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Architect and Thinker

Launching May 04, 2024

Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju (1942-2021).

Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju qualified from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, in 1966. He returned to India in 1971 for higher studies and spent his entire career spanning over five decades towards researching through teaching and practice.

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Image © Narendra Dengle

He taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He was the 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. He was also Co-Chair of the Asian Advisory Board & Core faculty at Building Beauty programme at Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy.

He also co-founded Greha, a charitable society for research on human habitat, instituted in 1986 and was its President for over two decades.

His practice spans 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, residences and campuses for public institutions. He has also designed for the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala to research the practice of a sustainable architecture in the Himalayas. He has won several prizes in national and international design competitions.

He was member of several committees of the Government of India, including the Committee to Advise on Maintenance and Modifications in Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi, and the Ministry of Urban Development’s Committee for Redevelopment of the Lutyens Bungalow Zone New Delhi.

His writings have been published in books and journals nationally and internationally. He had also co-authored with Narendra Dengle a theoretical paper entitled “The Discovery of Architecture – A contemporary treatise on ancient values and indigenous reality”.

He lived in New Delhi, India and worked on the urban fringe to demonstrate the principle of urban renewal by citizens.

Edited by Rohit Krishan Gulati

The Book

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Edited by: Nardenra Dengle and Henri Fanthome

Introduction by: Shiny Varghese

It is pertinent to document Ashish’s legacy in the form of a formal publication and make it accessible to people at large.

The book will offer a window into Ashish Ganju’s way of life, work and practice. In addition to some of his key works which will be presented through written word, images and drawings, the book will also feature essays, conversations, and reflections contributed by his associates, friends, colleagues and clients.

All the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for supporting GREHA’s activities and research.

This book would be our tribute to the legacy of M N Ashish Ganju.



Some confirmations are still awaited.

Aarti Dhingra

Ashok Lall

Heywood Hill

Jogi Panghal

Julyan Wickham

Mayank Pandey

Narendra Dengle

Nicholas Weaver

Nidhi Batra

Parul Kiri Roy

Rohit Krishan Gulati

Sanjay Bhardwaj


Sergio Porta

Shiny Varghese

Shonaleeka Kaul

Snehanshu Mukherjee

Swati Janu

Verendra Wakhloo

Vinod Gupta

Credits and Support

GREHA and Ganju family for providing access to the content.

Verendra Wakhloo for financing the initiative

Akanksha Gautam, Mayank Pandey and Shreya Singhal for documentation support.

Support – Prebook your copies

The book is scheduled to be released on May 04, 2024.

To be able to cover the expenses associated with the production of the book, we are requesting support in the form of pre-bookings, and donations.  You can contribute in the following ways.

A. You can transfer the amount of INR 2750.00 (or in multiples) for pre-booking your copies. The revised MRP of the book is INR 3500.00.

B. You can transfer any amount to the following account, to support the initiative.

Account Details:

Account Name: Verendra Wakhloo and Rajesh Advani

Account no: 50100451431726

Bank: HDFC Bank

IFSC: HDFC0000614

Please send the transfer details with your name, contact number and transaction ID to [email protected]

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