Outstanding Industry Contribution
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, USA, she started Somaya and Kalappa Consultants in 1978 in Mumbai. Over three 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 a 18th century Cathedral.
Her philosophy: the Architect’s role is that of guardian – hers is the conscience of the built and unbuilt environment. She is currently the Chairperson of Board of Governors for School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, appointed by the Government of India. In 2014, she was awarded the Indian Institute of Architects – Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.