FuturArc Interview / 2nd Quarter 2019

Brinda Somaya

by Bhawna Jaimini

Brinda Somaya is an architect and urban conservationist based in Mumbai, India. She started her practice Somaya & Kalappa Consultants (SNK) in 1978 and has worked on a plethora of projects that include corporate, industrial and institutional campuses as well as restoration and adaptive reuse. Her work also extends to the public realm where she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas. She strongly roots for developments that do not come at the cost of destroying the cultural, historical and natural environment. She spoke to Bhawna Jaimini about being a woman in a male-dominated profession, setting up better work environments for site workers, and her apprehension with the word sustainability.

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