ARTS@DRCLAS Overseas Faculty Series: Rahul Mehrotra


Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:00pm to Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:00pm


Santiago, Chile

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)  in collaboration with the Design Lab and Centro de Inteligencia Territorial of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and the Faculty of Architecture and Art from Universidad del Desarrollo, with the co-sponsorship of CalamaPLUS and Codelco organized the visit of Prof. Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the department of Urban Planning and Design at the  Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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For media coverage of Professor Mehrotra's visit, please click the links below.

Professor Mehrotra's visit is part of a bi-annual academic experience that seeks to build a collaborative platform between Harvard and local institutions to learn from each other’s experiences, to enrich the discussion in Chile regarding urban design and planning , and to explore new urban models which will lead to design strategies and pedagogic approaches that more adequately fit Latin-American realities in particular, and southern cities in a broader sense.

This first visit will include three components: a public lecture, an open-door academic panel and a case study field trip.

A-Public Lecture
Urbanism, Advocacy and Architecture in India
The works of Rahul Mehrotra
Thursday, April 10  (6-8pm) 
Auditorium @Universidad Del Desarrollo
Facultad de Arquitectura y Arte UDD, Campus Ernesto Silva B., Avenida Plaza 680, Las Condes.
(Free and open to the public/ Simultaneous translation)
B-Academic Panel
Conversations on Planning and Urban Design 
Friday, April 11 (9am-12 pm)
Room 009, Building D @ UAI
Avenida Diagonal Las Torres 2640, Peñalolén- Edificio Talleres
(Free and open to the public/ In English)
C- Case Study Field Trip
The Extreme and Temporal Urbanism of Calama
(NOT a public event)


For questions please contact: Marcela Ramos:

BIO: Rahul Mehrotra is practicing architect, urban designer, and educator. His firm, RMA Architects, was founded in 1990 in Mumbai and has designed and executed projects for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporate as well as private individuals and institutions.

RMA Architects has also initiated several unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. The firm has designed a software campus for Hewlett Packard in Bangalore, a campus for Magic Bus (a NGO that works with poor children), the restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, and with the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative, a conservation master plan for the Taj Mahal. The firm is currently working on a social housing project for 100 elephants and their caretakers in Jaipur as well as a corporate office in Hyderabad and several single family houses in different parts of India.

Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India. His writings include coauthoring Bombay—The Cities Within, which covers the city’s urban history from the 1600s to the present; Banganga—Sacred Tank; Public Places Bombay; Anchoring a City Line, a history of the city’s commuter railway; and Bombay to Mumbai—Changing Perspectives. He has also coauthored Conserving an Image Center—The Fort Precinct in Bombay. Based on this study and its recommendations, the historic Fort area in Mumbai was declared a conservation precinct in 1995—the first such designation in India.

He has long been actively involved in civic and urban affairs in Mumbai, having served on commissions for  the conservation of historic buildings and environmental issues, with various neighborhood groups, and, from 1994 to 2004, as Executive Director of the Urban Design Research Institute. He studied at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (CEPT), and graduated with a master’s degree with distinction in Urban Design from the GSD. He has taught at the University of Michigan (2003–2007) and at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT (2007–2010).