Architect, Urban Researcher and Writer
Neera Adarkar is a practicing architect and an urban researcher based in Mumbai. A graduate from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai University, a post-graduate in Industrial Design from IIT, Mumbai, Neera has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by the department of Urban planning, Urbanism and Architecture of the Katholieke University, Belgium. She is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Bombay, 2013.
Neera is running a joint practice under Adarkar Associates, engaged in architecture, planning, conservation and urban research. Adarkar Associates has designed several private and public projects in and out of Mumbai. Neera’s work emerges from deep concern of social, urban and gender issues.
She is at present chairperson of Society of Environment and Architecture which has started a graduate school of architecture. She is one of the trustees of Majlis, a NGO engaged in cultural and urban projects. She has been a member of the Government appointed Committee of Experts for Dharavi Redevelopment, ex member of the Syllabus Committee for Architecture, Mumbai University and ex member of Board of Studies, Architecture, Goa University. She has co-authored with Meena Menon ‘One Hundred Years One Hundred Voices: Oral History of Millworkers of Girangaon’ (2004) and has edited an anthology: ‘The Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life’(2011). Neera has contributed essays to many publications and has delivered lectures at universities and conferences in Mumbai, Delhi, New York, Chicago, Berkeley, Cornell, Leuven and Columbia.