Profile – Debashish Nayak

Debashish Nayak is an architect who has more than two decades of experience in managing urban conservation issues of Historic Cites in India and abroad. He is presently based in Ahmedabad and appointed as Director, Centre for Heritage Management of Ahmedabad University. Since 1996 he has been working as advisor to the Heritage Programme of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for the revitalisation of the ‘Historic Walled City’. He is also advisor to other City Municipalities such as Jaipur, Amritsar, Old Delhi, Lucknow, Pondicherry etc. He has been appointed as Advisor to the Indian Heritage Cities Network launched by UNESCO, India and as Gujarat State Project Co-ordinator for National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, and member of the National Committee on Conservation Policy, Archaeological Survey of India.

Among the many awards he has received are the Ashoka Fellowship (1990 – 1993), Salzburg Fellow (1990), Ten Outstanding Young Indian Award (1994) and in 1995, Friends of the United Nations Citizen’s Award at New York. In 2006, AMA (Ahmedabad Management Association) awarded him with Anubhai Chimanlal–AMA Nagrikta Puraskar – citizenship award for his contribution in Ahmedabad.

Following are few links to his many accolades, mentions and some of his published work:

Ashoka India Fellowship

Director, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University 

Indian Express

The Telegraph

Smart Cities Advisors

Yes Institute Article

Live Mint Article

Revitalising our walled cities



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