Ashima Krishna’s interest in all things historic developed while growing up in the city of Lucknow in Northern India. However it was during her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in architecture (2005) that she was introduced to conservation and historic preservation.
Ashima received her M.A. in historic preservation and planning from Cornell University in 2008. During her studies, Ashima worked with three conservation architectural firms in different cities in India; Romi Khosla Design Studios (New Delhi) in 2004, ANB Consultants (Lucknow) in 2005–06, and Abha Narain Lambah Associates (Mumbai) in 2007. These firms involved her in a variety of projects including: landscape, conservation, interiors, urban development, adaptive reuse, and commercial architecture. Her principal interests remain in preservation and conservation of the built heritage and how they interface with issues of community planning. Ashima plans to continue with more detailed research into these topics.