Areas of interest: Architecture, Planning and Policy, Cultural landscapes, world heritage
Shikha Jain has vast experience in cultural heritage of India that covers Urban Conservation, World Heritage and Museum Planning adding to a total of more than 50 plus projects across India in the last decade, largely realised through her interdisciplinary organisation DRONAH. Her Urban Conservation projects have received HUDCO awards and recognised as Best Practice by NIUA and ICLEI. The most recent project conceptualised by her ‘India Garden’ at Beijing Horticulture Expo 2019 received the Golden Award by International Association of Horticulture Producers (AIPH) in October 2019. Her key museum projects include the City Palace Museum at Udaipur besides master planning of National Rail Museum and several state government museums in Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. She has recently completed the Conservation Master Plan including Museum Use Plan for the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh funded by the Keeping It Modern Grant, Getty Foundation, USA.
She represented India as a Cultural Heritage expert as Member Secretary, Advisory Committee on World Heritage to the Ministry of Culture during India’s term in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee from 2011-2015. As an international expert, she has advised the National Heritage Board, Singapore, FRIM-Malaysia, SGTS, UAE, UNESCO Jakarta Office, Indonesia, UNESCO New Delhi Office and the Department of Archaeology, Myanmar besides working on projects funded by the World Monuments Fund and the Getty Foundation.
She graduated in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi followed by a Masters in Architecture from the Kansas State University, USA and Doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester. She is Visiting Faculty for Urban Conservation in the Department of Urban Planning, SPA, New Delhi and at the UNESCO Category 2 Centre, at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She is a panel member of PRASADA, Society of South Asian Studies, UK. She is State Convener of INTACH Haryana Chapter and member of National Committees under the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Human Resource Development, India.