Miss Anisha Meggi

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: p10528065@my365.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Anisha Meggi is a Ph.D candidate and part time lecturer/ tutor at Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University. She has 5 years of higher education lecturing and tutoring experience covering a range of modules teaching within design studio, technology, dissertations, discourses and research methods.Anisha's PhD thesis focuses on opportunities of bottom-up adaptive reuse of privately-owned heritage structures within cultural neighbourhoods in Indian cities that would usually be demolished. 

Anisha’s research underpins topic areas such as urban regeneration, adaptive reuse of heritage structures, colonial interventions on Indian urban landscapes along with the people, cultures and architecture that have assimilated as a result. Anisha’s research has benefited from a succession of field trips to her primary case study, Diu Island a former Portuguese Island. This is in addition to field trips to Jaipur, Udaipur and Ahmedabad where she has accumulated experiences in urban mapping, surveying of buildings and conducting of interviews with key stakeholders.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

Accepted Paper titled : “Understanding the difficult whole: The structures of Diu Town” submitted to Draw Digital Connections for the Publication : “Representing Complexity And Contradiction In Landscape” , Editors: Prof. Fabio Bianconi, Prof. Marco Filippucci, University of Perugia, https://hes32-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.digitaldrawconnections.com&umid=277351a9-dd8e-4651-990c-264ef8f5cc60&auth=abf3dc013bb623204479f0e1f803993cdb4617ca-43ca6a45fafbfe0c7de359c9afdb0aa735efbb37 

Meggi, A. (2017) ‘Towards a digital heritage: Evaluating methods of heritage interpretation, diu town – a case study’, International Journal of Heritage Architecture: Studies, Repairs and Maintence, 2(3), pp. 406–416. doi: 10.2495/HA-V2-N3-406-416. 

Meggi, A. (2018a) ‘Drawing by Models : beyond the physical’, in Ray, L. (ed.) Art Materiality and Representation. London: SOAS, RAI. Available at: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/rai2018#6059. 

Meggi, A. and Hadi, H. (2020) ‘The Atmospheric Skin of Diu Town Examining Facades’, in Borlini, M. M., Loreto, L. di, and Amadori, C. (eds) Urban Corporis The City and the Skin. 1st edn. USA: Lulu.com, pp. 150–158. 

Meggi, A. and Hadi, Y. (2019) ‘Invisible Borders, Physical Fragmentation; Diu Town’, in Urbanism at Borders Conference CFP - Malaga, Spain. Malga: La Escuela de Arquitectura en Málaga. 

Triboan, D. and Meggi, A. (2019) ‘Reformulating a Smart Home System for the Indian Context: Diu Island’, International Journal of Design And Ecodynamics, 14(4), pp. 299–310.

Research interests/expertise

Architecture Heritage and Urbanism focusing on Indian cultural neighbourhoods

Areas of teaching

Ba (Hons) Architecture and MA Architectural Design ; Architecture Design, Architecture Contextual Studies/Theory, Research Methods & Discourses


BA ( Hons ) Architecture, M.Arch

Conference attendance

Meggi, A. (2018b) ‘Representing the Colony: Documenting the Other Perspective’, in Historical Perspectives Global Communities Conference, 8-9th June. Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Available here.

Meggi, A. (2019) Diuenses : Documenting transnational urban interventions. Leicester. Available at: https://architecture-migration.our.dmu.ac.uk/the-symposium/.

PhD project

PhD title

Towards Reusing Private Non-Monumental Architecture: Diu Town


Every town needs a set of old buildings, plain, ordinary low-value buildings. However, in India old buildings are being demolished by owners, developers and authorities.

In Diu Town, a former Portuguese colony, older buildings are being abandoned, neglected and left to ruin with native heritage owners being migrants’ structures are demolished and new homogenous concrete residential blocks constructed at a rapid pace. As a result, the distinct Mediterranean essence of the town is being lost. The construction of commercial tourism-related infrastructure adds to the loss of identity and culture for the town.
A sequence of onsite urban mappings and building surveys of the primary case, this research documents and analyses the urban fabric of Diu Town consolidating Diuenses seemingly conflicting issues of treatment of urban heritage environments, their devalued status and the complexities between owners, local authorities and globalised aspirations by reconnecting key stakeholders.

The research formulates an approach in the form of a set of bottom-up guidelines for the owners of privately-owned heritage structures in Diu Town to be informed and guided for the future treatment of their structures. Rather than attempt to list the structures and restrict development or modification through bureaucracy and legal matters, the guidelines will allow for disconnected diaspora members to be influenced and directed towards a bottom-up regeneration approach where owners can better utilise their heritage buildings for the town and their own benefit. Also allowing for intangible heritage to be sustained, support and regeneration of the local economy and encouraging environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient methods within the building processes.

The thesis contributes in the area of bottom-up regeneration of cultural neighbourhoods in South Asia by undertaking of the “heritage” paradigm in a town affected by global influences and processes due to the native migrant populations.

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