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Citizenship  India United Kingdom
Name  Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
Residence  United Kingdom

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Institutions  Nottingham Trent University University of Liverpool Leeds Metropolitan University
Alma mater  University of Liverpool University of Calcutta
Known for  Architectural history of Oman Architectural history of South Asia
Books  Manah: An Omani Oasis, an Arabian Legacy ; Architecture and Social History of an Omani Settlement
Education  University of Liverpool, University of Calcutta
Fields  History of architecture, Architecture

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian at the Manchester University


His research interests are focused on the historical, theoretical and contextual approaches to architectural design and the art and architecture of India and the Middle East. He undertakes advisory and consultancy work in urban development, regeneration, architectural and urban design and conservation.


Born and brought up in Kolkata, Soumyen secured first position in first class in the Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) from the Bengal Engineering College, Sibpur under the University of Calcutta in 1983. He did his Masters of Architecture (M Arch) by Research in the University of Liverpool in 1991, his master’s thesis was on India's Urban Housing Problem and the Role of Revitalisation. Soumyen earned his Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) from University of Liverpool in 1998, where his doctoral research was on Manah: Architecture, Archaeology and Social Structure of a Deserted Omani Settlement

Architectural career

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture, UK. Soumyen began his architectural career as a Trainee Architect in the Central Public Works Department of the Government of India in Kolkata in 1982. After a year he moved to Saha and Associates, architectural consultant of Calcutta, as an architect. He also worked briefly for I.M. Asthana (architectural consultants). In 1985 he moved to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and joined Jabrin Engineering Consultancy Bureau as Architect-in-Charge. In Oman, Soumyen also worked for Valtos Oman as Senior Architect. In 1990 he moved to the United Kingdom for further study, since then he been in academia and undertakes advisory and specialist consultancy works.


  • External Examiner, MA (Thinking Building), University of Kingston
  • Advisor, Conservation and Interpretation of Qasr Al Husn Palace, Abu Dhabi. Government of Abu Dhabi (with Austin Smith Lord, UK)
  • Director, India in the World Research Centre (IWRC), University of Liverpool
  • External Examiner, Graduate Diploma in Architecture, University of Kingston
  • External Assessor, Bachelor of Architecture Programme, University of Lincoln
  • Advisor and contributor, Muscat Urban Renewal, Muscat Municipality and The Palace Office, Government of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Advisor, Ceremonial Route, The Palace Office, Government of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Advisor and contributor, Development and Conservation of Harat al Aqr (Nizwa), Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Government of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Advisor and contributor, Management Plan for Bahla Fort and Oasis World Heritage Site (UNESCO inscription 1987 C-iv), UNESCO and Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Government of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Advisor and contributor, Conservation of the National Heritage Site of Harat al Bilad (Manah), Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Government of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Member of review panel, Global Built Environment Review (GBER)
  • Member of review panel, International Development Planning Review (IDPR)
  • Listed as an expert on Omani traditional architecture and settlements, International Oman Studies Centre, Germany
  • Visiting Design Critic in graduate and undergraduate design program. Institutions include, Nottingham University, Kingston University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Washington: Seattle
  • Member of review panel, Hong Kong Papers in Design and Development (University of Hong Kong)
  • Invited Member, Projects Committee, Merseyside Civic Society, Liverpool
  • Books

  • Bandyopadhyay, S (2011) Manah: Omani Oasis, Arabian Legacy Architecture and Social History of an Omani Oasis Settlement, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool
  • Bandyopadhyay, S & Temple, N (2009) Arresting Architecture: Bridging Research and Academic Design. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool
  • Bandyopadhyay S & Jackson, I (2009) Nek Chand's Rock Garden. Phaidon/ MIT, London
  • Bandyopadhyay, Soumyen (2008) Omani Mihrab-s: Origin and Evolution. Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Muscat
  • Bandyopadhyay, Soumyen (2008) Manah: The Architecture of an Omani Settlement. Historical Association of Oman, Muscat
  • Bandyopadhyay, S and Jackson, I (2007) The collection, the ruin and the theatre: architecture, sculpture and landscape in Nek Chand's Rock Garden, Chandigarh. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool
  • Bandyopadhyay, Soumyen (2001) Manah: A Gift of God, The Architecture of a Deserted Omani Settlement. Historical Association of Oman., Muscat
  • Book chapters

