Kai Weise is a Nepali national of Swiss origin who has been working as a planner and architect in the Himalayan Region. Kai Weise has been facilitating the establishment of management systems for World Heritage properties and was involved in earthquake response and rehabilitation for the culture sector in Nepal and Myanmar. He is president of ICOMOS Nepal and fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University.
Tejash Man Shakya completed his master degree in Nepal history, culture and archaeology from Tribhuvan University, 2011 A.D. He has a double bachelor degree in business studies and fine art as well. He is a master sculptor, renovation and art coordinator for Nepal. He also works as a resource person for metal casting workshop and training. Mr. Tejesh Man Shakya has also won many honors and awards for the projects he was involved in. As a lover of art, he has been collecting different art collections from France, South Korea, Netherland as well as Nepal.
Chhavi Vashist is a Delhi- based Architect. She enjoys reading blogs and regularly updates blogger, WordPress and her social networking sites. She has also worked for a website: www.ebuild.in as an Interior Designing - content writer. She is also skilled in blogging, photography, travelling, event coordination, drafting, rendering, art & craft and model making.
Brinda Shrestha is an architect/ urban planner who has worked as a former assistant professor at the Nepal Engineering College. She has been working in the field of architecture and planning under different private consultancies, research and educational institutions in Nepal. Her major passion is exploring cities and its architecture through travelling and writing articles on architectural and urban issues.
Sanjeev Shrestha is a graduate of Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Central campus, Pulchowk/IOE. He is currently practicing as an Architect in Metalwood Nepal, a design studio and workshop based in Saugal, Patan. In Metalwood he practices designing and construction of minimalist furniture, interiors, renovation and Architecture. He doesn’t really focus on any particular type of Architecture but follows a tenet that one should be wise enough to use any material where it is most appropriate.
Shreesha Nankhwa is an aspiring environmentalist with a penchant for writing. She is interested in sustainable living, alternative energy and creating a better future for the planet. Her works have been published in a number of magazines and publications in Nepal. She currently writes and edits blogs for IT companies while dreaming of trekking across the Himalayas.
Rajina Shrestha is currently working full time for Marketing and Operations at Threadpaints Store, a moderated online selling platform. She is also a co-founder at the Women Leaders in Technology (WLiT) and Vice-President at Women LEAD. She is a freelance writer and often asks too many questions.
Biresh Shah, a post graduate in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the Executive Director of the architectural firm Archiplan in Kathmandu. In the past 17 years, besides teaching at the Tribhuwan University, he has worked in New Delhi, Bombay, Boston, and Kathmandu, undertaking a wide range of projects in architecture, urban design, conservation and urban planning.
Maureen Drdak is a graduate of both the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She travels widely in pursuit of her visions. Her research has taken her to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Nepal and the Himalayas. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Nepal. Her work is found in numerous public, private, and university collections within the US and abroad.
Dr Niels Gutschow was born in 1941 in Hamburg, Germany. He is an honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg, South Asia Institute. Graduated in architecture from Darmstadt University, he wrote his PhD-thesis on the Japanese Castle Town in 1973. From 1978 to 1980 he was head of the Münster Authority of Monument Protection and from 1980 to 2000, a member of the German National Committee for Conservation. Now a prolific writer of history of urban planning in Germany and Europe and into urban space and rituals in India and Nepal, his book ARCHITECTURE OF THE NEWARS: A HISTORY OF BUILDING TYPOLOGIES AND DETAILS IN NEPAL (3 VOLUMES) is the most valuable contribution for the documentation and preservation of Nepali architecture. Currently he lives in Abtsteinach, Germany and Bhaktapur, Nepal.
MADAN CHITRAKAR is a senior artist and an art- writer based in Kathmandu. As a leading art writer of the country, he has, on many occasions, taken Nepali Art beyond the borders - through his writings in many prestigious publications abroad - notably in Japan, India and Bangladesh. Two well acclaimed books Tej Bahadur Chitrakar - Icon of a Transition’ 2004 and ‘Nepali Art: Issues Miscellany’ - 2012 remain to his credit, in addition to the numerous writings on Art and Culture in English and Nepali. Presently, he is associated with Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Fine Arts and Kathmandu University, Center for Art & Design as a member of the respective Subject Committee.
