Brinda Somaya

Brinda Somaya is an Indian architect and urban conservationist. Somaya completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, MA, USA. She started her practice Somaya & Kalappa in 1975 in Mumbai, India. Apart from the industrial, instituitional, residential work she has done, she has played a huge part in conservation in Mumbai. She is part of a heritage committee that helps formulate policies on protecting heritage buildings, like the Cathedral & John Connon School in Fort, Mumbai. 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. She is the founder trustee of the Hecar Foundation, which seeks to educate the public about architectuyre and urban and heritage issues.