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Rahul Mehrotra

Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Rahul Mehrotra has been a founding member of the IIHS Board since 2008. Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. His Mumbai-based firm, RMA Architects was founded in 1990 and has designed and executed projects including government and private institutions, corporate workplaces, private homes, and unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation, and urban planning and design in Mumbai and India. His writings include coauthoring Bombay: The Cities Within, which covers the city’s urban history from the 1600s to the present; Banganga: Sacred Tank; Public Places Bombay; Anchoring a City Line, A history of the city’s commuter railway; and Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives. He has also coauthored Conserving an Image Center: The Fort Precinct in Bombay. Based on this study and its recommendations, the historic Fort District in Mumbai was declared a conservation precinct in 1995 – a first such designation in India.

Since 2014 Mehrotra has been a member of the CICA – the International Committee of Architecture Critics. Mehrotra is a member of the steering committee of the Laxmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard. In 2012–2015, he led a Harvard University-wide research project with Professor Diana Eck, called The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. This work was published as a book in 2014. This research was extended in 2017 in the form of a book titled Does Permanence Matter?, and into an invited exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Mehrotra’s latest co-authored book is titled Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives, which was published in December 2017.