Archana Akhtar

Archana Saad Akhtar

Programme Officer, Design and Outreach at Aga Khan Development Network

1825 K ST NW STE 901, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
HQ Phone:
(202) 293-2537

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Programme Officer, Design & Outreach

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Archana Saad Akhtar, senior programme officer, design and outreach, AKTC, said the project had three broad objectives: heritage conservation; environment development, and restoring historical urban landscapes; and improving the quality of life of the residents of the adjoining Nizamuddin Basti through socio-economic initiatives.
"Work started with a detailed conservation plan by compiling archival research on the site and the monument, high definition surveys, structural assessments, and reviews of proposals by national and international experts. The team referred to national and international conservation charters to ensure the solutions proposed were in line with them," explained Ms. Akhtar. We strongly feel that a lot can be achieved when government agencies, private organizations, and corporate houses come forward to restore and revitalize our heritage," remarked Ms. Akhtar. On this project, they not only found employment, but also got an opportunity to display their skills," said Ms. Akhtar. It provided a stone-by-stone assessment of the entire façade, helping the team conduct a detailed analysis and plan specific repairs," Ms. Akhtar added. They made a series of presentations to the civic bodies, government agencies, and opinion leaders to clear any doubts or apprehensions anyone might have regarding this major conservation work," Ms. Akhtar said.

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Our own heritage expert - Archana Saad Akhtar, who works with the Aga Khan foundation, may be accompanying us.

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