Dr George Michell

George Michell is a world authority on South Asian architecture, and a founder-trustee of the Deccan Heritage Foundation. He is amongst the most distinguished architectural scholars alive today.

Born in Australia, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Melbourne in 1968. After receiving his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London — publishing a thesis on the architecture of ancient Chalukya temples around Badami in Karnataka — he made the study of Deccani architecture and archaeology his life’s work. He has spent over 30 years researching and cataloguing the enormous ruined city of Hampi Vijayanagara, among many other historical sites in the region, and has published over 50 books.

George lives in London and splits his time between research trips to the Deccan and writing about its ancient architecture, at home.