Harvard picks Indian for key prof post

As professor of Urban Design and Planning, Mehrotra will teach studios and seminars on architecture and urbanisation in India, besides working with students on research projects related to infrastructure, historic preservation and questions of rapid growth and extreme urban conditions in South Asia.

Graduate School of Design (GSD) Dean Mohsen Mostafavi said Mehrotra’s work as a teacher, practitioner, researcher and community advocate makes him “exceptionally qualified to contribute to the GSD’s growing involvement with the challenges of urbanism around the world.”

An alumnus of the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, he graduated with a master’s degree in Urban Design from the GSD. He has taught at the University of Michigan and at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT (2007-2010).

Work in India
He has been involved in civic and urban affairs in Mumbai, having served on commissions on historic conservation and environmental issues.

He was also Executive Director of the Urban Design Research Institute.

“The GSD and the University at large will benefit from Rahul’s extensive experience and informed perspective on South Asian urbanism,” Harvard’s Vice Provost for International Affairs Jorge Dominguez said.

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