Rahul Mehrotra: Working in Mumbai: The Works of RMA Architects
Department of Architecture Fall 2013 Lecture Series
Rahul Mehrotra is a practicing architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Harvard GSD, where he is professor of urban design and planning, and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design as well as a member of the steering committee of Harvard’s South Asia Initiative.
His practice, RMA Architects, founded in 1990, has executed a range of projects, from the recycling of urban land and the master planning for parts of Mumbai to the design of art spaces, homes, social institutes, and work places across India. These diverse projects have engaged many issues, multiple constituencies, and varying scales, from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation, and planning. As trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute, and Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research both based in Mumbai, Mehrotra continues to be actively involved as an activist in the civic and urban affairs of the city.
Mehrotra has written and lectured on architecture, conservation, and urban planning. He has written, coauthored, and edited a numerous books on Mumbai, its urban history, its historic buildings, public spaces, and planning processes. He has been a jury member for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture, the Berkeley Prize, the James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City, the Urban Age Awards, and the Audi Urban Futures Award. Mehrotra was a member of the Prince Claus Fund Awards Committee (2007–11) and the Global Jury of the 3rd Holcim Awards Competition (2012). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture and currently serves on the governing boards of the London School of Economics Cities Programme and the Indian Institute of Human Settlements.
Mehrotra studied at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, and graduated with a master of architecture in urban design with distinction from Harvard GSD. He has taught at the University of Michigan (2003–07) and at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT (2007–10).