Rahul Mehrotra

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Rahul MehrotraRahul is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. He is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. He is also a member of the steering committee of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard, and curates their series on Urbanisation.

Rahul studied at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad and received a gold medal for his undergraduate dissertation. In 1987, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Urban Design with distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Career Highlights

The office of Rahul Mehrotra Associates was founded in August 1990 and has since designed and executed projects that include houses, factories, institutes and office buildings. In addition, the practice has been involved in conservation and master planning projects in the city of Bombay, thereby engaging at varying scales with diverse issues, from interior design and architecture to urban design, conservation and planning.

Among other things, he is also credited for his work in building the LMW Corporate Office in Coimbatore, an Orphanage for Children of the World in New Bombay, the D.J. Institute of Management in Coimbatore, an extension to the Prince of Wales Museum in Bombay, a Rural Development Institute in Tuljapur and a school for hearing-impaired children.

Awards & Recognition

The projects of Rahul Mehrotra Associates have been featured in various architectural journals in India and abroad.  In 1995, Interiors India nominated Rahul `Designer of the Year.’  In 1996, Architectural Design (London) selected Rahul Mehrotra Associates for their issue entitled `Architecture on the Horizon.’ Phaidon selected two projects designed by Rahul for inclusion in their Encyclopedia on Contemporary World Architecture (May 2004). The projects of the firm have been exhibited at galleries all over the world, from Mumbai to Turkey.

Areas of Interest

Rahul is and has always been keen on the conservation of heritage buildings. In 1995, he founded a conservation architecture practice called ‘The Bombay Collaborative.’ He has also been a consultant to organisations such as the Bombay Environmental Action Group, INTACH, The World Monument Fund (New York), The Orient Foundation, (Portugal), Arch Foundation, (Austria) and various neighbourhood and citizens groups in Bombay. From 1996 to 2006, he has been on the Board of Governors of the Bombay Metropolitan Regional Development Authority’s Heritage Society. Rahul has also worked on several adaptive reuse projects involving heritage sites in Bombay, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.


Anchoring a City Line: The History of the Western Suburban Railway and Its Headquarters in Bombay, 1899-1999
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi, Western Railway (India), Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Banganga: Sacred Tank on Malabar Hill
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi

Bombay: The Cities Within
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi, Umaima Mulla-Feroze

Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi, Umaima Mulla-Feroze

A City Icon: Victoria Terminus Bombay, 1887 Now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, 1996
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi, Preeti Bedi

A City’s Legacy: The Indian Navy’s Heritage in Mumbai
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi, Jehangir Sorabjee, Chirodeep Chaudhuri, Abha Narain Lambah

Everyday Urbanism: Margaret Crawford vs. Michael Speaks Fort Walks: Around Bombay’s Fort Area
co-authored with Sharada Dwivedi

Conserving an Image Center – The Fort Precinct in Bombay

A Study of the Eastern Waterfront of Mumbai: A Situation Analysis Conducted between August 2000-December 2001 By, Design Cell–Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI)
co-authored with , Pankaj Joshi, Urban Design Research Institute, Anirudh Paul, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (Bombay, India)