Architectures of Transition, Emergent Practices in South Asia


By Rahul Mehrotra, Devashree Shah and Pranav Thole

A catalogue of 41 emergent architectural practices in South Asia that have displayed a rigorous engagement in the making of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure in the public realm responding to their societies in transition.

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The Architecture(s) of Transition is a project focused on South Asia and initiated by the Graduate School of Design, Laxmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, the South Asia GSD Student Group, and supported by Architecture Foundation, India. The project components include a lecture series, conference, traveling exhibition, and a book documenting the research and conversations that emerge from this larger research project. This publication is focused on emergent practices in South Asia and was based on a lecture series that ran from March 2022 to March 2023 and served as a platform for discussion among many of the young practices included in this book.


Architectures of Transition, Emergent Practices in South Asia


225 x 170 mm


Rahul Mehrotra, Devashree Shah and Pranav Thole




Architecture, South Asia







   Publication date

Jannuary 2024

About the authors

Rahul Mehrotra is a Professor of Urban Design and Planning and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is the Founder Principal of RMA Architects, which was founded in 1990 . Mehrotra’s most recent books are titled Working in Mumbai (2020) and The Kinetic City and Other Essays (2021). The former, a reflection on his practice, evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai. The second book presents his writings over the last 30 years and illustrates his long-term engagement with and analysis of urbanism in India. This work has given rise to a new conceptualization of the city that Mehrotra calls the Kinetic City.

Devashree Shah is an architect who graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master of Architecture II degree in 2023. With international experience at Serie Architects and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, she currently holds the positions of Coordinator of Inclusive Public Transit and Inclusive Design Architect at the Institute of Human-Centered Design, Boston. Her ongoing research project focuses on the repair of affordable housing (Chawls) in Mumbai, featuring field studies and imaginative projections as its central components. Her project, ‘Thrive – Dual-Use Housing,’ earned recognition in the ‘Inside Out’ exhibition curated by Dan Borelli at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Pranav Thole is a Harvard Graduate School of Design alumnus with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (2023). As an Architect and Urban Designer, he’s worked with distinguished firms such as Sameep Padora and Associates, Flying Elephant Studio, and junya.ishigami + associates. He is currently working as an Urban Designer at ONE Architecture + Urbanism, in New York, focusing on transportation and resilience infrastructure projects. He has been recognized for his interdisciplinary work, having been named a finalist in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Competition in 2022 and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition in 2023.

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