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. 


- Ahmedabad Sunni Muslim WAQF Committee

- AINA (Kutch)

- Avichal Heritage Foundation (Dharmaj) 

- Centre for Environment Education 

- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

- Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Gujarat

- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

- Kala Chaupal Trust (Bulandshahr)

- Nottingham Trent University

- University of York

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Jigna  Desai

Jigna Desai

Center Head and Principal Researcher

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 expert 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


3D for Heritage India
3D for Heritage India

2021 - ongoing | Research

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

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Center for Heritage Conservation

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University Ground, Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad - 380 009

Phone: +91 8851420313
Fax: +91 7926302075