Rahul Mehrotra

November

RMA Architects, Three Court House, Alibag, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

Click for more images | RMA Architects, Three Court House, Alibag, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, House in an Orchard, Ahmedabad, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, House in an Orchard, Ahmedabad, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, Hathigaon, Jaipur, India | Photo by Rahul Mehrotra

RMA Architects, Hathigaon, Jaipur, India | Photo by Rahul Mehrotra

RMA Architects, Hewlett-Packard Software Campus, Bengaluru, India | Photo by Romil Sheth

RMA Architects, Hewlett-Packard Software Campus, Bengaluru, India | Photo by Romil Sheth

RMA Architects, KMC Corporate Office, Hyderabad, India | Photo by Carlos Chen

RMA Architects, KMC Corporate Office, Hyderabad, India | Photo by Carlos Chen

RMA Architects, House in a Tea Garden | Photo by Rahul Mehrotra

RMA Architects, House in a Tea Garden | Photo by Rahul Mehrotra

RMA Architects, House of a Filmmaker, Alibag, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, House of a Filmmaker, Alibag, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, Visitor Centre at CSMVS, Mumbai, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, Visitor Centre at CSMVS, Mumbai, India | Photo by Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Rural Campus, Tuljapur, India | Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Rural Campus, Tuljapur, India | Rajesh Vora

RMA Architects, LMW Corporate Headquarters, Coimbatore, India | Photo by Romil Sheth

RMA Architects, LMW Corporate Headquarters, Coimbatore, India | Photo by Romil Sheth

Rahul Mehrotra, editor, Cover Image of Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City | Image courtesy of Hatje Cantz

Rahul Mehrotra, editor, Cover Image of Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City | Image courtesy of Hatje Cantz

Current Work
Rahul Mehrotra
RMA Architects/RMA Research
Working in Mumbai
Moderated by Michael Kimmelman

 

1.5 AIA and New York State CEU’s

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Each year the Architectural League’s Current Work series features the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Rahul Mehrotra of RMA Architects will present his research projects and firm’s work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Michael Kimmelman.

Mehrotra is an architect, urban planner, and academic. His firm, founded in 1990 and reformed as RMA Architects in 2010, has offices in Boston and Mumbai working across a wide spectrum of scales and project types, from single-family residences to large-scale buildings, to the conservation of historic structures and urban designs. Its clients include governmental and non-governmental agencies, corporate and private clients, and institutions. The firm also takes on architectural and urban projects as an advocacy group in the city of Mumbai. Paralleling this work is the firm’s not-for-profit division, RMA Research, which undertakes research projects related to architecture and urbanism in India.

With an emphasis on local engagement, RMA Architects “endeavors to develop and evolve culturally specific design solutions for each unique context by working with varied constituencies, and through a multiplicity of experiences and modes of engagement with practice.” This focus includes working “actively with local craftspeople to develop and refine construction details and methods of building that are relevant, sustainable, and founded on local knowledge.”

The firm’s work includes the Hewlett-Packard Software Campus, Bangaluru; KMC Corporate Campus Office, Hyderabad; Hathigaon, a social housing project for 100 elephants and their caretakers in Jaipur; the restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad; the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Rural Campus, Tuljapur; the Visitor Centre for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai; and houses throughout India.

Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Mehrotra also serves on the steering committee of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard and curates their series on urbanization. He recently led a university wide research project with Professor Diana Eck, documented in the publication The Kumbh Mela – Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City. Mehrotra’s earlier publications include Architecture in India since 1990; Bombay to Mumbai—Changing Perspectives; Bombay—The Cities Within, co- authored with Sharada Dwivedi; and Conservation After Legislation—Issues for Mumbai, co-edited with Abha Narain Lambah.

Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic for the New York Times and 2014 winner of the Brendan Gill Prize  and author of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa.

Time & Place
Friday, November 20, 2015
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York
Tickets
Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning November 13 until 4:00 p.m. on November 20. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, cash only, space permitting.
Support
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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