Heritage sites are of many forms, ranging from physical monuments to traditional craft practices and natural environments. Issues related to preservation of wide-ranging heritage sites, needs many different kinds of expertise and skill set. A heritage professional should be able to recognize different cultural assets, assess their relationship with the place and its people and respond creatively to keep the cultural landscapes intact with changing times. Thus, heritage design planning and management is a two year professional program at Srishti, grounded on the values of heritage interpretation and community participation.
If you believe that cultural and natural heritage is valuable to the process of place-making, if you feel strongly that communities play a strong role in sustaining heritage and if you are passionate about employing your creative skills and strategic thinking to revival / protection of your own heritage assets, then you are well suited to be a professional who will design, and plan for heritage management holistically.
Anyone with a four year undergraduate degree and sensitivity towards issues of heritage identification, preservation and management can apply. Applicants from diverse backgrounds like design, humanities, arts, architecture, business, law, geography, social sciences and any other are invited.
You will engage with different forms and aspects of heritage through a variety of place-based studio exercises, along with students from diverse backgrounds. You will also explore related subjects like environment, history, law, entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, politics, and so on, which will inform your understanding and practice as a heritage professional. Over the two years, you will analyze different complexities of heritage sites and evolve your own innovative approach towards its preservation.
The course in Heritage Design Planning and Management delivers an ideal qualification for students who aspire to work with cultural organizations like museums, archives, conservationists, art centers, etc. Further, you could also work with tourism sector, not-for-profit organizations, research centers, architects and planners, publishing houses, and creative practices like branding, communication, strategy design, or pursue further research as a doctoral candidate.