Omkar Gupta
Omkar Gupta Director, Public Forum & Projects
Omkar Gupta obtained his Masters in Urban Planning and a certificate in Sustainable Urbanism from the Texas A&M University. He is passionate about making the city planning process people-oriented, transparent, efficient and most of all, sustainable. In the past, he has been involved with neighbourhood redevelopment projects such as Beaumont HOPE VI project

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and the Brazos Valley affordable housing project.

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Urmi Kenia Director, Bombay Studio & Projects
Urmi is a spatial planner and urban designer with a background in architecture. She is an ardent promoter of sustainable cities by creating mixed use neighbourhoods, providing an efficient public transport system and actively managing waste to reduce landfill areas.

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She is enthusiastic about improving walkability by reclaiming streets back for the people and creating pedestrian-friendly environments. Urmi has returned back to Mumbai from the UK, where she completed an MA in Urban Design and MSc in Spatial Planning, as well as worked, acquiring in total ten years of urban planning experience.

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Pooja Chichkar
Pooja ChichkarAssociate Director
Pooja Chichkar has studied Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and obtained a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Mumbai University, KamlaRaheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai.

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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.

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Amit Devale
Amit DevaleAssociate Director
After graduating as an Architect from MVP College of Architecture, Nasik, Amit studied Sustainable Architecture, from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. His professional work includes

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Revitalisation of Assi ghat in Benaras and involvement with UDRI for the Development Plan project. He is inclined towards researching public tranportation alternatives, policies and infrastructure for pedestrians in cities, affordable housing, urban recreational spaces and non-conventional construction techniques. He is interested in studying and researching possibilities of sustainable urban development.

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Priyanka BhosaleAssociate Director

Priyanka Bhosale holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from the University of Mumbai. She has previously worked as a journalist

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with the Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd, the Indian Express and with Magna Publications. She also has experience in women’s and child rights and has handled the Communications portfolio for Majlis Legal Centre. She has research experience in CSR programmes and population ageing with the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Owing to her journalism background, her interests lie in studying urban sociology and evolving identities in the urban context.

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Suchita MitraGIS Specialist
Suchita has obtained her Master’s degree in Geoinformatics from TERI University, New Delhi in 2013 after completing her graduation in Geography from Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta University in 2011. She worked as a JRF in DST, W.Bengal for the SIS-DP Project of NRSC, ISRO.

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After that she worked as an Image Analyst with UXO-India and NYU Stern School of Business and carried out mapping of global cities for contributing to the Atlas of Urban Expansion published at United Nations Habitat III Conference 2016. She is interested in research related to urban landscape, transport and sustainable development.

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Mehak Tiku  Senior Research Associate

Mehak has obtained her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad after completing her graduation from the Indian Education Society’s (IES) College of Architecture, Mumbai.

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She has previously completed an internship with Total Synergy Consulting Private Limited in New Delhi where she worked on developing a tourism circuit for Uttar Pradesh. She has also worked as an architect in OP.US Designs. Mehak has a keen interest in studying various urban issues inclined towards amenities for public convenience, pedestrian infrastructure and solid waste management.

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Krupa ShahResearch Associate

Krupa Shah has completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai.

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Her past professional experiences includes working as an intern-architect with Arcom56 (Architect’s Combine), Mumbai and working as an intern-writer with Design Variable, Mumbai. She has been published as a contributing author in the book People Called Mumbai, a publication spearheaded by Design Variable. She believes in minimalistic and sustainable architecture. She also has a keen interest  in studying urban planning and design, and desires to pursue social psychology in the near future.

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Anuja HaraleResearch Associate

Anuja has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from LS Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai.

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She has worked with Vikas Dilawari Architects during her internship, where she largely worked on conservation of heritage structures in the Mumbai Metropolitan area. Anuja has also worked as a freelancer on several documentation projects for institutional buildings, including Vivekanand Educational Society’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce, as well as assisted on residential design projects. Anuja is keen to understand better architectural design and the history of architecture in the urban context.

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Raveena GadkarResearch Associate

Raveena Gadkar has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai.

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She has previously worked as a junior architect at Vaastu Vidhaan Projects, where she has largely worked on the conservation of heritage pyaus (drinking water fountains) in Mumbai. As a student, she has contributed to the production of the exhibitions Deco on the Oval and Sir George Clarke Studios and Laboratories, held in Mumbai. Her interests lie in architectural research and conservation of heritage elements in the urban context.

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Rohan PatilResearch Associate

Rohan has completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Mumbai.

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He has previously worked as an intern with Minal + Sonal Designs, where he developed a keen interest in designing residential projects and living spaces such as bungalows with a particular focus on sustainable strategies. He has also worked on several freelance residential projects. His interests lie in understanding cities to develop improved architectural design strategies and conducting research on the same, through a lens of sustainable development.

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Sai JoshiResearch Associate

Sai has completed her graduation from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai.

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She was involved in the documentation and production of drawings for the portfolio Deco on the Oval and the Sir George Clarke Studios and Laboratories exhibition. Her past professional experience involves working as an integral part of the urban design team at Ratan J Batliboi Consultants, Mumbai, on the design and planning of public spaces and landscape areas. She is interested in exploring architectural research methods and mapping techniques to explore communities, identities, environment and aspires to pursue urban design and planning in the future.

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Tishya RaoResearch Associate

Tishya has completed her Bachelors in Urban Studies from Cornell University, USA.

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Her past professional experiences include working as a Planning and Research Intern for Perkins+Will in Dubai, UAE, and as a Communications Intern for a park preservation NGO in New York, USA. She has also interned as a Research Assistant for the Juhu Scheme Residents Association (JSRA) in Mumbai. As a student, she briefly studied in Italy, and was published as a contributing author in an Urban Studies Journal called Urbanista Tre for her research on ‘child-and-age friendly’ planning in Rome. Tishya’s interests lie in sustainable planning and human-centered urban design solutions. She hopes to pursue her Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in the near future.

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Rupali GaikwadAccountant

Rupali Gaikwad has obtained her degree in Commerce from Mumbai University and is in charge of the accounts section of the UDRI.

Rani Gopal
Rani Ramdas GopalAdministrative Associate
Rani Gopal has obtained her Degree in Master Of Commerce and she is an administrative associate, in the UDRI Office.
Afreen Shaikh
Afreen ShaikhLibrary Assistant
Afreen Shaikh has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Mumbai University. She is assisting the Librarian in the UDRI Resource Centre.
Alfred Fernandez Office Assistant

Alfred Fernandez is an essential part of the day-to-day operations at the UDRI office.

Santosh Shirke
Santosh ShirkeOffice Assistant
Santosh Shirke is an essential part of the day-to-day operations at the UDRI office.
Shrinivas Mukkidi
Shrinivas MukkidiOffice Assistant
Shrinivas Bhimrao Mukkidi is an essential part of the day-to-day operations at the UDRI office.
Sharifa DasOffice Assistant
Sharifa Das is an essential part of the day-to-day operations at the UDRI office.