Adam Hardy

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Charles Adam Hardy
Born (1953-10-16)October 16, 1953[1]
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Residence United Kingdom
Citizenship United Kingdom
Fields History of architecture
Institutions Welsh School of Architecture
Doctoral advisor George Michell
Known for Temple architecture of South Asia

Adam Hardy is an architect and architectural historian, and Professor of Asian Architecture at Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He is Director of PRASADA,[2] a centre bringing together research and practice in South Asian art and architecture.

His research is largely in the history of architecture in South Asia, particularly Indian temple architecture (Buddhist, Hindu, Jain). Going against a prevailing tendency to focus narrowly, his work has embraced most of the subcontinent, and a very long time span, while at the same time involving detailed formal analysis. He has tried to bring to light a meaningful way of looking at what at first sight seem bewilderingly complex structures. The work has revealed striking structural homologies between architecture and other branches of culture, and shown how, within a number of regional traditions, forms evolve in a characteristic way, notwithstanding conspicuous artistic inventiveness. Drawings have played an important role in his research, not only for explanation but also as a means of analysis.


Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (1965–71)[1]

Trinity College, Cambridge


  • Director, PRASADA [3]
  • Principal Investigator, The Indian Temple: Production, Place, Patronage (AHRC project)
  • Editor of South Asian Studies [4]
  • Editorial Board member for Context, Abacus, Pakistan Heritage
  • Advisory Editor to OUP Online Bibliographies, Hinduism module
  • Council member, British Association for South Asian Studies [5]
  • Executive Committee member, European Association of South Asian Art and Archaeology [6]
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review Academy



  • Theory and Practice of Temple Architecture in Medieval India: Bhoja's Samaranganasutradhara and The Bhojpur Line Drawings (New Delhi: Dev Publishers & Distributors and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2015)
  • The Temple Architecture of India (Chichester: Wiley, 2007) [7]
  • The Temple in South Asia (ed.)(London: British Academy, 2007)
  • Architectural History and the Studio, edited with Necdet Teymur (London: ?uestion Press, 1997)
  • Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation, Foreword by Kapila Vatsyayan (New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1995)

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  1. ^ a b Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe: School List for 1970
  2. ^ "Welsh School of Architecture : Hardy Profile". Cardiff University. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "PRASADA : Home". PRASADA. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "BASAS : SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES". BASAS. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "BASAS : Home". BASAS. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "EASAA : Home". EASAA. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Robinson A (2008) Review: The Temple Architecture of India By Adam Hardy , World Archeology, issue 31 page: 64". Current Publishing. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.