  • Bandyopadhyay, S., TEMPLE, N., LOMHOLT, J. and TOBE, R., 2010. [Introduction] . In: Bandyopadhyay, S., Temple, N., Lomholt, J. and Tobe, R., eds., The humanities in architectural design. London : Routledge, pp. xiv-xxi.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2008. From another world! A possible Buyid origin of the decorated 'Mihrab' of central Oman? In: Olijdam, E., ed. Intercultural relations between South and Southeast Asia, studies in commemoration of E.C.L. during Caspers (1934-1966). Oxford : Archaeopress vol. 1826, pp. 372–382.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2007. The foreigner, situated moments and topographic healing . In: Bandyopadhyay, S. and Temple, N., eds., Reflections on architectural research and building work. London : Black Dog Publishing, pp. 58–75.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2007. [Conclusion] . In: Bandyopadhyay, S. and Temple, N., eds., Reflections on architectural research and building work. London : Black Dog Publishing, pp. 184–186.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2007. [Introduction] . In: Bandyopadhyay, S. and Temple, N., eds., Reflections on architectural research and building work. London : Black Dog Publishing, pp. 4–13.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2006. Interpretation of heritage sites and assessing cultural significance: the enclosed 'Zara' of Harat al-Bilad (Manah Oasis) . Conservation of earthen structures in the Arab states. Grenoble : UNESCO World Heritage Centre; CRATerreENSAG., pp. 75–87.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S. and TEMPLE, N., 2006. Contemplating the unfinished: architectural drawing and the fabricated ruin . In: Frascari, M., ed. From models to drawings: imagination and representation in architecture. London : Taylor & Francis/ Routledge, pp. 109–119.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2005. Problematic aspect of synthesis and interpretation in the study of traditional Omani built environment . In: Shakur, T., ed. Cities in transition: transforming the global built environment. Altrincham : Open House Press, pp. 15–30.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2005. Diversity in unity: an analysis of settlement structure of Harat al-'Aqr, Nizwa (Oman) . Proceedings of the seminar for Arabian studies. vol. 35, pp. 19–36.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2005. The deconstructed courtyard: dwellings of Central Oman . In: Edwards, B., ed. Courtyard housing: past, present and future. Abingdon; New York : Taylor & Francis, pp. 109–121.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2004. Harat al-Bilad (Manah): glimpses of a complexity of ideas and concepts . In: Al, Taie, H., ed. Pride. Muscat : Al Roya, pp. 54–58.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S. and SIBLEY, M., 2003. The distinctive typology of central Omani mosques: its nature and antecedents . Proceedings of the seminar for Arabian studies. vol. 33, pp. 99–116.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., AHMED, Y. and YEOMANS, D., 2002. Conservation of world heritage cities in Asia and the Pacific: the changing scope of heritage since the Venice Charter 1964 . 2nd Post-Graduate Conference Proceedings. University of Salford .
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., KNIGHT, M., BERRIDGE, P. and BROWN, A., 2001. Digital hindcasting: critical analysis through virtual reconstruction . eCAADe19: architectural information management. , pp. 529–533.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2001. Deserted and disregarded: the architecture of Bilad Manah in central Oman . Archéologie Islamique. vol. 10, pp. 131–168.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2000. Manah: the deserted enchantress . In: Al, Zakhwani, S., ed. Tribute. Muscat : Apex, pp. 161–176.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 2000. From the twilight of cultural memory: the 'Bumah' in the mosques of central Oman . Proceedings of the seminar for Arabian studies. vol. 30, pp. 13–25.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1998. Iconography, ideogram and the 'Intentio Auctoris': the recent work of Charles Correa . Invocations of tradition in pedagogy. Berkeley : University of California Press vol. 113, pp. 17–42.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1996. Representation of the cultural palimpsest: the case of Manah in Oman, with special reference to the relationship of water to the places of worship . Multiple voices/contested representations: imagery and identity. Berkeley : University of California Press vol. 83, pp. 1–38.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1994. Affordability: some recent findings from the Indian scene . Proceedings of the second symposium on housing for the urban poor: housing, poverty and developing countries. European Network on Housing Research (ENHR) .
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1994. The deserted village of Manah: an Ibadi-Omani settlement: a brief description of settlement pattern and dwellings . In: Cockburn, C., ed. Architecture and planning in the developing world. University of York, pp. 37–43.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1994. Settlement planning and housing in modern Oman: a climatologically appropriate solution? Buildings and the environment. Watford; Rotterdam : Central Institute of Building (CIB), Nederland & Building Research Establishment (BRE) . vol. EP10
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1993. Housing and modern built environment in Oman . In: Elgohary, A., ed. Proceedings of the 10th inter-schools conference on development. University College London, pp. 43–54.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1992. Housing and settlement development in present-day Oman: energy issues and comfort conditions . Proceedings of the 20th IAHS world congress on housing. Birmingham; Miami : International Association of Housing Science (IAHS) vol. 2, pp. 1–18.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., 1992. Rethinking progress: the case of Oman, an investigation into its built environment . Housing, squatter communities and tradition. Berkeley : University of California Press vol. 51, pp. 1–38.
  • References

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