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About our Founder Architect

Our Founder, Yashaswini Sharma, is a practising Architect, Academician, Author and Researcher. She completed B.Arch from B.M.S.C.E., Bengaluru, and her  M.Phil in Architectural Research from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University (PRASADA-AHTG,W.S.A.), U.K. Her practice spans a varied range from contemporary, heritage architecture to smaller scale urban interventions to conserve tangible heritage of Bengaluru.

The designs of EA have evolved from each project’s requirements while balancing it with sustainability goals.

Yashaswini is collaborating with Prof. Adam Hardy of Cardiff University, through her practice Esthétique Architects, on a unique temple project which will be built in the manner of the ornate eleventh century 'Hoysaḷa' style at Venkatapura, Kolar, which is based on research perspectives of the rich repertoire of building traditions of the time and region. She has done field-work assistance and measured drawings of Chalukya and Hoysala temples for the AHRC funded Indian Temple project, and has been an Examiner, Juror, and Guest Lecturer in various architectural engineering colleges. She has also been at the forefront of community driven initiatives to secure tangible heritage of Bengaluru city through EA Samrakshaney, a conservation programme initiated by Esthétique Architects. Notable among these initiatives is the pro-bono Design of a Mantapa in Ganga style of Architecture to house the recently discovered 8th century Inscription in Hebbala, and Heritage documentation of the 17th century Kote Venkataramana Swamy temple in Bengaluru. The Documentation Report was released during India Heritage Week in 2018 by the Maharaja of Mysuru, HH Yaduveer K C Wadiyar. Through this programme, she has also been able to raise awareness and support for conservation of historic buildings such as Janata Bazaar and the redesign of World War 1 Memorial in R T Nagar. Another detailed documentation was done of the University Union building of BCU through a heritage documentation workshop in collaboration with Masons Ink. Presently, she is involved in the restoration and adaptive re-use of Government Girls High School (HVN Bungalow) in Malleshwaram.

Yashaswini is the author of the book 'Bangalore: The Early City, AD 1537 - 1799,' which traces the development of Bangalore/ Bengaḷūru city, focusing on the architecture and settlement pattern of its earliest urban area, the Pētē, and the oval Fort. She is a former Associate Professor at the Dayananda Sagar College of Architecture in Bengaluru.

Yashaswini is the recipient of many awards including the Nadaprabhu KempeGowda Award of 2020 for Heritage Conservation. She has penned many research papers, written articles for leading newspapers, given guest lectures at reputed colleges in the city and been part of many panel discussions. She has been also associated with the IISc for the Smart City Workshop that was held in 2018 amongst other initiatives.

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