Krupali Uplekar Krusche

Academic Director Rome Studies Program and Associate Professor

Prof. Krupali Uplekar Krusche teaches architectural design and historic preservation in the Rome Program of the School of Architecture. Since 2007 she has founded and directs DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis) research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites. Since 2008, the team started its first major project by documenting four renaissance age major tomb monuments in India, one of them being Taj Mahal.

In January 2012, they conducted their second phase of the project, including 3D scanning of Akbar's and Itmud-ud-daulah's tomb in partnership with the Archeological Survey of India. The proposal is extended to start a Yamuna River front study for this area in the next four years. In 2010, she and her team started documenting the world renowned Roman Forum, Rome, Italy in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the Archaeological Service, Rome. A 3D Exhibit and International Conference, 'The Digital Future of World Heritage' was conducted in partnership of United States Embassy to Italy, NASA, UNESCO and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. Both projects are part of the four year agreement with the World Heritage Center of UNESCO. A book with two volumes on the Roman Forum is forthcoming. 

Prof. Krusche co-authored a book with Vinayak Bharne titled Rediscovering the Hindu Temple, Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming fall 2012. 

Prof. Krusche received her Master's from Dessau, where the Bauhaus architecture first originated.  She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bombay University, India.



American Students in Italy: DHARMA Project

Revisiting the Roman Forum: From Pen to Pixel

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Roman Architecture
  • Architectural Illustration
  • Architectural Technology
  • Historic Preservation
  • Sacred Architecture

Recently Taught Courses

ARCH 41121 Design VI 

ARCH 41111 Design V 

ARCH 50411 Research & Documentation of Historic Buildings

ARCH 57421 Special Studies: Documentation and Preservation of World Heritage

ARCH 60511 Structures I

Krupali Uplekar Krusche