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Madras Inherited

The vision for Madras Inherited streams from a larger vision for Heritage Awareness, Preservation and Conservation in the city. An entrenched passion for architecture, history and heritage led to the formation of the initiative. It was named Madras Inherited as it looks at the city's heritage as something shared and inherited by the city's occupants.

We work in the following areas:

1. Cultural Heritage Tourism, predominantly conducting physical and virtual heritage walks around the city
2. Undertaking Architectural Heritage projects
3. Providing Heritage Education for schools
4. Conducting Workshops for colleges and community
5. Curating and executing Community Outreach Programmes that activate public spaces
6. Undertaking Research in the field of heritage.

Meet the Core Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Passion is key when it comes to working towards the preservation of heritage in the city. Our team is made of individuals who are deeply invested in understanding and generating awareness about the history, culture, and heritage in all its forms in the city of Chennai.

A passion for creating a radical change in the scenario of heritage in the city and introducing the aspect of Cultural Heritage Tourism led Tahaer to co-found Madras Inherited. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University and his Masters in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. He takes great pride in and enjoys sharing his knowledge through lectures and collaborative discussions with keen minds at various architecture and design schools in the State.

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Tahaer Zoyab


 Tahaer is an Architect and Urban designer by profession and has 13 years of experience in the field. 

B. Arch, M.S. Architecture and Urban Design

Anupriya’s strength lies in addressing challenges with focused problem-solving and envisions the work with a design perspective. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai. She pursued a Masters in Interior Design at Pratt Institute in New York, following which she co-founded Triple O Studio, triple o PIXEL and Madras Inherited with Ar. Tahaer Zoyab. She has taught at MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) for three years and has been a visiting faculty at other architecture colleges across the city.

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Anupriya Subbian

Co-founder and Trustee

Anupriya is an architect and an interior designer by profession, with 13 years of experience.

B. Arch, M.S. Interior Design

Binsan has been working with Madras Inherited in capturing and celebrating the inherent beauty of heritage buildings in the language of visuals for the past three years. He has contributed to building a photographic database of heritage in the city. Working on the 'Vanishing Heritage' project in Sidhpur for the Sahapedia-UNESCO grant is one of his milestones. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Sathyabama University.

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Binsan Oommen Baby

In-house Photographer

Binsan is a moulded architecture photographer with over 6 years of experience.

B. Arch

Ashmitha has interned under Dr. Benny Kuriakose and was part of the team that worked on the conceptualisation and design for the adaptive reuse of a 300-year-old building in Prague. She currently heads the operations at Madras Inherited, where her work varies from developing and leading bilingual heritage walks to conceptualising and designing the area of heritage education and research, apart from actively handling other areas of work. Born and raised in Chennai, she strongly believes that the cultural and historical heritage of a city plays a vital role in guiding society towards a holistic development. 

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Ashmitha Athreya

Head of Operations, Trustee &

Lead Storyteller

Ashmitha is an architect and heritage professional with over 6 years of experience.

B. Arch, PG Dip. in Heritage Studies

Zoyab has over 35 years of experience in the field and has vast experience in the educational field, having been a member of inspection teams of the Council of Architecture, AICTE and the Board of Studies, at Andhra University. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University and his post-graduation in Town and Country Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He has been at the forefront to document the heritage houses of the Dawoodi Bohra Community in Sidhpur and has published three titles and several journal articles on Sidhpur.

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Zoyab Alihussain


Zoyab is a senior architect and planner by profession, with over 35 years of experience in the field.

B. Arch, P.G.Dip.TCP (HCP)

Team Members

Past Team Members

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