Platform for Architectural Transfers in the Indian Ocean rim
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Saptarshi Sanyal is an architectural historian, a conservation architect, and an educator in architecture. He is currently an Assistant Professor at New Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture. Saptarshi’s research interests lie at the intersections of colonialism, architectural modernity, intellectual history and the histories of work and production. It lays emphasis on the historiography of architecture as a process rather than just a product. His doctoral thesis, completed at the Bartlett, University College London, won an honourable mention at the University of California at Berkeley’s South Asia Art and Architecture Dissertation Prize (2023). Saptarshi's research has appeared in journals such as the Architecture Research Quarterly, ABE – Architecture Beyond Europe, SPACE and Landscape. He has taught architectural history and theory at the Bartlett, and contributed his research-driven teaching through lectures and workshops conducted in over twenty institutes in India.  
Sarah Melsens is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and FLAME University in Pune. Her research centres on the history and ethnography of architecture and construction in colonial and postcolonial South Asia. She has a particular interest in everyday architecture and the contributions of ‘forgotten’ city builders such as Indian engineers in the colonia Public Works Department, unsung architect-entrepreneurs, and building labour. Her current project looks at mobilising building site photographs in events of participatory historiography. Sarah is co-editor of 'ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe' and  'Construction History, International Journal of The Construction History Society'. She has taught at various architecture colleges in India including at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and is a founding member of the Pune Architectural History Archive (PAHA).

Saptarshi Sanyal             Sarah Melsens             Catherine Desai             Ishita Shah
          (President)                         (General Secretary)                    (Vice President)                      (Treasurer)