Book: Brinda Somaya: Works & Continuities, An Architectural Monograph

Text and images: Mapin Publishing / the HECAR Foundation

Brinda Somaya - Work and ContinuitiesThis volume is a comprehensive monograph chronicling the personal and professional journey of the Indian architect and urban conservationist Brinda Somaya, from 1975 to the present. Documenting a prolific practice, this volume provides an insight into the thinking and processes that have produced award-winning architecture, urban design, conservation and rehabilitation projects over the last four decades.

I am an Indian and all what I am comes from my heritage.
It is an intrinsic part of my being and will naturally reflect in my work in
many ways. The architect’s role is that of a guardian, he or she is the
conscience of the built and the unbuilt environment.
– Brinda Somaya
 Brinda Somaya has created a diverse and eclectic portfolio of work that spans the width and depth of India. Belonging to the “Bridge Generation”, Somaya defines the term and frames it as a time in which individuals initiated their careers in different arts including architecture and design as they addressed the changing socio-political landscape of a newly-Independent India. It was this generation that ‘bridged’ the architectural spaces between the Great Masters and the current generation.


Brinda Somaya - Work and ContinuitiesSome inner pages:

Also listen to Brinda Somaya and contributors talking about the book:

Her work transcends stylistic vocabulary and draws its inspiration from Indian culture, the landscape of the subcontinent. The book explores a cross-section of Somaya’s diverse typology of projects including housing, institutions, conservation, urban design, social design and industrial works that represent a unique ‘non-stylistic’ grammar that has a sense of ‘order and appropriateness’. Situating her work in a broader context, the essays in this volume offer multiple perspectives on Somaya’s accomplishments, while the dialogues outline the concerns central to her work.


Nandini Somaya Sampat, architect, interior designer and Director at SNK Consultants, is involved in all aspects of the design, coordination and execution of projects.

Ruturaj Parikh is a partner at Matter, an architecture and content firm based in Goa. Former Director of the Charles Correa Foundation, he works on architectural and curatorial projects.

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