Image courtesy of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants. Photograph by Ishita Parikh. Image courtesy of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants. Photograph by Ishita Parikh.

Hanuman and Discobolus represent the citizens of their worlds. Although their forms differ, they collectively transcend time and space defining a global citizen.

Brinda Somaya

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 her firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants in 1978 in Mumbai, India. Over four 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–hers is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.” snkindia.com