Faculty and Experts

Mustansir Dalvi
Professor, Sir J.J. College of Architecture

Mustansir Dalvi is Professor of architecture at the Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai.
His research is published in 'New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions' (INTBAU), 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre'(UDRI), 'Quiet Conversations: the architecture of Kamu Iyer'(MPC/NCPA), 'Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern' (Marg), and is the author of ‘The Romance of Red Stone: An Appreciation of Ornament on Islamic Architecture in India’ (Super Book House).
He has also been published in the Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects, the Journal of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Journal of Italian Design and numerous architectural magazines in the country.
Mustansir Dalvi writes two columns on urban issues in Time Out Mumbai and Firstpost.com, where he observes and critiques the unravelling urban fabric of Mumbai in its present post-planning avatar.

 

Prasad Shetty
Architect and Urbanist

Prasad Shetty is an urbanist based in Mumbai. He has studied architecture (Mumbai) and urban management (Rotterdam). He is one of the founder members of the urban research collective, CRIT. He also works with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Environment Improvement and Heritage Conservation Society and teaches at the Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture in Mumbai.
Earlier he has worked as an urban manager at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. His work involves research and teaching on contemporary Indian urbanism including architectural practices, studies of post-industrial landscapes, housing, archiving post liberalization developments, entrepreneurial practices and urban property.


Anupam Sah
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.


Kirtida Unwalla
Conservation Architect

Kirtida Unwalla is a conservation planning professional and has an independent architectural conservation practice since the past two decades. The focus of projects has remained multi directional and ranges from restoration projects of individual assets & sites to conservation planning at larger levels of wider environments. She has worked on numerous conservation, documentation and listing projects independently and with INTACH.
She was the member of the Heritage Committee at Matheran Hill Station, Maharashtra as well as the Monitoring Committee of the Matheran Eco Sensitive Zone. She is presently a member of the Satara Regional Planning Board for planning and management of heritage assets.
She has remained an educationist and guided Design Dissertation thesis at numerous architectural institutes in Mumbai as well as Masters Courses in Architectural Conservation.


Benny Kuriakose
Conservation Architect

Benny Kuriakose started his career in 1984 and received the basic lessons in architecture under the tutelage of Laurie Baker. The Charles Wallace India Trust Award that he received in 1986 took him to the University of York, UK, to do an MA in Conservation Studies. On return he worked in Kerala doing projects on cost effective techniques and conservation.
Benny Kuriakose's approach to architecture can be seen in the range of his work: in individual houses, resorts and institutional projects. 1996 brought him to Chennai for the Dakshinachitra project. He was involved with the rehabilitation of disaster affected sites at Nagapattinam, Bhuj or Lattur and in the Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala.
Benny has been visiting lecturer at the Faculty of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology and various other architecture schools. He was awarded the Inside Outside Designer of the Year 2001. He has offered his services as consultant to UNDP, various State Governments and other organizations.

 

Ginella George
Conservation Architect, Asst.Professor at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute

Ginella George is Conservation Architect and an Asst.Professor at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute. She is interested in historic areas and their relevance, functionality and transformation in present times especially in the city of Mumbai. Through her research and academic explorations this has been a particular area of interest among larger urban concerns. She has recently been awarded a Research Fellowship that attempts to trace a history of migration in early colonial Bombay.


Arvind Jamkhedkar
Senior Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India
Harshad Bhatia is an urban designer and architect based in Mumbai, India. He is an avid writer and reviewer of urban issues, architecture and the profession; former editor of the Journal of Indian Institute of Architects; and former member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee. Harshad Bhatia has done research on economics, legislation, documentation and monitoring processes that influence heritage conservation in Mumbai. He is also working on the development 2014 for Mumbai.

 

Brinda Somaya
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.

 

Pankaj Joshi
Executive Director, Urban design Research Institute

Mustansir Dalvi is Professor of architecture at the Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai.
His research is published in 'New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions' (INTBAU), 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre'(UDRI), 'Quiet Conversations: the architecture of Kamu Iyer'(MPC/NCPA), 'Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern' (Marg), and is the author of ‘The Romance of Red Stone: An Appreciation of Ornament on Islamic Architecture in India’ (Super Book House).
He has also been published in the Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects, the Journal of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Journal of Italian Design and numerous architectural magazines in the country.
Mustansir Dalvi writes two columns on urban issues in Time Out Mumbai and Firstpost.com, where he observes and critiques the unravelling urban fabric of Mumbai in its present post-planning avatar.


Alpa Sheth
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.

 

Mayura Gadkari
Conservation Planner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Heritage Conservation Society

Ms Mayura Gadkari is an Architect and Conservationist. She is currently working as a Conservation Planner with MMRHCS and has worked on several Built Heritage and Cultural Heritage projects over the past two years. After graduating from CEPT, she worked on several non-profit projects in the fields of Urban Development Policy and governance.

 

Ejaz Khan
Director (Projects), Vakil Mehta Sheth Consultants Pvt Ltd

Mr Khan is the Projects Director at Vakil Mehta Sheth Consultants Pvt Ltd, Mumbai. He graduated from SP College, Bombay and has been with the VMS group since 1996. He is highly proficient in formulating innovative construction practices and has over a decade of experience in construction issues and construction management. He leads the construction management and industrial engineering team and has vast experience of managing projects across 15 states in India and countries in Africa.

 

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