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Delnaaz Kharadi

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Curriculum Vitae


M.Arch with Concentration in Urbanism and Grad Minor in Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
B.Arch, South Gujarat University.


Delnaaz is a Ph.D. student in a dual-title Ph.D. program in Art history/Asian Studies. She specializes in the architectural production, ritual use, cultural value, and iconography of Zoroastrian art and architecture. She belongs to the Parsi community of India, an ethnic minority of Zoroastrian faith, whose long and complicated history influences both her scholarly interests and personal worldview. She looks into the Zoroastrian diaspora in India and traces their aesthetic roots back to Persia (modern-day Iran) from where Zoroastrians migrated in 760 A.D. She builds a comparative analysis of Zoroastrian art and architecture with Classical Greek and Roman traditions and investigates their mutual influences.

Awards and Services:

Student Member, Society of Architectural Historians, USA, 2020 onwards.

Student Affiliate, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 onwards.

Licensed Architect, Council of Architecture India, 2018 onwards.

Research Interests:

Zoroastrian art and architecture

South Asian art and architecture