Madras Inherited, founded in 2017, is an initiative started by a team who are 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 traveled historical enclaves of the city, it was established with the notion of presenting the unspoken inheritance of this alluring city. Madras Inherited works in these following areas:
1. Cultural Heritage Tourism, predominantly heritage walks
2. Architectural Heritage
3. Heritage Education for schools and colleges
4. Community Outreach Programmes
6. Research and Development
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, we aim to sensitise the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy of Madras, so that they can develop a sense of association with the place. We want to play our part in instilling a sense of social responsibility towards preserving the common heritage of the city.
Protecting, managing, and attempting to preserve the tangible heritage of the city by undertaking necessary measures and identifying specific tools needed to better plan and manage historic fabric is at the heart of what we do at Madras Inherited. We aim to provide expertise in the field of Heritage Management and encourage capacity-building by developing skills through training programmes. Working in the domain of Heritage management, our objectives are as follows:-
○ Tapping the potential present in the tangible and intangible heritage and its preservation through sustainable Cultural Heritage management principles.
○ Promoting sensitivity and understanding towards History, Architectural Heritage of Madras and disseminating of cultural knowledge in the city in a comprehensive manner.
○ Initiating concentrated research, education, and outreach activities in the heritage areas of the city.
○ To integrate the old with new in a manner that they can be viewed as one cohesive entity in the city.
○ Revitalise the experience of Cultural Heritage Tourism in the city.
Passion is key when it comes to working towards the conservation of heritage in the city. Our team is made of architects and historians who are deeply invested in studying 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 Bachelor’s 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 Bachelor’s 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.
SHALINI RAVIKUMAR B.A. History, M. Sc. Architectural Conservation
Head of Operations
Shalini Ravikumar is responsible for the initiative’s growth and development in different departments by providing leadership and taking care of the initiative’s finance and operations. She takes care of the initiative’s core work, team management and implementing the organisational strategy, policies and practices. She is also responsible for leading the team and actively developing it to take on greater responsibilities and achieve greater milestones. Before heading the initiative, Shalini had worked with Dr. Benny Kuriakose, Dronah (Development of Nature, Arts, and Heritage) which is under the Ministry of Culture and the Buildings at Risk Case Panel of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS). Shalini has completed her Bachelor’s in History from Madras Christian College and her Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom.
ASHMITHA ATHREYA B. Arch, PG Dip. in Heritage Studies
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. Her work at Madras Inherited varies from developing and leading bi-lingual heritage walks to conceptualising and designing the area of heritage education and being equally involved in the other areas of work. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Hindustan University.
ANIRUDH VENKAT B. Arch
Anirudh Venkat 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. Coming back to his beloved home city of Chennai, he wants to pursue a greater understanding and knowledge of its culture, heritage and history. 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.
MAHALAKSHMI SOMASUNDAR B. Arch - present
Mahalakshmi Somasundar 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.
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 from the past three years. He has contributed towards 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.