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YMC Member Vishal Joshi Receives the 2019 David Fischetti Award

Nov 4, 2019

Vishal Joshi (M.EERI 2017) an affiliate of the YMC recently received the prestigious 2019 David Fischetti Award. Vishal, a preservation architect is currently working with the New York City based Architectural Preservation Studio. He got involved with earthquake engineering, when he as part of his graduate thesis research interned with the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) following the M7.8 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal, April 2015.

This award presented by the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee (PETC) of the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) is established for an outstanding article in the field of conservation engineering. This award honors the life and career of David Fischetti, PE, who greatly contributed to the field of conservation engineering through his lectures and papers. Vishal’s paper Historic Earthquake-Resilient Structures in Nepal and Other Himalayan Regions and Their Seismic Restoration, with co-author Hemant Kaushik (M. EERI) was published in the Earthquake Spectra: Special Issue on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake, December 2017.

This article is written in the aftermath of the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake, focused on the question of rebuilding historic buildings where modern materials were banned. If rebuilt, will these buildings survive future earthquakes? It then looks at the assessment of five historic case studies that either survived earthquakes or were rebuilt to resist future earthquakes. The examples highlight a hybrid of historic and contemporary engineering systems that respected and worked within the historic fabric of Nepali architecture. To conclude, the paper covers earthquake engineering while providing much needed historic research and emphasizes changing preservation principles in order to advance the cause of local conservation practices.

Vishal is a member of the APT. The APT a preservation focused organization seeks to promote and advocate preservation technology in both the avenues of architecture and engineering; and encourages research in the field of historic earthquake engineering.


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