Prof. Krupali Uplekar Krusche teaches architectural design and historic preservation. She is completing her Ph.D on urban-planning aspects of historical cities and transforming city centers at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. Prof. Krusche received her Master's from Dessau, where the Bauhaus architecture first originated. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bombay University, India.
Before joining Notre Dame, Prof. Krusche worked with the Structural Design Department at the Technical University of Dresden. Prof. Krusche is also a chair of INTBAU-India. In this role, she led a team of 26 architects and architecture students in producing a proposal for the revitalization of Mumbai Mills. Since then she has been directing students at Notre Dame in developing a strong understanding for traditional architecture in India.
In 2007, Prof. Krusche started the DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis) research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites. In 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 2010, she and her team documented 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 is being planned as a result of this project in 2013/14 at the forum site. 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. Both projects are being planned in partnership with the World Heritage Center of UNESCO.
Prof. Krusche co-authored a book with Vinayak Bharne titled Rediscovering the Hindu Temple, Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming fall 2012.
Areas of Expertise
- Ancient Roman Architecture
- 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
Doktoringenieur (Dr.-Ing.), Urban Planning, (under progress), Technical University Dresden, Germany.
Masters of Architecture, Spring 2003, Hochschule Anhalt, Germany.
Bachelor of Architecture, Spring 2001, L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, India.
Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture, USA Summer School, 1997, London, UK.
RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS
2006, Merle D. Blue Excellence in Humanities Award, Northern Indiana Historic Society.
2006, Southhold Award for Historical Preservation, The Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County.
RECENT RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Nov 2008, Grant funding 20,000$, Study architecture of Saxon Villages, Romania
Sponsor – joint funding by Nanovic Institute, ISLA and Medieval Institute,
Oct 2008, Grant funding 84,800$, Course Development Grant
Sponsor – Center for Social Concerns, Position – Principal Investigator
April 2008, Seed grant funding 84,800$, by Office of Vice President for Research
Sponsor – University of Notre Dame, Position – Principal Investigator
Dec 2006, 3D Laser Scanner and Photogrammetry 85,000$, Equipment Restoration and Renewal program, Sponsor – University of Notre Dame
March 2006, Conference on New Architecture and the development of an Indian Tradition
Sponsor - Nabha Foundation and INTBAU, Position – Chair INTBAU India
March 2004 till March 2005, Joint Doctorate Program in Europe
Sponsor - EUA – European Universities Association European Commission
Jan – March 2005, Workshop on revitalization of Mumbai Mills, India 55,600$
Sponsor – Prince of Wales Trust & British Council
March 2003 – Feb 2004, IQN – International Quality Network for PhD researchers
Sponsor – DAAD (German foreigner exchange service)
May 2004, Workshop in Laslea Commune, Romania
Sponsor - PREM – Preparing Romania for European Membership
Sept 2003 – Nov 2004, Preparing the Master Course in Architectural and Structural design of Masonry, Sponsor – TUDIAS (Technical University Dresden)
K.Uplekar, “Historic Preservation and its relevance today, Examination of Dresden's Frauenkirche in Light of the Venice Charter” in The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism & Conservation in the Postwar World, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp 446-461
K.Uplekar, "Transforming Historic City Centres: Integrated Approach of Urban Design and Historic Preservation" in New Architecture and Urbanism, Development of Indian Traditions, D. Prasad, ed. (New Delhi: INTBAU India, 2008): 103–6
K.Uplekar, “Reconstruction of Frauenkirche,” 11th Issue of ‘Sacred Architecture’, January 2006.
CURRENT ACADEMIC, PUBLIC SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Mar 2007, Advisory Committee Member for Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St.Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Jan 2007, Advisory Committee Member for Northern Indiana Center for History, Indiana, USA
Oct 2007, Founding member of INTBAU USA
Nov 2007, Member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Feb 2008, Advisory committee member, Cyark (non-profit organization that digitally preserves cultural heritage sites), Orinda, California.
July 2008, Member of The National museum of American History
Oct 2004, Founding member of INTBAU Germany
Jan 2004, Chair and Founding member of INTBAU India
Nov 2003, Member of Council of European Urbanism (CEU)
Aug 2003, Management Committee Member of INTBAU International
May 2002, Licensed Architect, Council of Architecture, India (COA)
June 1997, Member of Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture Alumni (POWIA)