Research Team

Principal Investigator

Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage NTU
Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage NTU
Executive Director Center for Heritage Conservation, CEPT Research and Development Foundation. Ahmedabad, India
Research Associate
Center for Heritage Conservation, CEPT Research and Development Foundation. Ahmedabad, India

Dr Bernadette Devilat L.

Bernadette was the Principal Investigator of this project based at the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism, and Global Heritage, Nottingham Trent University. She holds a PhD in Architectural Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; and is a practising architect and Master in Architecture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC).

Improving heritage intervention in post-disaster recovery efforts have driven her academic career, which started after the 2005 earthquake in Tarapacá, Chile, when she co-founded the Tarapacá Project. She teamed up with colleagues and locals to build a re-construction prototype used as a Community Library; and developed housing strategies in her MArch. She applied her approach in heritage villages after the 2010 earthquake in central Chile during her work at the Heritage Reconstruction Programme of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. 

Bernadette is co-founder of DLA Scan Architectural Studio and was creator and leader of BScan, a 3D-laser-scanning teaching cluster at the Bartlett School of Architecture, focusing on representation and digital preservation. She is a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment and has obtained several funding and scholarships to carry out her research. Bernadette has presented, published and exhibited her research internationally, and has taught at the PUC and the Bartlett.

Professor M. Gamal Abdelmonem

Gamal is Chair in Architecture and the Director of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at Nottingham Trent University. His BA and Masters in Architecture are from Cairo University and he obtained is PhD in Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Gamal is the University lead of the Strategic Research Theme, Global Heritage. Gamal is the recipient of NTU 2020 Vice-Chancellor Outstanding Researcher Award and the 2014 recipient of the Jeffrey Cook Award of the International Association of the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Gamal serves as an international expert on several international research associations, councils and funding panels in the US, UK and Europe.

Gamal’s research focuses on architectural and urban history, everyday homes, socio-spatial practices of urban communities, virtual heritage, medieval culture and post-conflict cities. His research has informed policy and practice of several governments and international organisations on aspects of heritage preservation, urban planning and architecture of home. His recent books include Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture’ (2012), Portrush: Towards An Architecture for the North Irish Coast (2013); The Architecture of Home in Cairo (2015), and Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland (2019); and ‘People, Care and Work in the Home’ (2020).

Dr Jigna Desai

Jigna is the Programme Chair for Masters in Conservation and Regeneration at the Faculty of Architecture at CEPT University. She studied architecture and has a Master’s degree in sustainable architecture from Cardiff University and a PhD in Conservation Studies from CEPT University, India.

She focuses on the understanding and transformation of traditional architecture and urban environments. In her research, she formulates frameworks, tools and methods, through which theoretical ideas of sustainability and conservation of living historic environments can be translated into practice, while addressing the challenges of co-production of space and commodification of heritage.

Jigna worked on preparing the nomination dossier that led to the inscription of Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2017 and has extensive experience in architecture and conservation research. She is an advocate of community-based conservation and has partnered with several national and international institutions on heritage preservation initiatives in different parts of India. Jigna is an associate member of the International Scientific Committee for Historic Towns and Villages, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and is an active member of the ICOMOS India chapter. She is also a director at the award-winning practice JMA Design Co that she co-founded with Mehul Bhatt in 1999. 

Mrudula Mane

Mrudula is an architect from Mumbai and holds a MA in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of York, UK. Presently she is working as a Research Associate at the Center for Heritage Conservation CDRF and is also a Visiting Faculty for the Masters in Conservation and Regeneration programme at CEPT University.

She has been actively involved in documentation, research, survey and conservation projects for Government & Non-Government agencies in Mumbai, Matheran, Pune and Ratnagiri regions in Maharashtra. She was a technical member of Fort Conservation Committee (from 2016 until 2019), appointed by the Cultural Ministry of State Government of Maharashtra – an advisory body to the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums for documentation and restoration of medieval forts in Maharashtra.

Mrudula is currently a State nominated member of the board of trustees at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS, formerly Prince of Wales Museum) at Mumbai since April 2019.