Minakshi Jain

Minakshi Jain, India’s Prominent Conservation Architect, Passes Away

Conservation Architect and Academician Minakshi Jain passed away on June 14, 2023, at the age of 80.
Minakshi Jain

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1943-2023 | A Legacy Left Behind

The Architectural Fraternity of India, today (June 14, 2023), lost one of its most prominent conservation architects- Architect and Academician  Minakshi Jain. A notable name in Heritage Conservation, the award-winning architect co-authored several books, including Mud Architecture of the Indian Desert, Fort of Nagaur and Indian City in the Arid West. 

The challenge of a conservation architect is to simultaneously convey the past and future in the present.

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Born in Baroda on March 23, 1943, Minakshi did her Bachelor of Architecture at M.S. University, Baroda in 1964 and post-graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. A student of Louis Kahn during her post-graduation, Minakshi was the chief architect in the restoration of the Nagaur Fort– a project awarded the UNESCO Award of Excellence and was nominated for the Aga Khan Awards in 2013. She was also the recipient of the Kitply Award for Conservation and was actively involved in low-cost housing- being awarded the Hari Om Award for Low-Cost Housing for Rural and Urban Areas. An academician, Minakshi was a visiting faculty and mentor for several decades at CEPT University.

My association with Kahn, taught me that integrity was essential in your work and if you are passionate in what you do, then the rest is easy.

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Along with her husband, Architect Kulbhushan Jain, Minakshi was also involved in running AADI Centre, an NGO for research in conservation studies.

I think that conservation efforts allow the chance to bring back what was lost to the people

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Minakshi’s demise leaves behind a void in Indian Architecture. In her teaching years at CEPT, the multiple houses and institutions she designed, the reports produced under her on historic cities of Gujarat, and the award-winning restoration of the Nagaur Fort, she will continue to live on in the more than 50 years legacy she leaves behind.

Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the entire community of architects in India dealing with this loss.

[1] Career as a Conservation Architect, Savitha Hira [1st April, 2014]
[2] In Conversation With Dr. Minakshi Jain, Conservationist, Nirmala Garimella, 06/22/2009, lokvani.com

6 Responses

  1. We lost one of the finest, in a country where successful women Architects are rare !
    RIP
    Suber Bhabhrawala
    M.S.U.,1967

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