University of New Mexico
George Anselevicius Memorial Lecture
28th March 2013
Keynote Speaker at
for Sustainable Construction
12th April 2013
Public. Interest. Design
Somaya and Kalappa is a full service architectural firm offering each client a combination of imaginative design, expertise, and intense involvement. Our reputation is based on providing the highest quality of professional services to every client. We strive to produce work that is innovative, and practical, while keeping in mind the social, economic, environmental and aesthetic issues relevant to each project.
Our combined skills in architecture and interior design, together with our resources in engineering services enable us to ensure that high-quality functional solutions are delivered on time and within budget. We see architecture and interior design as overlapping and symbiotic areas of activity and continue to maintain the delicate balance of innovation and professionalism that is our hallmark.
In today's global expanse the ability to work in different parts of the world with international architects is essential. and we understand this very well. Over decades, we have gained extensive international experience working with reputed global architecture firms.
There must be very few countries in the world where architects have such varied challenges as we have in South Asia today. Our involvement ranges from upgradation of slums to large corporate and public buildings, from low income housing to the restoration of magnificent vernacular and colonial buildings. Wonderful, exciting and fulfilling tasks that span our careers take us from being hi-tech professionals to barefoot architects.
The architectural legacy of the Indian subcontinent is immeasurable. The subcontinent has inherited an incredibly rich architectural legacy and it has also inherited a large number of “ordinary” buildings, which form the bulk of our urban landscape. We cannot afford to build everything anew. However there can only be a future for buildings from the past if the conservation movement works in tandem with planning and development strategies. Only then can deterioration be prevented leading to the final steps of restoration and rehabilitation.
Living and working as an architect in the India of the eighties, nineties and now the twenty-first century has involved challenges much more varied in nature than conventional architectural projects in most parts of the world. In the olden days we thought of man when cities were being built. Today we think of floor space index, building codes, budgets and so on but often leave out the protagonist of the space- Man.
As Architects our practice tells the world who we are and what we value. It is not a single building we designed which may have won awards, it is not something that only the stars in our profession have, it is something all of us Architects have, our practice. Through my practice of almost thirty years I believe that an inclusive practice that spans our diverse population, be it economic or cultural, provides us with great satisfaction. The Architect’s role is that of guardian- he or she is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.
Mumbai - May, 2013
Brinda Chinnappa Somaya, Architect and Urban Conservationist completed her Master of Arts degree from Smith College, USA after graduating from the Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. She believes that development and progress must proceed without straining the cultural and historic envronment. Her philosophy: the Architect's role is that of guardian - his is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.
This belief underlines her work at "Somaya and Kalappa", the company she founded and has headed for the last three decades. Her oeuvre, spanning corporate, industrial and institutional clients extends to public spaces, which she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas. These include the Colaba Woods, Ganeshpuri Temple and a slew of pavements in South Mumbai & the reconstruction of an entire village in Kutch. She has done the master planning and building design of multiple corporate and educational campuses. Some of these award winning campuses include the Tata Consultancy Services - Banyan Park, Mumbai, the Nalanda International School, Vadodara, the Zensar Technologies limited, Pune. Other campuses include the Goa Institute of management and the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani
She has won numerous personal and professional awards through the years.But perhaps one of her most fulfilling involvement has been in Progressive Conservation - best exemplified in the restoration and renovation of her alma mater, the Cathedral and John Connon Schools, prime examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the historic precinct of the Fort area, Mumbai. An example of how the future can be embraced without erasing the past, this conservation effort embodies, in microcosm, what other historic areas of the city might do to renew themselves and by extension, the city, through focused environment-conscious (and history-sensitive) architecture. She emphasizes time and again that her involvement in conservation is neither self indulgent nor reverential, but an intelligent meshing of the old and new to develop an architectural form that serves the present.
Brinda Somaya has delivered analytical and critical talks as well as presented papers in India and abroad on Conservation, Women in Architecture, the changing role of Indian Architects and innumerable other subjects.
Brinda Somaya is also a founder trustee of The HECAR Foundation and has chaired the highly successful conference and exhibition on the work of Women Architects with a focus on South Asia. The foundation has also brought out various books on architecture
S&K believe strongly in keeping up with modern technology and integrating such systems into our work environment.
We have our design office located in the historic Ballard estate precinct of Mumbai & we also have a centrally located Bengaluru office. Our fully equipped and electronically linked architectural and interior design offices have dedicated CAD workstations and facilitate communication via phone, fax, e-mail and FTP access (Broadband and ISDN lines) between the branch offices and when working with international architectural firms and our clients.
As a result of advances in technology we are able to work and monitor projects in all parts of our vast country. We have a stable and technically competent workforce, many of whom have been part of our organization from the beginning of our growth period. There is a strong sense of community within the organization.
TECHNICAL STAFF – 60+
LIST OF LICENSED SOFTWARE
Autodesk AutoCAD 2008
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2008
Autodesk Architectural Desktop 3
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9
Adobe Acrobat 7
II. CIVIL & STRUCTURAL
III. MECHANICAL SERVICES
(a) Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC)
(b) Refrigeration System
(c) Hot and Cold Water Systems
(d) Boilers / Steam Generators
(e) Chilled Water System
IV. ELECTRICAL SERVICES AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
(a) Main Sub-Station
(b) Primary and Secondary Power and Lighting Distribution System
(c) Closed Circuit Television System
(d) Channelled Music System
(e) Emergency Power and Lighting Supply System
(f) Elevators and Escalators
(g) Fire Alarm System and Warning Services
(h) Lighting Arrestors
(k) Audio Visual Aid Equipment for Conventions and Exhibitions
(l) Computer System
V. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION
(a) Sanitary System
(b) Water Treatment Plant
(e) Sewage Disposal and Treatment
(f) Storm Water Disposal
(g) Fire Fighting
VI. RECREATIONAL SERVICES
(a) Swimming Pool and Filtration Plant
(b) Health Club Facilities
(c) Play Areas for Children
(d) Games Facilities
VII. OTHER SERVICES
(b) Hard Landscaping
VIII. INTERIOR DESIGN
(b) All Detailed Interior Design
MUMBAI - Head Office
Ground Floor, North Wing, Udyog Bhavan,
29, Walchand Hirachand Marg, Ballard Estate,
Mumbai - 400001, Maharashtra, India
S-421, South Block, Rear Wing, 4th Floor,
No. 47, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road,
Bangalore - 560 042.
Tel: +91-80-2532 1708/ 1709
Fax: +91-80-2532 1709