Madras Inherited, founded in 2017, is an initiative passionate about making significant changes in the domain of heritage. The vision for Madras Inherited streams from a larger vision for Heritage Awareness, Preservation and Conservation in the city. 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.
We work in the following areas:
1. Cultural Heritage Tourism, predominantly conducting physical and virtual heritage walks around the city
2. Undertaking Architectural Heritage projects
3. Providing Heritage Education for schools
4. Conducting Workshops for colleges and community
5. Curating and executing Community Outreach Programmes that activate public spaces
6. Undertaking Research in the field 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)
Zoyab is a senior architect and planner by profession. His keen interest and knowledge in heritage and architectural conservation are the greatest support to the initiative and the team. He has over 35 years of experience in the field and has vast experience in the educational field, having been a member of inspection teams of the 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 at 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
A passion for creating a radical change in the scenario of heritage in the city and introducing the aspect of Cultural Heritage Tourism led Tahaer to co-found 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 challenges with focused problem-solving and envisions the work with a design perspective. 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 (MIDAS) for three years and has been a visiting faculty at other architecture colleges across the city.
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. She currently heads the operations at Madras Inherited, where her work varies from developing and leading bilingual heritage walks to conceptualising and designing the area of heritage education and research, apart from actively handling other areas of work. 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. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Hindustan University.
PRIYANI PRANAB B. Arch
Priyani joined Madras Inherited after graduating from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. With the view that history, heritage, and the city are for its people, she is curious to find out what makes Chennai Madras. She works on researching and developing new routes for heritage walks, translating concepts of architecture, historical happenings and heritage into engaging visual content, among other projects at Madras Inherited.
FAHTHIMA DHIYA B. Des - present
Graphic Design Intern
Dhiya is a final year Communication Design student who loves sharing stories about people, spaces and the culture around us through visual mediums. Contextual design is something that interests her a lot and she is working with Madras Inherited to document the heritage and culture of Chennai and learn about the beautiful history of the city at the same time.
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.
BURHANUDDIN HUSSAIN B. Arch - present
Burhanuddin is someone who is in constant search of spaces and places in the city that make him feel at zen and is curious to read behind and understand the various theories and ideas on how spaces work. As a student of architecture, he enjoys exploring and having conversations about the different mediums of art, and architecture. He is exploring the city, its history and tales and celebrating them through powerful visuals at Madras Inherited.
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.