Abha Narain Lambah

Abha Narain Lambah (born 1970) is an Indian conservation architect whose eponymous architectural practice has restored several of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Ajanta CavesGolconda Fort and Mahabodhi Temple, and Mumbai‘s Victorian buildings like the Crawford MarketRoyal Opera HouseAsiatic Society of Mumbai Town Hall and Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue.

The firm’s work has been recognised by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. In 2017, their restoration work on the Royal Opera House, India’s only surviving opera house, was given the Award of Merit under the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Their ongoing project is the restoration of Le Corbusier‘s historic Chandigarh Capitol Complex in Punjab.

Early life

Lambah was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and grew up in Ballygunge. She attended the Loreto House school and then graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Career[edit]

Lambah set up her architectural practice in 1996. Her first project was to finalise urban signage and street furniture guidelines for Dadabhai Naoroji Road, along which many of the city’s Gothic Revival and Neoclassical buildings are located. In 2000, she became a conservation consultant to Rahul Mehrotra Associates, who were restoring the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad. Between 2004 and 2006, she worked on the 15th-century Basgo Monastery and restored the Maitreya Buddha. Since 2010, she has restored many of Mumbai’s Victorian, Neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic buildings, such as the Municipal Corporation BuildingCrawford MarketPrince of Wales MuseumConvocation Hall, University of Mumbai. Lambah has acknowledged the influence of Joseph Allen Stein and Charles Correa on her practice.

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