The talk expounds upon the methodologies and outcomes in heritage conservation practice through research-driven approaches. Kamalika believes that projects apart, the discipline calls for a deeper engagement with advocacy and education, making heritage conservation a social campaign. Through her work, with a specific focus the Chinese and Jain communities in Bengal, she will illustrate some of these concerns and approaches.
Kamalika Bose is an urban conservationist with experience in heritage-oriented planning and advocacy, design education and research. She is a Fulbright Scholar (2011-13), a SAH-Getty International Fellow (2016), and former Assistant Professor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad (2008-15). She obtained a Master’s in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in 2013. Kamalika gained international work experience in neighborhood preservation and cultural heritage through positions at Historic Districts Council, New York and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. She has authored three books, including ‘A History of Interior Design in India, Vol 1: Ahmedabad.’ She was Research Associate for ‘Architecture in India: Since 1990’ by Rahul Mehrotra (2011) and Project Manager for the seminal exhibition ‘The State of Architecture: Practices & Processes in India’ in Mumbai, 2016. She is consultant to The Cha Project for Kolkata’s Chinatown and Murshidabad Heritage Development Society. Kamalika is also a consulting expert to the ICOMOS World Heritage Unit and on the advisory of Kolkata Architecture Foundation