Brinda Somaya

Brinda Somaya is a Mumbai-based architect and urban conservationist. After completing her Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, MA, U.S.A, she established her firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants in 1978. Recipient of multiple awards, some of her accolades include Indian Institute of Architects – Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award. She was also the first woman to have won the Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for lifetime achievement – a peer award, in 2007. Her projects have also been nominated for the Aga Khan award and she has also been chosen as one of the 100 GLOBAL PUBLIC∙INTEREST∙DESIGN persons working at the intersection of design and service globally.

Over the last four decades, Brinda Somaya has successfully merged architecture, conservation and social equity in projects ranging from institutional campuses and rehabilitation of an earthquake-torn village to the restoration of an 18th century Cathedral, showing that progress and history need not be at odds. Some of these award-winning projects include Campus for Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park, Mumbai; Nalanda International School, Vadodara; and Zensar Technologies, Pune. Her firm has recently won the competition for the `Restoration and Upgradation of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)

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