Ashish Ganju

Ashish Ganju

Architect & Teacher, President - GREHA, New Delhi

Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju qualified from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1966. He returned to India in 1967 for higher studies and has since been researching through teaching and practice.

He has taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He was founding Director of the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, Visiting Professor at the University of East London, U.K., and the Universita IUAV di Venezia, Italy.

The practice has taken him throughout the Indian sub-continent, including Afghanistan, first as a consultant to UNICEF and the Governments of India and Afghanistan, and later as architect planner for buildings and campuses for public institutions. Presently he builds with the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala to research the practice of a sustainable architecture in the Himalayas.

He has been a member of several committees of the Government of India, including the Committee to Advise on Maintenance and Modifications in Rashtrapti Bhawan New Delhi, and the Ministry of Urban Developmentā€™s Committee for Redevelopment of the Lutyens Bungalow Zone New Delhi. He has won several prizes in national and international design competitions. Recently he co-authored with Narendra Dengle, a theoretical essay entitled "The Discovery of Architecture - A Contemporary treatise on ancient values and indigenous reality" which is published by GREHA.

He is based in New Delhi, living and working on the urban fringe to demonstrate the principle of urban renewal by citizens.

Topic: Indigenous Perspectives: The Discovery & History of Architecture