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Brinda Somaya


Brinda Somaya is an architect and urban conservationist. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, MA, U.S.A, she started her firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants in 1978 in Mumbai, India. In May 2012 she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College. In 2014 she was awarded the Indian Institute of Architects Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In 2015 she was honoured as Distinguished Professor by the Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture (IES), Mumbai. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, an Institute of National Importance. In 2017 she became a Member of the Council of Architecture Committee to Review the Profession and Education of Architecture in India and she also joined the Board of the Lafargeholcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zurich, Switzerland. She has recently been appointed by Cornell University as A.D. White Professor-at-Large. 

Master-planning and building design of multiple corporate and educational campuses has become one of her areas of expertise. Some of these award-winning campuses include 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 upgrading of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.  Brinda Somaya is a Member of the National Advisory Board of National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures under the Aegis of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Government of India) IIT-Madras. Somaya has served on the Board of Advisors for International Archives of Women in Architecture, Founder Trustee of the HECAR Foundation which publishes on Heritage and Architecture, and organized a seminal exhibition on the Work of Women Architects with a focus on South Asia in Mumbai. Brinda Somaya won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award for the restoration of the St.Thomas’ Cathedral in Mumbai. She is also a Leading European Architects Forum award winner for the new Nalanda Schools Campus in Baroda in 2006, and the first woman to have won the Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for lifetime achievement -- a peer award --  in 2007.