Center for Heritage Conservation (CHC) focuses on advancing the discourse of built heritage conservation through the lenses of sustainability and equity in the Indian Context. The Center collaborates on the most pioneering international research projects on one hand, and engages with the government, city administration, and industry on the other,  to inform policies and practices on ground. The team at CHC approaches conservation as a comprehensive process that is situated in an ever-changing environment and constantly engages with all actors and stakeholders that are a part of that change. The educational activities conducted by the team at CHC is recognized as one of the best practices internationally.

Key Activities: 
- Creating a repository of knowledge on Heritage Conservation in India
- Engaging in research projects that advance the knowledge in the Indian Context 
- Advising government, local bodies, and industry on aspects of heritage conservation and conservation led regeneration with solutions that are long-term, implementable, and equitable. 
- Offer short courses for Continuous Professional Development of policy makers, practitioners, and implementers. 
- Initiate actions that become a platform for engaging all stakeholder and right holders in an informed discourse of heritage conservation. 

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Leadership


Jigna  Desai

Jigna Desai

Executive Director

Jigna Desai is the Program Chair for Masters in Conservation and Regeneration at the Faculty of Architecture at CEPT University. She brings to the institute, her experience in working with traditional urban environments and framing how traditional architecture may be understood, studied and transformed. Her current work focuses on formulating 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.

Jigna has worked on preparing the nomination dossier that led to the inscription of Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2017 and has extensive experience in architecture and conservation research. She is an advocate of community-based conservation and has partnered with several national and international institutions on heritage preservation initiatives in different parts of India. Jigna is an associate member of the International Scientific Committee for Historic Towns and Villages, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and is an active member of the ICOMOS India chapter. She is also a director an award-winning practice - JMA Design Co that she co-founded with Mehul Bhatt in 1999. 

Jigna has studied architecture and has a master’s degree in sustainable architecture from Cardiff University and a PhD in Conservation Studies from CEPT University.

CHC Team

Projects


Dharmaj Heritage Collaborative
Dharmaj Heritage Collaborative

2021 - ongoing | Research

Use of 3D LiDAR Scanning Technology for Documentation of Historic Buildings
Use of 3D LiDAR Scanning Technology for Documentation of Historic Buildings

12th March 2021 - 15th March 2021 | Capacity Building

Preparing a Feasibility Study of unknown stepwells of Gujarat
Preparing a Feasibility Study of unknown stepwells of Gujarat

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited
2021 | Research

All Projects from CHC

Training


Use of 3D LiDAR Scanning Technology for Documentation of Historic Buildings
Use of 3D LiDAR Scanning Technology for Documentation of Historic Buildings

12th March 2021 - 15th March 2021 | Capacity Building

Conservation Site School: an initiative by Center for Heritage Conservation
Conservation Site School: an initiative by Center for Heritage Conservation

Ahmedabad Sunni Muslim WAQF Committee
2020 - Ongoing | Capacity Building

All Training from CHC

News


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Events

CHC Inaugural Lecture: by Dr. Gill Chitty
Lecture
CHC Inaugural Lecture: by Dr. Gill Chitty

March 25, 2019
Auditorium , CEPT University

Vishwanath Dham Project
Seminar
Vishwanath Dham Project

May 11, 2019
CEPT Auditorium

A talk on Conserving Modern Architecture by Chandler McCoy
Lecture
A talk on Conserving Modern Architecture by Chandler McCoy

January 16, 2020
FP- 103 CEPT Auditorium

Launch of the Ahmedabad Cross Section
Book Launch
Launch of the Ahmedabad Cross Section

July 03, 2020
Online

All Events from CHC

Contact Us

Center for Heritage Conservation

Near AES Boys Hostel Campus,
University Ground, Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad - 380 009

Phone: +91 8851420313
Fax: +91 7926302075
Email: chc@cept.ac.in