Manish Chalana

Manish Chalana

Professor, Urban Design & Planning; Adjunct Professor, Architecture; Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture

Chalana engages urban planning through the lenses of urban design, historic preservation, urban & planning history and equity & social justice. He has degrees in Architecture (B’Arch –Mangalore University; M’Arch from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi), Landscape Architecture (M’Larch from Penn State) and Urban Planning (Ph.D. from University of Colorado). Besides his appointment in Urban Design & Planning at UW, he is adjunct in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and a member of the South Asia Program in the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS). Before teaching at UW, he taught as a graduate student/ lecturer in the University of Colorado and Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in India with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Housing and Urban Development Corporation of India (HUDCO). Additionally, he consults on international projects mostly around historic preservation. He is one of the two founding directors of the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse (CPAR), which strives to connect academia to practice of historic preservation. He is also affiliated with both the Graduate Certificates in Urban Design and Historic Preservation and both the PhD programs in our College; PhD in the Built Environment; and the Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Planning.

He has offered a variety of courses ranging from study abroad; lectures; seminars and studios. He teaches graduate seminars in American Urban History and Introduction to Historic Preservation. Additionally, he teaches Urban Form and Communication and Analysis in the MUP core curriculum; and the Race and Social Justice Seminar. His studios have typically been on urban design and historic preservation topics engaging sites in the Pacific Northwest. For his study abroad classes, he has brought students for a quarter long programs to Chandigarh, India (co-led with Prakash) and month long exploration seminars to the Kumaon region in the upper Himalayas to study topics of urban design, planning and preservation. He has also co-taught study abroad classes in China and Japan along with his colleagues Dan Abramson and Bob Freitag on topics of hazard mitigation and cultural resilience, among others. He has been twice honored with the CBE’s Lionel Pries Distinguished Professor Award.

He is interested in topics of diversity and social justice in the context of historic preservation and urban planning. He engages these topics in his teaching and through my service. As a member of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) of the 4Culture, Cultural Services Agency for King County, he mentors the diversity intern who works on uncovering systemic biases in the listing of historic sites in King County to the exclusion of under-represented minority communities. He has served on the UW Diversity Council’s Campus Climate Committee, which encouraged him to start the UDP department’s Diversity Committee (with Branden Born) that has worked for the last 10 years toward creating a welcoming environment for the underrepresented minority students in the College of Built Environments. Additionally, he has volunteered to serve on a committee of the National Council of Preservation Educators (NCPE) to understand the diversity of students enrolled in preservation programs in the country to better understand the accessibility and openness of the programs to underrepresented minority students.

He publishes on topics of urban design, planning history and preservation in a variety of journal including Future Anterior, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of American Planning Association, Journal of Planning History and Planning Perspectives. He has co-edited a book on the topic of urbanism in Asia (along with Jeff Hou) – Messy Urbansim: understanding the “other” cities of Asia. He recently completed working on another edited volume (along with Ashima Krishna) on the status of preservation practice in India.



Chalana, Manish. (2021). Whither The "hindoo Invasion"? South Asians In The Pacific Northwest Of The United States, 1907-1930. International Journal Of Regional & Local History, 16(1), 14 - 38. View Publication


Kou, Huaiyun; Chalana, Manish; Zhou, Jian. (2020). Diverse Approaches To The Preservation Of Built Vernacular Heritage: Case Study Of Post-disaster Reconstruction Of The Xijie Historic District In Dujiangyan City, China. Journal Of Architectural Conservation, 26(1), 71 - 86. View Publication


Idziorek, Katherine; Chalana, Manish. (2019). Managing Change: Seattle's 21st Century Urban Renaissance. Journal Of Urbanism, 12(3), 320 - 345. View Publication


Coslett, Daniel E.; Chalana, Manish. (2016). National Parks For New Audiences Diversifying Interpretation For Enhanced Contemporary Relevance. Public Historian, 38(4), 101 - 128. View Publication


Chalana, Manish. (2015). Chandigarh: City And Periphery. Journal Of Planning History, 14(1), 62 - 84. View Publication


Chalana, Manish; Sprague, Tyler S. (2013). Beyond Le Corbusier And The Modernist City: Reframing Chandigarh's ‘world Heritage’ Legacy. Planning Perspectives, 28(2), 199 - 222. View Publication

Chalana, Manish; Wiser, Jeana C. (2013). Integrating Preservation And Hazard Mitigation For Unreinforced Masonry Buildings In Seattle. Apt Bulletin: The Journal Of Preservation Technology, 44(2 - 3), 43 - 51. View Publication


Chalana, Manish. (2012). Of Mills And Malls: The Future Of Urban Industrial Heritage In Neoliberal Mumbai. Future Anterior: Journal Of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, And Criticism, 9(1), 1 - 15. View Publication


Chalana, Manish. (2010). Slumdogs Vs. Millionaires: Balancing Urban Informality And Global Modernity In Mumbai, India. Journal Of Architectural Education, 63(2), 25 - 37. View Publication