Architectural Heritage Safeguarding
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CHETTINAD
CHETTINAD
CHETTINAD
CHETTINAD
CHETTINAD

Team
The NGO ArcHe-S is comprised of a team of national and international experts such as geographers, architects and urban planners, who monitor the different projects. This technical team is to be considered as the prefiguration of a future Chettinad Heritage Center.

Mr. Bernard Dragon and Mr. Michel Adment, Dravidian Culture enthusiasts and founders of ArcHe-S, are the authors of the UNESCO booklet on  Indian Heritage Passport Programme on Chettinad Heritage Trail in Tamil Nadu published in July 2010 in the framework of the Indian Heritage Passport Programme. They are architects specialized in cultural equipments such as Museum and Opera House as well as conservation. They have restored a Chettiar home and converted it into a Heritage Hotel. They have travelled extensively in the Chettinad region for more than 10 years and have thorough knowledge of South Indian Culture and People.

Ms. Marie Kindel has a Master Degree in Geography and Political Sciences. After writing a research paper on Chettinad heritage, she realized maps and specifications for a Geographical Information System in the framework of an internship at ArcHe-S contributing to the Atlas of Chettinad, supported by  French Regional Council, Région Centre in 2009 . She spent one year and half in India, working with various stakeholders such as NGO, local bodies or international organizations, such as ANVPAH&VSS & IHCN-F.

Session 2009/2010

One of the main aims of the Programmes between  French Regional Council, Région Centre and the State of Tamil Nadu, was to train young professionals and students in heritage field.
Saara Ansari, a young planner from Ecole d'ingénieurs Polytechnique de l'Université de Tours, France, came for a 4-months internship, contributing to the Atlas of Chettinad. Two  young Architects from SRM, Chennai, Aby Philip and Abdul Rahman Ansari have also contributed to the Atlas of Chettinad under the supervision of Ms. Sarita Varanda, Conservation Architect, SPA New Delhi.

Session 2011/2012

Ms. Silvia Talevi is a young Italian Architect specializing in conservation of sites and monuments, who after a Master Degree in Architecture, is completing her academic curriculum by a Master in Conservation at International Institute of Conservation Raymond Lemaire, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She works on a listing methodology for the Chettinad heritage in order to increase capacity building to local authorities of the region. A general inventories of the villages of Kanadukathan, Pallathur and Kothamangalam have been realized from November 2011 to  June 2012. A listing format adapted to the Chettinad heritage has been finalized by Silvia and Marie and was tested to the other villages during the 2011 Decentralized Cooperation Programme by the team of architects.

A young Indian architect from the School of Architecture of CEPT University, Ahmenabad, Gujarat, Mr. Shivang Shelat, has been appointed in support to Ms. Silvia Talevi, in order to complete the inventory works of the three villages and to verify in field the proposed method.

Six students of Meenakshi College of Engineering of Chennai, Vijayendra Shankar, Ramesh Balasubramanian, Judah Micheal, K. Dhamodharan Kulan Daivel, Mohamed Asiek, Giridaran, have been trained during a 10-day workshop by the team of ArcHe-S. A report is to restitute the data collected.

Session 2013

Ms. Caroline Horgnies is a young Belgium Interior Designer specializing in conservation of sites and monuments, who after a Master Degree in Architecture, is completing her academic curriculum by a Master in Conservation at International Institute of Conservation Raymond Lemaire, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She works on listing  and documentation of inteririors of Chettiar houses to argue and justify the criterion (ii) of the UNESCO guidelines in support to the to local authorities of the region for the potential classification of Chettinad as World Heritage Site.

Since its creation, ArcHe-S has been supported by experts in different areas for specific interventions to the project. Eminent personalities are regularly contributing to the project such as Ms. Minja Yang, former Director of UNESCO New Delhi & President of RLICC UK Leuven, Mr. Yves Dauge, retired Senator of France, UNESCO Special Advisor for Heritage Conservation, Pr. Rani Vedamuthu, Chairperson School of Architecture of Anna University, Ms. Nicole Bolomey and Ms. Moe Chiba, UNESCO Programme Culture Specialists, New Delhi, Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha, Retired IAS - Chairperson IHCN-F, Ms. Mireille Grubert, Director Ecole de Chaillot Paris, Mr. Paul Trouilloud, Chief Architect of the French Monuments, Ministry of the Culture, Mr. Robert Dulau, Chief Curator of the Museum of French Monuments, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, Mr. Jean Michel Galley, Assignement Manager ANVPAH&VSS, Pr. Serge Santelli, Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Belleville and Pr. Cathy Savourey, Planner and Professor at PolitechTours.