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. 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. In 2015 she was honoured as Distinguished Professor by the Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture (IES), Mumbai.
Brinda Somaya is a Member of the National Advisory Board of NCSHS (National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures) 2014 Under the Aegis of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Government of India) IIT-Madras and also the Member of the Editorial Board for MARG Architectural Books and has been actively involved in participating in her country’s and city’s development. Some of award-winning projects include Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park, Mumbai; Nalanda International School, Vadodara; and Zensar Technologies, Pune. Her firm has recently won the competition for the Restoration and Upgradation of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). Over the years, she has won numerous international and national awards including the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award for the restoration of the St.Thomas’ Cathedral in Mumbai. She was the first woman to have won the Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for lifetime achievement - a peer award and a mention was awarded to her by the UIA (International Union of Architects) Sgoutas Prize for alleviation of poverty for her Bhuj Village Project.