Brinda Somaya

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Brinda Somaya
Born (1949-06-28) 28 June 1949 (age 69)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Smith College,
Mumbai University
Occupation Architect
Practice Associated architectural firm[s]

Brinda Somaya (born 28 June 1949) is an Indian architect and urban conservationist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Brinda Somaya was born on 28 June 1949.[2] Somaya completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mumbai University and her Master of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, United States.[3]

Career[edit]

Somaya began her architectural practice in 1978 in Mumbai, India.[4] From 1978 to 1981 she was joined by her sister Ranjini Kalappa, who is also an architect.[5] Her work includes corporate, industrial and institutional campuses and extends to public spaces, which she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas.[6] Some of these campuses include Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park, Mumbai; Nalanda International School, Vadodara; and Zensar Technologies, Pune.[7] Her firm won the competition for the `Restoration and Upgradation of the historic Louis Kahn Buildings of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)[8][9] as well as the new Academic Buildings of the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B).[10] She is currently the Chairperson of Board of Governors for School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada.[11]

Awards[edit]

In 2004 Somaya she won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award for the restoration of the St.Thomas' Cathedral in Mumbai.[12]

She is also a Leading European Architects Forum award winner for the new Nalanda Schools Campus in Baroda in 2006.[13][14]

Somaya was the first woman to have won the Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for lifetime achievement – a peer award, in 2007.[14] In 2008 a mention was awarded to Brinda Somaya by the UIA (International Union of Architects) Sgoutas Prize for alleviation of poverty for her Bhuj Village Project.[1][15] She received the AYA JK Cement Award for Indian State Architecture for the Jubilee Church at Navi, Mumbai,[16] and the Indian Institute of Architects' Kitply Award for Conservation for the Cathedral and John Connon Middle School.[17] Two of her projects were also nominated for the Aga Khan award. In 2013 she was chosen as one of the 100 GLOBAL PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN persons working at the intersection of design and service globally.[14]

In May 2012 she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College.[18] In 2014 she was awarded the Indian Institute of Architects – Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.[19] She was appointed an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University from 2017 to 2023.[20]

Notable works[edit]

  • Nalanda International School, Vadodara [7]
  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa[21]
  • Birla Institute Of Technology and Sciences, Pilani[22]
  • Zensar Technology Limited, Pune[23]
  • TCS House, Mumbai[24][25]
  • St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai[26]
  • Rehabilitation of Bhadli Village along with its School and community Center, Bhuj[25][27]
  • Restoration of the Indian Institute of Management –Ahmedabad (IIM-A) Louis Kahn Campus[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brinda, Somaya. "Ar. Brinda Chinnappa Somaya, Somaya and Kalappa Consultants". Modern Green Structures and Architecture. NBM Media. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ Ruggles, D. Fairchild, ed. (2014). "Brinda Somaya, Mumbai". Woman's Eye, Woman's Hand: Making Art and Architecture in Modern India. Zubaan. ISBN 9789383074785.
  3. ^ An emancipated place : the proceedings of the conference and exhibition held in Mumbai, February 2000 : women in architecture, 2000 plus : a conference on the work of women architects : focus South Asia. Somaya, Brinda., Mehta, Urvashi., Hecar Foundation. Mumbai: Hecar Foundation. 2000. ISBN 8175251948. OCLC 48041242.
  4. ^ An emancipated place : the proceedings of the conference and exhibition held in Mumbai, February 2000 : women in architecture, 2000 plus : a conference on the work of women architects : focus South Asia. Somaya, Brinda., Mehta, Urvashi., Hecar Foundation. Mumbai: Hecar Foundation. 2000. ISBN 8175251948. OCLC 48041242.
  5. ^ An emancipated place : the proceedings of the conference and exhibition held in Mumbai, February 2000 : women in architecture, 2000 plus : a conference on the work of women architects : focus South Asia. Somaya, Brinda., Mehta, Urvashi., Hecar Foundation. Mumbai: Hecar Foundation. 2000. ISBN 8175251948. OCLC 48041242.
  6. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "Building Storeys An Architect's journey through the Indian landscape". southasiainstitute.harvard.edu. harvard.edu. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b Brinda, Somaya. "Three Campuses and Brinda". inside outside. inside outside. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b Dutta, Vishal. "IIMA appoints consultant to restore historic Louis Kahn". economictimes.indiatimes.com. economictimes.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b Press Trust Of India. "IIM-A appoints master architects to restore heritage campus". business-standard. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "Empanelment for architects for comprehensive architectural consultancy for upcoming Academic and Residential projects for IIT-B" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  11. ^ gluelagoon.com, Glue Lagoon Interactive -. "Somaya & Kalappa Consultants - Architecture, Interiors, Planning, Conservation And Urban Design". www.snkindia.com. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  12. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "Restored pride". thehindubusinessline. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  13. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "" Nalanda International School" as Prestigious "LEaf AWARDS 2006 WINNER":". nalandaschool.org. nalandaschool. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  14. ^ a b c Brinda, Somaya. "Somaya & Kalappa – Mumbai – Architects". indian-architects.com. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  15. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "2008 Vassilis Sgoutas Prize – Mention". www.uia.archi. www.uia.archi. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  16. ^ "13th JK AYA - AYA JK Cement". www.aya-jkcement.com. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  17. ^ "Beyond the creamy layer". economictimes.indiatimes.com. economictimes. Archived from the original on 2015-10-13. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  18. ^ Brinda, Somaya. "Brinda Somaya". Inside Outside. Inside Outside. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  19. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "Lifetime achievement award for architect Brinda Somaya". timesofindia. times of india. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Brinda Somaya". Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large, Cornell University. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  21. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT". archinteriornews.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  22. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "BSBE #2 AN INDIAN ARCHITECT AND AN INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT — ARUN BABY M WILSON, B090639AR". creativemindsnitc.wordpress.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  23. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "Zensar Technologies Limited". indian-architects.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  24. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "TCS signs MoU for restoration of Rajabhai Clock Tower and Library at Mumbai University". tcs.com. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  25. ^ a b Somaya, Brinda. "Indian architect is an example of working in many worldsl". cornell.edu. Cornell University. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  26. ^ Namrata Joshi (2005). "She's Got Other Ideas". Entrepreneurs. Outlook India. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  27. ^ Somaya, Brinda. "ARCHITECTURE AS RESOURCE" (PDF). holcimfoundation. Retrieved 14 July 2015.