Preservation, Restoration and Upgrade of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIMA), is under an ongoing conservation project to preserve, restore and upgrade the built fabric of the iconic and modern heritage structures designed by Louis I. Kahn, in India. These include eighteen dormitory buildings and the main complex (the school) housing four faculty blocks, the classroom complex and the Vikram Sarabhai library building. The project entails carrying out a detailed study of the cultural significance of the buildings, conducting surveys for preparation of as-built drawings, building condition mapping and assessment, preparation and execution of a detailed conservation plan and strategies for restoration, retrofitting and upgrading the built fabric along with its spatial expression, with due consideration to both its status as a significant work of 20th century monumental architecture and as a premier management institute of the country.

How to Cite

Somaya, B. (2018). Preservation, Restoration and Upgrade of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India. Docomomo Journal, (58), 66–70.





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Author Biography

Brinda Somaya, Cornell University

Architect and urban conservationist. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College, USA, she started her firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College, USA. She is also the recipient of the Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Indian Institute of Architects – and is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. She has recently been appointed by Cornell University, USA as the AD White Professor-at-large.