Dharatal is a Sanskrit word which means the surface of the Earth. 
We are an Indo - European design collective with a focus on local communities, their heritage and landscapes. The atelier was established in 2016 and embarked upon a diverse range of work, from design to policy making to speculative research projects.


As a design and development agency we provide innovative case specific solutions while trying to harness the constraints of the projects. The atelier engages a distinctive group of experts based on the need of each project. Dharatal has an extended network in form of international collaborations and ongoing projects in and around India.

We follow a strict no-discrimination policy and respect and engage with individuals belonging to all social or religious backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.


We strive to conserve and interpret local cultural and traditional wisdom while catering to the contemporary need for development. This vision is reflected in our design of landscapes and buildings.

Team members


Nishant Upadhyay




Anjaneya Sharma



Nishant Upadhyay is a conservation architect trained at KU Leuven, Belgium, as a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus EXPERT scholarship where he is also a doctoral researcher. He is a TEDx Speaker, Executive Committee member and Central zone representative (MP and UP) of ICOMOS India.

He is presently an International Heritage Expert to UNESCO New Delhi & Dhaka office and member to ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes. 


Viorel Acsinte



Anjaneya Sharma is presently working as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, AKTU, Lucknow, India.


He is a landscape architect and a doctorate from IIT Roorkee, India. His research interests are landscape and conservation. He is Hon. Research Advisor for the academic collaborations and research projects.

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Hannah John



Viorel is the proprietor of Dharatal Belgium. He is trained as an architect at the Faculty of Architecture and Art in Hasselt University, Belgium. He is a V-Ray user officially certified by CGworld with strong ray tracing and 3D modeling knowledge combined with a good understanding of parametric design. 

As a Romanian - Belgian architectural designer, sculptor and painter, he has an expertise in visual language and a skilful eye for proportions and a sensitive use of material for designs.


Ravi Kumar Kawre


Hannah is an architect hailing from Bangalore who graduated with an M.Sc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU Leuven.

Her experience includes design, heritage research and outreach projects in Bangalore. Hannah has a keen interest in the urban heritage of India and its complexities.


Shreya Dwivedi


Ravi is an architect with a degree in urban design from SPA Bhopal.


He has worked on urban design and research projects in Bhopal, Amaravati and Hyderabad. He has keen interest in making urban level maps, data analysis and infographics.

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Hrishikesh Baskaran



Shreya is an Architect based in Lucknow and a graduate from KRVIA, Mumbai. Having participated in documenting the towns of Anegundi , Chakrata and Ajmer she developed a keen interest in Heritage and Cultural Studies; studying them primarily through local narratives. Her graduation thesis also focused on the revival of the Cultural Landscape of Lucknow. 

Additionally, she was also selected for International Workshop Exchanges at TU, Delft and UBC, Vancouver.

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Dr. Harsh Pathak


Mr. Hrishikesh Baskaran holds a M.Sc. Population and Development from London School of Economics and Political Science, with a keen interest in Heritage, Tourism and Sustainability. He worked with the Government of Telangana on conserving Old Hyderabad‘s Historic Heritage and until recently with Ernst & Young where he served as a consultant to the Thane Municipal Corporation. Having lived in India, Singapore and South Africa, he is passionate about travelling, culture and policy and wishes to bring on that expertise to conservation.


Dr. Harsh Pathak is a legal counsel by profession with keen interest in natural, cultural and historical heritages.

With his exposure and experience of two decades in profession, he has been associated with various educational institutions in India and abroad as legal counsel or visiting faculty and also engaged in various conservation projects of natural, built, tangible and intangible heritages, underwater sea heritages, Indian Himalayan Region for conservation of glaciers and culture.

Dr. Pathak is an associate member of ICOMOS India.