 1996, aims to bring theory and practice together and to understand them in their broader cultural context.
Architectural History must always be a kind of re-creation, and recently, after more than thirty years of familiarity with the architectural languages of Indian temple-building traditions, projects that have come in my direction involve the 're-creation' of ancient temples in different and direct ways: working out forgotten temple designs from thousand-year-old drawings engraved on rocks and from Sanskrit vastushastra texts (see The Indian Temple); designing a new temple in the 12th-century Hoysala style; and recovering lost temple designs from thousands of stone fragments for a World Monuments Fund conservation project in Madhya Pradesh.
As first supervisor I have supervised thirteen PhDs to completion, and am currently supervising five. Details of my postgraduate research supervision, research projects and architectural design work can be seen on the PRASADA website.
Editor of South Asian Studies
Editorial Board member for Context, Abacus, Spandrel, Pakistan Heritage, South Asian Arts, Journal of History and Social Sciences
Council member, British Association for South Asian Studies
Executive Committee member, European Association of South Asian Art and Archaeology
AHRC panel member and member of Peer Review Academy
Panel member, AERES (Agence d'Evaluation de la Reserche et de l'Enseignement Supérieur), France