Dr George Michell

George Michell is a world authority on South Asian architecture, and amongst the most distinguished architectural scholars alive today. He was born in Australia and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Melbourne in 1968. After receiving his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London — publishing a thesis on the architecture of ancient Chalukya temples around Badami in Karnataka — he made the study of Deccani architecture and archaeology his life's work. He has spent over 30 years researching and cataloging the enormous ruined city of Hampi Vijayanagara, among many other historical sites in the region, and published over 50 books (including The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India). Seeing the monuments he made a career studying threatened by inconsiderate development, their beauty unknown either within India or worldwide, he joined up with Mary Anne and Helen to start the DHF and is one of our Trustees. George lives in London with his partner and splits his time between research trips to the Deccan and writing about its ancient architecture at home. You can find some of his books on our Publications page, and a video playlist of his lecture series Treasures of the Deccan is available on YouTube.

Treasures of the Deccan ran throughout October 2013 at the SOAS Lecture Theatre and was sponsored by the Bagri Foundation.