Contributors
  1. Kai Weise has been working along the Himalayas for the past 18 years as an Architect and Urban Planner.
     
  2. Arun Dev Pant is a partner in Design Cell and is involved in designing and managing the various projects of the firm.
     
  3. Dr. Rohit Rajkarnikar is the country Director of Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and has many restoration projects to his credit.
     
  4. Tom Crees, who is now based in Australia, has a number of notable projects designs to his credit in Kathmandu; some being the ‘Church of The Assumption’, the ICIMOD new HQ complex, the UN Common Premises, the Empire Heights.
     
  5. Jharna Joshi is a Fulbright Scholar and has worked on several architectural and heritage preservation projects in Hong Kong, Nepal and USA.
     
  6. Kishore Thapa, an architect by qualification, has served as the DG of DUDBC and is currently the President of SONA (Society of Nepalese Architect).
     
  7. Ajaya Dixit is a Kathmandu based water resources engineer. Besides working on challenges of climate change adaptation, he also edits the journal Water Nepal.
     
  8. Dr. Umed Pun, PhD is an ornamental horticulturist, and is currently associated with Himalayan Flora Enterprises, Godavari.
     
  9. Ananta R Baidya is a licensed California professional engineer currently practicing in San Diego. He has taught ‘Engineering Codes’ at the Kathmandu University as part of its visiting faculty.
     
  10. Biresh Shah, a post graduate in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is 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.
     
  11.  Anne Feenstra, a Master in Architecture from Delft University, The Netherlands, has established a collective platform for architecture, arch i, along with four young and ambitious architects. Anne has been practicing architecture in the European continent and in London (William Alsop architects). In 2003, he established his own design group- AFIR. He has been lecturing and teaching in India, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Germany, Nepal and The Netherlands.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. MADAN CHITRAKAR is a well known senior artist and an art- writer based in Kathmandu. As a leading art writer of the country, on many occasions his writings on Nepali Art have been published in prestigious Art publications abroad – notably Japan, India and Bangladesh. Two well acclaimed Art books Tej Bahadur Chitrakar: Icon of a Transition (2004) and Nepali Art: Issues Miscellany (2012) remain to his credit: and a new serious book on Art is under publication. A well established artist, his journey in writing has had begun in 1976. Presently, he is associated with Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Fine Arts and Kathmandu University, Centre for Art & Design as a member of the respective Subject Committees. He can be accessed at madanc@ntc.net.np.
     
  14. Gautam Bhatia is an architect based in New Delhi and one of the most well-known architectural writers in India, having written for The New York Times, Outlook magazine and Indian Express. He feels there are two ways of seeking a reconciliation with architecture. The first is through the personal act of writing for himself, a therapeutic training of the mind to recall and unburden. Writing helps form a picture of the present. Drawing, as the other, is a type of mental renovation, a restoration of dormant beliefs, that obliquely points the way towards the future possibilities of practice. An aerobic imaginary expression of unrealized – often unrealizable – ideas. What is not possible in architecture is always possible in drawing.
     
  15. Ar. Surya Bhakta Sangachhe is working as senior technical advisor in National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET). A Director of General of 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 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.