Madras Inherited, founded in 2017, is an initiative started by a team that is passionate about making significant changes in the domain of heritage. An entrenched passion for architecture, history and heritage led to the formation of the initiative. It was named Madras Inherited as it looks at the city's heritage as something shared and inherited by the city's occupants.
Filled with incredible zest to explore the lesser travelled historical enclaves of the city, it was established with the notion of presenting the unspoken inheritance of this alluring city. Madras Inherited works in the following areas:
1. Cultural Heritage Tourism, predominantly conducting physical and virtual heritage walks around the city
2. Undertaking Architectural Heritage
3. Providing Heritage Education for schools
4. Conducting Workshops for colleges and community
5. Curating and executing Community Outreach Programmes that activate public space
6. Undertaking Research in the field of heritage.
The vision for Madras Inherited streams from a larger vision for Heritage Conservation and Management in the city which aims to bring a change in the scene of heritage.
At Madras Inherited, our journey aims towards creating a sustainable and positive environment for heritage in the city of Chennai. Our mission in detail is as follows:
• Promote sensitivity and understanding towards the history and heritage of Madras
• Enable instances and opportunities to reconnect with the city, its history, and heritage through constant and consistent dialogue with and around the city
• Facilitate and undertake measures to preserve, conserve, and promote the tangible and intangible heritage of the city
• Engage with organisations and initiatives working at the grassroots level to address the issues faced by heritage in the city from a holistic perspective
• Promote and generate funding for heritage awareness and management programmes and projects
Our objectives are as follows:
• Curating and conducting heritage awareness programmes, events, and workshops for a wide range of audiences and stakeholders
• Revitalising and re-examining the Cultural Heritage Tourism experiences in the city
• Tapping the potential present in the tangible and intangible heritage through sustainable practices and principles
• Initiating concentrated research, education, and outreach activities in the heritage field
• Dissemination of historical data in an inclusive and comprehensive manner
Passion is key when it comes to working towards the conservation of heritage in the city. Our team is made of individuals who are deeply invested in understanding and preserving culture and heritage in all its forms in the city of Chennai.
ZOYAB ALIHUSSAIN B. Arch, P.G.Dip.TCP (HCP)
Mr. Zoyab Kadi, is a senior architect and planner by profession. Apart from being a mentor to Triple O Studio, his keen interest and knowledge in architectural conservation and all aspects of work at Madras Inherited is the greatest support to the initiative and the team. He has over 35 years of experience in the field and has worked with Louis Kahn on the IIM-A project. He has vast experience in the educational field and has been a member of inspection teams of Council of Architecture, AICTE and the Board of Studies, Andhra University. He has completed his Bachelorâs in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University and his Post-graduation in Town and Country Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He has been in the forefront to document the heritage houses of the Dawoodi Bohra Community in Sidhpur and has published three titles and several journal articles on Sidhpur.
TAHAER ZOYAB B. Arch, M.S. Architecture and Urban Design
Tahaer defines the strategic vision and objectives of Madras Inherited. He works with his team and advisory board to implement that vision at every step in different areas of work. He is the heart and soul of the initiative. Passionate about creating a radical change in the scenario of heritage in the city and introducing the aspect of Cultural Heritage Tourism led him to start Madras Inherited. He is an Architect and Urban designer by profession and has 13 years of experience in the field. He has completed his Bachelorâs in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University and his Masters in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. He takes great pride in and enjoys sharing his knowledge through lectures and collaborative discussions with keen minds at various architecture and design schools in the State.
ANUPRIYA SUBBIAN B. Arch, M.S. Interior Design
Anupriya's strength lies in addressing the challenges that come across the way, in any project, with a focused problem-solving technique. She envisions the work at Madras Inherited with a design perspective, providing a much-needed outlook. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai. An architect and an interior designer by profession, she has interned with Ar. Alex Jacob, Shankar Associates and worked as a team lead at Khosla Associates with Ar. Sandeep Khosla in Bangalore. Her work experience inspired her to pursue a Masters in Interior Design at Pratt Institute in New York, following which she co-founded Triple O Studio, Triple O Pixel and Madras Inherited with Ar. Tahaer Zoyab. She has taught at MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi for three years and has been a visiting faculty at other architecture colleges.
ASHMITHA ATHREYA B. Arch, PG Dip. in Heritage Studies
Head of Operations
Ashmitha joined Madras Inherited following her graduation in Heritage Studies from INTACH, New Delhi, where she has worked closely with the different heritage divisions. She has interned under Dr. Benny Kuriakose and was part of the team that worked on the conceptualisation and design for the adaptive reuse of a 300-year-old building in Prague, Czech Republic. Born and raised in Chennai, she strongly believes that the cultural and historical heritage of a city plays a vital role in guiding society towards a holistic development. Her work at Madras Inherited varies from developing and leading bi-lingual heritage walks to conceptualising and designing the area of heritage education apart from actively handling other areas of work. She holds a Bachelorâs degree in Architecture from Hindustan University.
HAMSIKA RAVICHANDRAN B. Arch
Hamsika joined Madras Inherited in May 2020. She has recently completed her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Chennai Academy of Architecture and Design (CAAD). With a view that the city is an ever-evolving canvas and an under-appreciated background in many of our lives, she aims at learning and comprehending the different phases of the city that she calls home today. At Madras Inherited, she works on researching and developing new routes for heritage walks, working on collaborative projects, along with other areas of work.
BINSAN OOMMEN BABY B. Arch
Binsan is a moulded architecture photographer who has been working with Madras Inherited in capturing and celebrating the inherent beauty of heritage buildings in the language of visuals for the past three years. He has contributed to building a photographic database of heritage in the city. Working on the 'Vanishing Heritage' project in Sidhpur for the Sahapedia-UNESCO grant is one of his milestones. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Sathyabama University.
MAHALAKSHMI SOMASUNDAR B. Arch - present
Mahalakshmi joined Madras Inherited in December 2019 as a research intern. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University. Having lived in Chennai her whole life, she was astounded by the number of stories the city has to tell. She works on developing and researching new routes for heritage walks and writing content for Madras Inherited's blog. In the course of her internship, she has come across many unsung chronicles of the city and is hoping to pursue a greater understanding of her home city.
ANIRUDH VENKAT B. Arch
Former Research Assistant
Anirudh joined Madras Inherited in 2019 after graduating from RVCA, Bangalore with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. He interned in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with Vo Trong Nghia Architects, where he explored the distinct culture and architecture of the region. At Madras Inherited, his work has ranged from developing new heritage walks in the city and being involved in conceptualizing the area of heritage education and working on other areas of work.
ROSHINI GANESH B. Arch
Former Research Assistant
At Madras Inherited, Roshini has completed the listing and documentation of heritage buildings for the CMDA and created heritage walks in Triplicane and Santhome. She has been a part of documentation teams in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra to identify the evolution of vernacular construction. She has also worked with The People Place Project to map Mumbai's industrial precinct. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai.
Sujith is an award-winning wedding photojournalist and the founder of Incognito Frames, a company that specialises in the photojournalist approach towards narrating Indian weddings. Sujith has a fascination with history and working with Madras Inherited has given him the opportunity to explore and chronicle unknown heritage in the city. He is actively involved in documenting the heritage walks and outreach events conducted by Madras Inherited through photographs and videos.
Behlah is a photographer based in Chennai. He is passionate about photography and has been involved in the field from a very young age. Apart from wedding and event photography, he does product, sports, portrait, and architectural photography. He considers photographs to be a powerful medium for expressing memories and works with Madras Inherited in capturing the various heritage walks and outreach programmes.