Sara Keller

Architectural History

Sara Keller works on the architectural landscape of South Asian cities. Since 2010 she is an affiliated researcher at the “Orient et Méditerranée” Research Centre in France and since 2019 a postdoctoral researcher at the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations” at the Max Weber Centre in Erfurt, Germany. [1]

She specialises in sacred architecture and the intangible dimensions of space. In order to define complex socio-cultural contexts of the past, she explores a multidisciplinary approach based on the study of historical sources and building archaeological surveys of monuments and urban structures. She especially works on South Asia with projects on port cities, historical East-West intangible transfers and the hydraulic architecture of Western India.

[1] Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – FOR 2779.




Sarah Kusebauch

Pedagogical Sciences

Sarah Kusebauch has a Bachelor of Arts in Primary and Elementary Education. She is currently completing her Master of Education at the University of Erfurt. In addition to teaching, she has diverse interests that led to a position as a research assistant at the Max Weber Centre in Erfurt in 2019. There she is working with the DFG project “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations”.

Since 2019, Sarah Kusebauch has been contributing to MIWA with bibliographical research, conference organisation and as editor of the blog.




Prakhar Vidyarthi

Architecture, History of architecture

Prakhar Vidyarthi is assistant professor at the Institute of Technology and Management, SAAD, Vadodara, where he gives classes on History of Architecture, Design Studio and Construction. He did his graduation in Architecture and a post-graduation in Visual Arts. Prakhar Vidyarthi’s passion about the ancient Indian architecture – understanding history not only through drawings but through theories and stories – is reflected by his experiences as an architecture practitioner and a teacher. Recently, he headed in documentation competition of Water Heritage organized by INTACH, focusing on ghâts and temples on Vishwamitri river of Vadodara.

Currently, Prakhar Vidyarthi contributes to the MIWA project with his expertise on heritage prospection and architectural survey.




Students of the ITM-School of Architecture, Art and Design (SAAD), Vadodara

Architecture, environmental architecture  

A group of 9 students of the ITM-SAAD, Vadodara participate to the project on ‘The stepwell and its atmosphere’. Trained in architectural design and environmental studies, the students carried out series of atmospheric and affective measurements in the Sevāsī Vāv in Vadodara (c. 1486 CE). The collected data helps generating an image on the sensory environment of the stepwell, a common water place of pre-modern South Asian cities. The project is connected to current studies on environmental architecture and radical geography.

For this project,
Jay Vaishnav, Het Gajjar, Dhairya Patel
Bhavtik Tank, Disha Kasundra, Umang Desai, Vivek Dubey
Deep Prajapati, Nishi Patel, Bhavika Kaushik (as in picture above, © Prakhar Vidyarthi 2022)
are guided by their teacher Prakhar Vidyarthi and the project is supported by the ITM-SAAD, Vadodara and  Dean Dr Dipali Kulkarni.




Krutarth Bhatt


Krutarth Bhatt is an experienced student at the Department of History of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU). Besides a Bachelor in History, he also holds a Bachelor degree in Botany and in Music. He gained significant research experience as a project assistant at the Haribhakti Centre for Historical Research and Studies and as an intern in the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS), The MSU. In 2019 he attended the Urban Heritage Documentation Training Workshop organised by INTACH-Vadodara Municipal Corporation. The same year he joined another workshop on Urban Ecosystems at the Centre for Urban Studies at Architecture Department, The MSU.

Abhi Sanghani

Art History

Abhi Sanghani is a post grad in Art History with a specialization in Architecture from M.S. University, Baroda. He is currently affiliated with the IIM Ahmedabad as a Research Associate and with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania as a PhD student.  Formerly, he has been associated as a Research Assistant with the MANDU project at the French Institute of Pondicherry and as a Teaching Associate at CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

He is interested in understanding how different societies of past and present associate with land, water and resources in the semi-arid regions of Western and Central India. His research areas concern understanding the early modern trade, urban provisioning, architecture, land use, and mobility in medieval and early modern cities of Gujarat, Malwa, and Khandesh through hydraulic structures, geomorphology, environmental and landscape history.

He is contributing to the MIWA Project with the landscape, and archaeological surveys and GIS mapping of the historical waterbodies of urban centres in Western India.

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