Sacred and Secular Architecture

Architecture pervades our life, learn about the sacred, profane and the secular.

How does architecture evolve and blend into the present, how does it influence identity? what are the nuances of architecture and its place in the past?

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Architecture pervades our life, learn about the sacred, profane and the secular.

Learn about the sacred and profane as it plays out in architectural built forms. Students will engage with architecture, context, landscape and how it all connects to a lived experience from the past unto the present.

7 Day Course starting from July 2022
Our Higher Himalayan Courses are in-depth and include all materials (readings, access to library, stationary), accommodation at the HICHS Himalayan Residency for the first five applicants. The rest will use a discount code and pay to stay with our Partner Cottages on Campus

Skills Gained:

  • Ability to read architectural forms in the Western Himalayas
  • Ability to understand identity and architecture from an anthropological approach
  • Understanding the past for a sustainable future

Recommended For:

Archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians,art historians and just about anyone who wants to know about Himalayan architecture.

  • Sonali Gupta LL.B., Ph.D. (UCLA) specializes in Archaeology and has worked for nearly a decade in Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. She is an anthropological archaeologist and has led the first international field school in India under her project “Myth and Reality in the Himalayas.” She has taught at UCLA, the National Museum, New Delhi, and her Institute of which she is the Founding Director, the Himalayan Institute of Cultural & Heritage Studies, situated in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Her core area of research is cultural transmission of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She has various projects in collaboration with Flinders University, Institute of Field Research, University of Delhi and, the Archaeological Survey of India


  • Gayathri Hegde*, M.A, World Heritage Studies, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
    A. Cultural Heritage, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia a Heritage conservation practitioner with work experience and interests in site management, exploring nature-culture linkages, community engagement and traditional knowledge systems (tangible and intangible)

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Our Residency:

The first 5 registered students get the opportunity to stay in our residency for free. Check out our residency below:

Partner Cottages:

For those who were not early enough to get a free stay, don’t feel bad, we’ve got partner cottages at special discounts.

Post the enrollment, the students will be informed about the availability for the free stay. The others will be given special vouchers for availing the discount in our partner cottages.


Is it a certificate course ?

Yes, you will get an e-certificate on completion of the course (during that month)

Will I be able to get a recording ?

Yes, you will get a recording link for a limited time only if you miss a class

Is this course good for me ? I am a beginner.

Yes, this course is tailored for everyone.

What are the general timings of the course ? Can we get recordings if enrolling from another time zone?

The timings are usually in the evening, Indian Standard Time, if you are in another time zone, we can record the sessions for you.

How do I pay ? Form of payment ?

You click on the "Enroll Now" button and transfer through Razor pay to the HICHS Foundation

Are you going to offer this course again?

Please keep checking the website. We may repeat it in due course.

Is this an online course ?

Yes, this is a virtual course with active engagement with students.
For the Middle Himalaya course, students get assignments and are graded as well.

In case of a technical glitch, will the lesson be rescheduled ?

Yes, the lesson will be rescheduled