Indian Architect

Brinda Somya

Brinda Somaya is an Indian architect and a well Known urban conservationist.

Upon completion of her Bachelors of Architecture from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, MA, USA. She started her practice in 1975 in Mumbai, India. From 1978 to 1981 she was joined by her sister Ranjini Kalappa, also an architect. Post 1981 she has run an independent practice on her own. In May 2012 she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College.

For over more than two decades she has 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.

Her philosophy: 'the Architect's role is that of guardian - his is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.'  This belief underlines her work that spans large corporate, industrial and institutional campuses and extends to public spaces, which she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas. 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.

Moreover her firm has recently won the competition for the `Restoration and Up gradation of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) as well as the new Academic Buildings of the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IIT-B).