Ms Megha Chand Inglis PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Email:
chandinglism@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
off-site, Other
Research group:
Architectural History and Theory Group

Responsibilities

Chand Inglis is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Welsh School of Architecture. She is responsible for researching the shifting cultures of work of the Sompura community of temple architects, from the late nineteenth century to the present. This involves conducting archival research held informally with ‘temple architects’ in Ahmedabad, as well as the colonial archive at India Office Records, and the more recent archive of Sompura designed temples in UK local authorities. A substantial part of her research involves understanding situated, everyday notions of codification and design practices, involving oral history work, field visits to 20th and 21st century projects in India and the UK, as well as ancient sites in India revered by the Sompuras, live construction sites and a range of carving factories in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Chand Inglis is organising a symposium titled ‘Indian temple architecture and Modernity’ to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture in September 2018 along with working towards journal articles and a monograph proposal with interested publishers. Chand Inglis lectures in the undergraduate History and Theory module ‘Issues in Contemporary Architecture’ at the WSA.

External activities

Teaching fellow in History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Peer reviewer, South Asian Studies

Other information

Conference Presentations:

  • Chand Inglis, Megha (forthcoming). ‘Modernity, Texts and Temple Makers’. To be presented at: American Council for South Asia Art Symposium: Symposium XVIII, South Asia Institute, Harvard University, October 2017
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘Producing a temple at West Bromwich: Cultures of work and the querying of history’. Presented at Architecture and Building Labour, ProBE Centre for the Study of the Built Environment, University of Westminster, 2016
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘Partnerships with technology: transcultural contexts of western Indian temple traditions’. Presented at Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, 2016
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. “Our history is weak” at This Thing called Theory, 15th annual AHRA Conference, Leeds Beckett University, 2015
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘Translating the life of the labourer into the lifeworld of the karigar: factory processes and relations in Indian temple production’. Presented at Industries of Architecture: Relations, Process, Production, 14th Annual AHRA conference, Newcastle University, 2014
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘Rearticulating the past’. Presented at Built environment, Knowledge, Praxis: Postcolonial Conversations between India and the UK. Presented at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 2014
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘A native sthapati’s response to a colonial drawing archive’. Presented at Conference of the European Association for  South Asian Archaeology and Art, Stockholm, 2014
  • Chand Inglis, Megha. ‘Translating Culture: a view from temple builders of Western India’. Presented  at Removing the divide: respecting and understanding cultures, Cardiff University, 2014

Research interests

Chand Inglis is interested in transcultural dimensions to notions of tradition which consider the relations between practices that are selective, those that are adaptive and negotiated, as well as those that are ‘handed down’; everyday cultures of work; relations between subaltern, popular and academic knowledge; provisionalities between codified knowledge and architecture; transculturation, translation, transgressions in spatial cultures; taste; globality; architectural history and postcolonial studies.


Megha Chand Inglis is an architect and architectural historian specialising in modern histories of architectural traditions that are formed at the juncture of South Asia and the globe. She is interested in the intersections of local genealogies of traditions with global histories such as colonial bureaucracy, conservation aesthetics, art and architectural history, transnational patronage, global economic flows, labour and production processes. Chand Inglis explored these intersections in her recently completed PhD (2016) from the Welsh School of Architecture titled ‘Reimagining Tradition: the Sompura hereditary temple architects of Gujarat’, which looks at the creative negotiations with modern cultural arenas evident in the lived architectural and textual practices of the Sompura community of temple architects, between the late 19th and the 21st century.

Chand Inglis is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust award as part of a research project at the Welsh School of Architecture on temple making traditions of North India, until August 2019. In 2011 she was awarded Cardiff University’s President’s Scholarship to pursue her PhD. She has received two Architectural Research Fund travel grants from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She has presented her work on a number of international platforms. In 1999 she was awarded the RIBA President’s medal for her postgraduate diploma dissertation. She has taught history and theory of architecture from the postcolonial field through devised seminar series and lectures at the University of East London and then at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she continues her involvement. Her teaching and research is, in small but significant measure, informed by working in a number of innovative architectural practices in London both on the construction site and the office. Chand Inglis trained as an architect at the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi (1992-1995) and subsequently won a scholarship to complete her BSc in Architecture (1996) and PG Diploma in Architecture (1999) from the University of East London.