Tipnis chosen for top French honour -min
Conservation architect Aishwarya Tipnis will be conferred the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight in the National Order Arts and Letters) by French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler. She has been chosen for France's top cultural award for her "outstanding commitment" to the preservation of French heritage in India
Delhi-based conservation architect Aishwarya Tipnis will be conferred the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight in the National Order Arts and Letters) by French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler. She has been chosen for France’s top cultural award for her “outstanding commitment” to the preservation of French heritage in India. This prestigious award honours people who have distinguished themselves in the field of art.
In the past, renowned architect Raj Rewal was the recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction. Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre, was conferred the distinction in 2012.
An alumnus of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in New Delhi, Tipnis, has done her MSc in European Urban Conservation from University of Dundee. At present, Tipnis is the Principal Architect and Conservation Planner at Aishwarya Architects and is also a visiting faculty at SPA.
Tipnis has devoted herself to conservation of heritage in the country, and has worked on several landmark projects, which have won laurels for the country. In 2016, her work on Mahidpur Fort in Madhya Pradesh won an Award of Merit while a restoration project at the Doon School in Dehradun, earned an honourable mention in the UNESCO Award for Heritage Conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.