Ashima Krishna, PhD

architect . historic preservation planner . educator

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo, NY // Image: Douglas Levere (University at Buffalo)

I am an architect and historic preservation planner whose research spans two principal domains: the management of historic urban landscapes and adaptive reuse of religious historic structures and landscapes. In particular, I focus on the intersection of historic preservation with community development and equity issues–and resulting policy challenges.

Recent Works


→ Architect

B.Arch , School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

→ Historic Preservation Planner

MA in Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University

→ Educator

PhD in International Studies in Planning, Cornell University

Above: Working on window restoration at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary in April, 2007. Photo: Addison Geary

Over the years, I have worked on various projects dealing with architectural and landscape design, architectural and urban conservation, interior design, urban development, and adaptive reuse. My principal interests remain in the preservation and conservation of built heritage and how they interface with issues of management, local governance, equity, and community development, and especially how the management of heritage affects the way in which planners, architects, and policymakers shape the built environment.

Above: Working on window restoration at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary in April 2007. Photo: Addison Geary

Looking for historic preservation related journals? I have compiled a list of related academic journals. View them here.

krish191 at purdue dot edu

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