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Associate Director, Purdue University

Ashima Krishna is an architect and historic preservation planner whose research spans the management of historic urban landscapes, and adaptive reuse of religious historic structures and landscapes. Dr. Krishna has examined issues related to historic preservation planning and urban conservation in United States and India and continues to highlight the ways in which the historic built environment can be preserved, managed, and planned for.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Director, Purdue University
  • 2020–present
    Assistant professor of practice, Purdue University
  • 2014–2020
    Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo


  • 2014 
    Cornell University, PhD in City and Regional Planning
  • 2009 
    Cornell University, MA in Historic Preservation Planning
  • 2005 
    School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, B.Arch


  • 2020
    Heritage Conservation in Postcolonial India: Approaches and Challenges,
  • 2019
    Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, Serendipitous conservation: faith-to-faith conversion of historic churches in Buffalo
  • 2019
    Preservation Education and Research, Rethinking the Historical Significance of Modern Architecture: Lessons from the Local Landmarking of Shoreline Apartments, a Low-Income Housing Project in Buffalo
  • 2016
    Journal of the American Planning Association, The Catalysts for Urban Conservation in Indian Cities: Economics, Politics, and Public Advocacy in Lucknow
  • 2014
    Change Over Time, The care and management of historic Hindu temples in India: An examination of preservation policies influenced by the Venice Charter in Non-Judeo-Christian contexts
  • 2013
    Forum Journal, Reincarnation of the Sacred Space: Issues in Adaptive Use of Hindu Temples in India