Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote

Kaiwan Mehta

Kaiwan Mehta

Our Team


Aditya Sawant

Research Director


Ela Singhal

Project Manager


Sanjana Sidhra

Research Associate


Ayush Gangwal

Research Associate


Harsh Jain

Research Associate


Josephine Fernandes

Administrative Support


Kuriakose Paulose

Administrative Support


Priscilla Fernandes

Administrative Support



Kapil Gupta, Ameya Joshi, Shriya Sanil, Shourya Jain

Bacteria Design

Lajja Shah, Hemant Basankar

Display House

Varun Talcherkar, Sonal Sable

Urban Design Research Institute

The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) was established in 1984 as a public charitable trust with the aim to enrich the understanding of the urban environment and work towards its improvement. Our mandate is to make Mumbai an inclusive city which is humane and balances its cosmopolitan cultural heritage and social fabric with equitable growth and efficient infrastructure; a city where living, moving and working is enjoyable, with accessible common amenities and public spaces for sports, recreation and socio-cultural activities for all. UDRI also provides a forum for interaction among architects, urban designers and professionals from related fields such as urban economics, sociology, planning, conservation and history.

Some of UDRI’s significant projects include:

This project aims to provide tools to facilitate active participation by non-government organisations, community-based organisations, private sector actors and individual citizens in the process of preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Development Plan (DP) of Mumbai (2014-34).

Heritage Conservation
UDRI has participated actively in the formulation of Mumbai’s heritage conservation policy. We were responsible for promoting protected artefacts, several additional buildings, precincts and open spaces in Mumbai, and successfully getting incorporated in the Heritage List. UDRI also conceptualised and catalysed the Kala Ghoda Festival.

Eastern Waterfront
UDRI has been actively involved in documenting and facilitating discussions around the 1,800 acres of the Mumbai Port Trust Land along the eastern waterfront from Colaba to Wadala in recognition of the crucial role that the area could play in the evolution of the metropolitan region following the deindustrialisation of Mumbai city and change in port-related activities.

For more information, visit www.udri.org

Architecture Foundation

More than ever before in postcolonial India’s history, the architect’s role as a social agent must be critically delineated and accordingly, the Architecture Foundation’s mission is to address questions of economic, political and cultural change through the role of the architect. To this end, the Foundation seeks to address the deficits of architectural education. While educational institutes today are focused on building professional capacity, they do not, by and large, demonstrate a willingness to reflect critically on the state of architecture, in its present and its historical legacies. We aim to fill this void by promoting a forum for critical research and thinking. This agenda is informed by the impulse to archive, document and disseminate ideas about architecture for practitioners while also re-introducing the general public to the saliency of architecture and environmental design, and emphasising the vital relevance of a public debate about alternative architectural pasts, presents and futures. The Foundation focuses on research projects, discussions, and the production of a public dialogue in order to situate contemporary architecture in its historical context. Equally important, the Foundation is committed to generating awareness concerning architectural practices, ethics and values among the general public at large.

The Architecture Foundation has three primary initiatives.

First: the creation of an archive or database on architecture in India. One of the key endeavours under this head will be to re-visit, with a critical lens, already existing histories, archives, books and biographies, which could be annotated through new readings.

Second: the dissemination of this knowledge and material through lectures, conferences, seminars, films, social media, exhibitions as well as books, journals and magazines.

Third: a focus on capacity building through creating networks of like-minded institutions within the country and internationally. This initiative will involve creating programs and scholarships for education, teacher training and contributing to the shaping and strengthening of architectural criticism and education more generally. Together, these three initiatives seek to address the greatest challenges of architects practising in India today: those of the social role and the cultural responsibility of the architect at a historical moment when the built environment has come to reflect, in often heightened and dramatic ways, the tensions between policy, ideology, expediency and aspiration.