Studies on architecture in South Asia continue to ignore women in canonical histories of the discipline. This book attempts to recover the stories of the women architects whose careers nearly parallel the development of modernism in colonial and postcolonial India. Writing their experiences into the narrative of mainstream architectural history wit
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction Part II Modernism, Architecture and Women in India Part III Early Narratives 1. Perin Jamshedji Mistri 2. Urmila Eulie Chowdhury 3. Gira Sarabhai 4. Pravina Mehta 5. Hema Sankalia 6. Hema Patel 7. Madhu Sarin Part IV Contemporary Practices 8. Minakshi Jain 9. Renu Mistry 10. Namita Singh 11. Brinda Somaya 12. Neera Adarkar 13. Meena Mani 14. Parul Zaveri 15. Nalini Thakur 16. Revathi Kamath 17. Sheila Sri Prakash 18. Vandana Ranjithsinh 19. Anjali Yagnik 20. Sujatha Shankar 21. Sonali Bhagwati 22. Suhasini Ayer-Guigan 23. Canna Patel 24. Chitra Vishwanath 25. Shimul Javeri Kadri 26. Samira Rathod 27. Pratima Joshi 28. Gurmeet Rai 29. Anupama Kundoo 30. Latha Raman Jaigopal 31. Mona Doctor-Pingel 32. Nisha Mathew 33. Shikha Jain 34. Archana Chaudhary 35. Shilpa Ranade Part V Towards Conclusions
Madhavi Desai is an adjunct faculty member at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT (Center for Environmental Planning and Technology) University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She is the author of Traditional Architecture: House Form of the Islamic Community of the Bohras in Gujarat (2008); co-author of Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity, India 1880 to 1980 (1997), The Bungalow in Twentieth-Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-colonial Society (2012) and Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Values (2012); and editor of Women and the Built Environment in India (2007).
'…this book is a stellar effort, simply for brining visibility to the unsung women architects of India…it is a long overdue publication for a subject that has been left unattended for too long and as the author also hopes in her conclusion that perhaps this will trigger off more work and research into this area.'
Anubha Kakroo, Insite Review