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Niels Gutschow, Prof. Dr. ing.

Niels Gutschow, Prof. Dr. ing.



Über Niels Gutschow

Niels Gutschow graduated in architecture from Darmstadt University, and wrote his PhD-thesis on the Japanese Castle Town in 1973. 1978-80 he was head of the Münster Authority of Monument Protection and between 1980-2000 member of the German National Committee for Conservation. He absolved an apprenticeship as carpenter in Japan (1962/63) and was member of a team for the first bilateral conservation project in Bhaktapur, Nepal (1971). Since 1980, he is working in two worlds: research into war-time and post-World War II history of urban planning in Germany and Europe and into urban space and rituals in India and Nepal. He is consultant for UNESCO at World Heritage sites in Nepal (1992) and Pakistan (1995) and was member of a German-Japanese commission of conservation experts between 1996-1999. Since 2004, he is honorary professor at Heidelberg University, Department of Indology and lives in Abtsteinach, Germany and Bhaktapur, Nepal.


Ausgewählte Publikationen

Architecture of the Newars. A History of Building typologies and Details in Nepal. Documentation Drawings by Bijay Basukala, 3 Vols., Chicago: Serindia Publications, forthcoming November 2011.

“Aggression and Obscenity. The annual annihilation of evil spirits on the occasion of the new moon in August in Bhaktapur, Nepal”, in: A. Michaels and C. Wulf (eds.): Emotions in Rituals, Delhi: Routledge, forthcoming 2011.

with W. Rang, "A brick tower in Bhaktapur, Nepal - brick designs from Frankfurt meet traditional Newar building methods", in: 2011 Annual for the Brick and Tile Structural Ceramis and Clay Pipe Industries, Gütersloh 2011, pp. 114-122.

"In search for Nepaleseness in Architecture", in: Deepak Shimkhada (ed.): Nepal - Nostalgia and Modernity, Mumbay: Marg Publications, Forthcoming 2011.

 “The Ihi Marriage among the Newars of Bhaktapur, Nepal: Spatial Connotations of an Initiation Ritual", in: A. Zotter and C. Zotter (eds.): Hindu and Buddhist Initiations in India and Nepal, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2010, pp. 151-166.

“Wiederaufbau, Neubau und Rekonstruktion in Asien. Zur Kontinuität von Objekt und Ritual in Nepal, Indien und Japan, in: Winfried Nerdinger (ed.): Geschichte der Rekonstruktion. Konstruktion der Geschichte, München 2010, pp. 36-47.

“Experten schreiben Briefe. Konstanty Gutschow an Friedrich Tamms im Oktober 1949“, in: Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst u.a. (eds): Dynamik und Wandel. Die Entwicklung der Städte am Rhein 1910-2010, Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2010, pp. 106-121.

„Nachwort – Zeichnen“, in: Andreas Brandt: Haus und Landschaft in Asien, Berlin: Alphaeus Verlag, 2010, pp. 195-96.

Benares. The sacred landscape of Varanasi. Stuttgart 2006.

In collaboration with A. Michaels: Handling death. The dynamics of death and ancestor rituals. Wiesbaden 2005.

With W. Denslagen: Architectural Imitations. Reproductions and pastiches in east and west. Maastricht 2005.

With A. Michaels, C. Ramble, E. Steinkellner (eds.): The sacred landscape of the Himalaya. Vienna 2003.

With E. Theophile (eds.): The Sulima Pagoda. East meets west in the restoration of a Nepalese temple. Trumbull 2002.

With S. Enders (eds.): Hozon. Architectural and urban conservation in Japan. Stuttgart 1998.

The Nepalese Caitya. 1500 years of Buddhist votive architecture in the Kathmandu Valley. Stuttgart 1997.

Further information

Profile at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University