Frederick Langworthy started his career in construction at around 15 years of age, working for his father as an apprentice until he finished school. He has worked as a Fire Suppression Specialist for 5 years for the US government. He started and a ran construction company responsible for Agricultural/ Commercial facilities and industrial maintenance for 40 years during which he returned to school for “Engineering Technicians “degree. For the last 15 years he has been a construction consultant for several INGO’s working in Nepal mainly in the health care sector.
Ar. Surya Bhakta Sangachhe is working as senior technical advisor at the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET). A Director of General at the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) 2007-2008 and an Architect Planner with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Kiev Civil Engineering Institute (Ukraine), 1975, Master’s Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies (IAAS), University of York, UK (1986), Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, Govt. of Nepal (1976-2008) and has led Lumbini Development Project (1976-1988) and urban land development, land pooling projects(1990- 1998) in Kathmandu Valley. Co-author of Land Pooling Manual ,he leads the team of architects, planners and engineers responsible for the Strategic development Plan of Kathmandu Valley.
Badan Lal Nyachhyon is the chairman of Earthquake Safety Initiatives, a company focused capacity-building for coping with Nepal’s earthquake hazard. The senior civil engineer is also the managing director of Multi Consult (P) Ltd. Nyachhyon’s expertise include project management, contract management, civil engineering, research, construction management and community development, among others. He holds a Master’s in Architecture degree from the Kiev Civil Engineering Institute.
Asha Dangol is a contemporary Nepali visual artist. He is a co-founder of the Kasthamandap Art Studio and E-Arts Nepal. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuvan University, and has been creating and exhibiting his art since 1992. He has 10 solo art exhibitions to his credit. Dangol has participated in numerous group shows in Nepal and his work has been exhibited in different countries outside Nepal. The artist experiments with painting, mixed media, ceramics, installation, performance and video.
Tejita Vaidya Amatya is the Director & Chief Interior Designer of CONCEPTION INTERIOR PVT. LTD., the design company founded together with her 'better half' Er. Kundal Shekhar Amatya in 2004. The company started from a passion of spaces; interior space is taken as canvas and producing a live space sculpture. Amatya’s designs are always a perfect amalgamation of design, décor, and form reaching completeness. She likes to play with material, color, silhouettes and the outcome is always acclaimed.
Swornima Munankarmi is currently working as an architect at Civil International Consults Pvt. Ltd., Sundhara. Much interested in earthquake resistant building designs, she’s looking forward to study the role of public buildings and the effect they impart in lives of people.
Veda Satasha Shrestha completed a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Management & Human Resources) from Kaplan Business School, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as marketing internship at Vijaya Motors, Kathmandu and HR internship at Vivir Healthcare, Melbourne. Currently, she is working at the HR Department at Agni Group, and Program Coordinator at E-Arts Nepal for Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara.
Mr. Khadga Sen Oli has been working with National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET)for the position of Advocacy and Outreach Manager since June 2009. He is leading NSET as an Advocacy, Communications and Outreach and is also contributing as an Advocacy and Communication Expert for Housing Reconstruction Technical Assistance Program (Baliyo Ghar) that NSET has been implementing since 2015. Mr. Oli is a Certified Instructor for Advanced Disaster Response training courses and a trainer for various DRR courses. He has also received M.Sc. Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) from the Institute of Engineering (IOE), TU, Nepal. His project work was on Design Of Turbine, Turbine Accessories and Penstock of Nyadi Hydropower Project 10MW. Mr. Oli has also acquired a Master’s Degree in Business Studies (MBS) from the Faculty of Management, TU, Nepal in 2006 and also a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 2000.
Kirti K. Joshi received Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Tohoku University, Japan in 2007, and has been a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University, USA, and a postdoctoral visiting scholar at University of Indonesia. Besides urban research, his other interests include psychology and philosophy.
Ar. Shristy Shakya is an Architect/ Designer in Budhanilkantha Nargarpalika working under National Reconstruction Authority (NRA). She also entertains working as a free lancer and is always open to new experiences and challenges. She is passionate about travelling and exploring new places and their native/ historical architecture.
Shweta Shakya is 4th year Architecture student in Khwopa Engineering College. Travels. She takes photographs and writes to keep her sanity.