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 senior artist and an art- writer based in Kathmandu. As a leading art writer of the country, on many occasions he has 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.
  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.
  16. Badan Lal Nyachhyon is chairman of Earthquake Safety Initiatives, a company focused capacity-building for coping with Nepal’s earthquake hazard. The senior civil engineer is also 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.
  17. Asha Dangol is a contemporary Nepali visual artist. He is co-founder of the Kasthamandap Art Studio and E-Arts Nepal. He holds 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.
  18. 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 came out of 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 outcome is always acclaimed.
  19. 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-the effect they impart in lives of people.
  20. Veda Satasha Shrestha did Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Management & Human Resources) from Kaplan Business School, Melbourne, Australia. She had worked as marketing internship at Vijaya Motors, Kathmandu and HR internship at Vivir Healthcare, Melbourne. Currently, she is working at HR Department at Agni Group, and Program Coordinator at E-Arts Nepal for Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara.
  21. 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. Mr. Oli is leading NSET functions on Advocacy, Communications and Outreach. Mr. Oli is contributing as Advocacy and Communication Expert for Housing Reconstruction Technical Assistance Program (Baliyo Ghar) that NSET has been implementing since 2015. Mr. Oli is also a Certified Instructor for Advanced Disaster Response training courses and trainer for various DRR courses. Mr. Oli has also received M.Sc. Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) from 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 Master’s Degree in Business Studies (MBS) from Faculty of Management, TU, Nepal in 2006 and also Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 2000.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Shweta Shakya is 4th year Architecture student in Khwopa Engineering College. Travels, takes photographs and writes to keep her sanity.