The UDRI and its consultant teams have a strong understanding of urban management, law, conservation, planning, design, and history. While our training and experience is drawn from India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia, the UDRI remains dedicated to strengthening Mumbai by protecting our urban environment.
UDRI strives to achieve this through sponsoring research and documentation projects, publications and public lectures, exhibitions and seminars, as well as running a resource centre focused on the study of Mumbai.
The UDRI strives to improve Mumbai's physical environment in three ways:
1.Involving urban communities in civic improvement and planning projects
2.Enriching the discussion on our city's future.
3.Helping professionals serve Mumbai more effectively.
With a talented staff and committed leadership, the UDRI has organised its operations around the following programmes and services since 1993:
1. Research Projects
2. Research & Resource Centre
4. Public Events
Pankaj Joshi Executive Director, UDRI Studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai and then obtained a Master of Arts in Building Conservation the Institute of Advanced Architecture Studies at the University of York, UK in 1998. In private practice as a conservation architect since 1999 his works include a wide range from planning, urban design and conservation to architecture and interiors. He has served on the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee of State Government and was on the Board of Governors of Heritage Conservation Society of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). He is a visiting professor at schools of architecture and the joint convener of the Mumbai Study Group, an interdisciplinary forum, at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and a member trustee of SAVE forum, an environment action group in North Mumbai. Among other books edited by him, he has been instrumental in initiating the Mumbai Reader (2006-ongoing)which is an annual feature compilation to provide a glimpse of the complex dynamic of the city of Mumbai.
Shirin Bharucha is a lawyer who worked with the Tata Group for several years. She is involved with a number of Trusts, which work for the city's urban renewal. She was part of the team, which restored the Oval Maidan, the Horniman Circle Garden and the Kala Ghoda Art District (www.kalaghodassociation.org). She is currently the Managing Trustee at the UDRI.
Rahul Mehrotra studied architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad and then obtained a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with the distinction from Harvard University in 1987. In private practice in Bombay since 1990, his works include a wide range from planning, urban design and conservation to architecture and interiors. Among other books written by him, he has also co-authored a book titled Conserving an Image Centre - The Fort Precinct in Bombay, based on this study and recommendation the State Government declared the Fort area a Conservation Precinct in 1995. Mehrotra has taught at the National Singapore University (1998), the University of Michigan (2000-2007), and currently teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anuj Bhagwati is a Director of A.T.E. (www.ateindia.com), a Bombay based engineering group. The group also runs a small trust focusing on rural development in Gujarat. Anuj is also involved with a few NGOs such as UDRI, Kala Ghoda Association (www.kalaghodassociation.org) and Praja (www.praja.org).
Nayana Kathpalia volunteered with INTACH New Delhi for 8 years and on relocation to Mumbai in 1995, has been active with NGOs such as OCRA, OVAL Trust, UDRI and NAGAR, all of who are working for the civic and urban renewal of Mumbai.
Jamsheed Kanga retired from the IAS after working in various senior positions with Governments Of Maharashtra and India, including Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai and Secretary to the Depts of Industry and Revenue. He chaired the committee, which formulated heritage regulations, now being adopted through out the country. He has been active in urban affairs as a founder member of the Bombay First.
Kamu Iyer is an Architect Graduated in architecture from Sir J. J. School of Art in 1957. He studied with G. B. Mhatre and worked briefly in his office. In practice since 1960 with Architects' Combine, he has built extensively in Bombay and all over India. He is a visiting lecturer in Design at various schools.
Nasser Munjee is Chairman of the Development Credit bank, prior to which he was the Managing Director and CEO of Infrastructure development Finance Company Limited. He serves on the Boards and advisory panels of several Indian and International organizations. Mr. Munjee has a deep interest for rural development, housing finance, urban issues, specially the development of modern cities and humanitarian causes. He is an Economist from the London School of Economics and a graduate of the University of Chicago
Cyrus Guzder is an urban activist playing an active role in the conservation of heritage buildings and precincts of Mumbai and numerous environmental issues. He is trustee of the Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG) and Governor of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Heritage Society. He also serves as a trustee at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India).
Charles Correa studied Architecture at the University of Michigan and MIT. In private practice in Bombay since 1958, his work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram, to the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, and the State Assembly for Madhya Pradesh - as well as townships and public housing projects in Delhi housing projects in Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and other cities in India. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for 'New Bombay' an urban growth centre of 2 million people. In 1985, The Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanism..
Nana Chudasama is World Chairman of the India-based social service organization, Giants International. As Sheriff of Mumbai in 1989, he started the "I Love Mumbai" campaign with the slogan "Clean Mumbai, Green Mumbai." He still serves as president of "I Love Mumbai." He also is president of the Center for the Prevention of Drub Abuse and AIDS, chairman of the National Kidney Foundation and Common Man's Forum. Mr. Chudasama was conferred the title Padma Shree by the President of India in 2005, for the contribution towards the welfare of society as a committed social worker.
Omkar Gupta Director, Public Forum & Projects, obtained his masters in Urban Planning from the Texas A&M University and a certificate in Sustainable Urbanism. He is deeply interested in making city planning process people oriented, transparent, efficient and most of all sustainable. In the past he has been involved with neighborhood redevelopment projects such as Beaumont HOPE VI project and the Brazos Valley affordable housing project.
Keya Kunte, Director, Bombay Studio & Projects, is an architect from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and an urban planner from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UDRI, she worked for several years with the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), on documentation and research of upgrading projects, participatory slum mapping and a study on incremental housing. She has also briefly worked with the Ahmedabad Heritage Cell and the International Housing Finance Program at Wharton. Her interests inlcude urban informality, equitable access to resources of the city and participatory planning.
Apurwa Kumbhar, Associate Director, completed her Masters in Urban Design from CEPT University, Ahmedabad after her graduation in architecture from Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai. Her professional experience has been involved in various projects based on Public participation in urban development process and public space redevelopment projects in Mumbai, neighbourhood planning and infrastructure projects in Gujarat and Kokan region of Maharashtra.
Pooja Chichkar , Associate Director, has studied Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and then obtained a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Mumbai University, Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai. Her past professional experience was as a Project Architect for Urban Planning/Design- Capital Entrance Zone, Panaji,Goa and Main Arrival Centre for Tourist Jetty, Panaji, Goa. Her interest lies in investigating effective planning and design solutions towards sustainable transport in cities.
Dhara D. Mehta, Research Associate, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai. She has worked professionally with Sen Kapadia on several projects including the International Competition for the Guggenheim Museum, Helsinki. She believes in subtle but effective design and has an inclination towards minimalistic and sustainable architecture. She shares a deep interest in studies concerning urban planning and design and is keen on studying Landscape Urbanism in near future.
Afreen Shaikh, Library Assistant, She has obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the Mumbai University. She is assisting the Librarian in the UDRI Resource and Research Center.
Rupali Gaikwad, Accountant, Has obtained her degree in Commerce from Mumbai University and is in charge of the accounts section of the UDRI.
Alfred Fernandez and Santosh Shirke are the office assistants and an essential part of the day-to-day operations at the UDRI office.