Architect & Principal Architect and MD, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants
Brinda Somaya, Architect and Urban Conservationist completed her Master of Arts degree from Smith College, USA after graduating from the Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai.
She believes that development and progress must proceed without straining the cultural and historic environment. Her philosophy: the Architect's role is that of a guardian - his is the conscience of the built and un-built environment. This belief underlines her work at "Somaya and Kalappa", the company she founded and has headed for the last three decades. Her oeuvre, spanning corporate, industrial and institutional clients extends to public spaces, which she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas, as well as historic restoration and adaptive reuse. She emphasizes time and again that her involvement in conservation is neither self indulgent nor reverential, but an intelligent meshing of the old and new to develop an architectural form that serves the present.
Brinda Somaya has delivered analytical and critical talks as well as presented papers in India and abroad on Conservation, Women in Architecture, the changing role of Indian Architects and innumerable other subjects. Brinda Somaya is also a founder trustee of The HECAR Foundation.
Head of Art Conservation, Research and Traning, CSMVS, Mumbai
Mr. Anupam Sah is a heritage conservation-restoration strategist, practitioner and educator and is presently the Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, Mumbai. He also directs projects and training programmes for the Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art Conservation and Anupam Heritage Lab (India) Pvt Ltd.
He has rendered services to the Government of India’s Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Urban Development, various State Governments, World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, and others. His previous engagement (1994-2005) was as Director (Projects) for INTACH ICCI, the conservation division of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Anupam was awarded a Masters Degree with distinction and a Gold Medal in Conservation of Works of Art in 1992 from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the Sanskriti Award for Social and Cultural Achievement for his work in the field of heritage conservation.
Structural Engineer and Managing Director, VMS Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Ms Alpa Sheth has completed her Master’s Degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA. Presently she is the Managing Director and Senior Partner at Vakil Mehta Sheth Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd., a prestigious firm in structural engineering consultancy in Mumbai. She is the Seismic Advisor to Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority. Ms Sheth is a visiting Teaching Faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA). She is the fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) and one of the active members of many Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Committees. She is the founding and managing Trustee of Structural Engineers Forum of India.
Conservation Architect and Executive Director, Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI)
Pankaj Joshi studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai and then obtained a Master of Arts in Building Conservation from the Institute of Advanced Architecture Studies at the University of York, UK in 1998. In private practice as a conservation architect since 1999 his works include a wide range from planning, urban design and conservation to architecture and interiors. He has served on the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee of the State Government and is on the Board of Governors of Heritage Conservation Society of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. He is a visiting professor at schools of architecture and the joint convener of the Mumbai Study Group, an interdisciplinary forum. He has been instrumental in initiating the Mumbai Reader (2006-ongoing).
Conservation Architect, HO (Conservation), Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture
Vikas Dilawari is a practicing conservation architect with more than two decades of experience exclusively in the conservation field, ranging from urban to architectural conservation. He is presently the Head of Department of Conservation Department at KRVIA Mumbai. He was instrumental with the INTACH Mumbai chapter to list the CST Station as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Several of his projects have received national and international recognition. One of his significant works is the restoration of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. This got the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Excellence in 2005.
He was a member of Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee 2008- 2011 and on the board of governors of the MMR Heritage Conservation Society (2008- 2011). He has successfully executed several conservation projects in the last two decades ranging from singular monuments to the residential grain mostly around Mumbai.