Didi Contractor

Kangra valley based self taught architect octogenarian, Didi Contractor studies traditional aesthetics and vernacular traditions and is actively involved in working out their practical adaptations for contemporary sustainability. As an architect, Didi blends the traditional mud, wood and stone style with modern aesthetics and scientific knowledge.
During the past three decades, Didi has been training young artisans inculcating ecological values, and reviving local skills in the course of building. She is instrumental in setting up Dharmalaya Center for Compassionate Living and Sambhaavnaa, an institute for public policy, to the designs that embody her evolving ethical , ecological and aesthetic values.