Adarkar Associates
arvind Adarkar I neera Adarkar I arun Kale


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Arvind Adarkar, founder of Adarkar Associates, graduated in 1971 from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Bombay University.  In 1975 he started his own practice in architectural and interior consultancy in Mumbai.  Joined by Neera Adarkar and Arun Kale as partners in the early 80s, the firm now is known an Adarkar Associates which handles various project in and out of Mumbai. Arvind has designed several architectural and interior projects in and out of Mumbai.






Arvind Adarkar’s expertise on Mumbai city’s local history and on the Urban Development issues relating to the Housing and Development Policies of Mumbai and of the State, has been a great resource to various organizations and movements engaged with the critical issues of the city. Associated with many organizations, Arvind Adarkar was appointed a member on the ‘High Power Committee of Government of Maharashtra on formation of Long Term Policy for Housing Urban Poor ‘.

After being a visiting faculty for the architectural design studio in the three major colleges of architecture in the city for over 20 years, in 2006 Arvind Adarkar was invited to take up the posts of Joint Director, Academy of Architecture, and as the Director of a Post-Graduate course in Urban Studies in Rachana Sansad institute.

Invited in India and abroad to present papers and deliver lectures on various aspects of the urban development, environment and sustainable development, Arvind Adarkar has written several articles, contributed to regular columns and has been extensively quoted in the print media of the city. He has also been invited very often on the electronic media as an urban planning expert to express his views.



Association with Professional and Expert bodies

  • Member, Council of Architecture (COA No. CA/84/7962).
  • Joint Director Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad, Mumbai.
  • Director, Urban Studies Course, Rachana Sansad, Mumbai.
  • Appointed on the ‘High Power Committee of Government of Maharashtra’ on formation of Long Term Policy for Housing Urban Poor.
  • Founder, Mumbai Study Group, a forum to promote multi-disciplinary dialogue on Urban issues.
  • Life member of Bombay Natural History Society
  • Life member of Museum Society of India.
  • Life member of Local History Society of India.
  • Member of National Centre of Performing Arts.


Research Papers presented :

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's Draft Development Plan 1996 - 2011 : A Critical Analysis
Paper presented in seminar on ' Citizens' Response to MMRDA Plan, Mumbai Vikas Nagarik Manch at University of Mumbai, Mumbai October -1996

Textile Mills' Lands : Land-use and Reality
Paper Presented at the seminar on ' Emerging Urban Land-use Pattern and perspective on Future Management ' Organized by Siddharth College of Mumbai at Kalina Mumbai March – 1997

Fighting a Losing Battle ? Planning Policies of Mumbai in the Wake of Globalization
Paper Presented at 'City, Space and Globalization' Symposium at University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , Michigan , USA , February 1998.

Whose Space is it anyway?
Paper Presented at the International conference on Human Habitat (ICHH) organized by Rizvi College of Architecture on at Bandra, Mumbai, January 1999

Impact of Industrialization on the City of Mumbai
Paper Presented at the National Seminar on 'Industry, Labour Relations in Mumbai in the 20 th century' at the Convocation Hall, University of Mumbai , March 1999.

Mumbai City : At the Turn of Millennium
Paper presented at a workshop conducted on 'Tales, site, Memory, Living History Through popular Culture' by Majlis at National Center of Performing Art, Mumbai, October 1999.

Architecture and the Multiplicity of Culture Mumbai
Paper presented at a workshop conducted on 'Tales, Site, Memory, Living History Through Popular Culture' by Majlis at National Center of Performing Arts, Mumbai, October 1999.

Proposal for Integrated Development of Textile Mills' Land
Proposal Presented to the Ministry for Labour, Maharashtra State 1999.

City’s Planning policies : Microscopic look at Bandra- Kurla Complex
Paper presented at International Conference on Human Habitat at Rizvi College of Architecture, in Jan –2001

Emerging Office Sector and Globalization
Paper presented in national seminar at S.N.D.T. College Mumbai on Feb 17, 2001

Hawkers: City’s Bane or Boon?
Paper presented at Department of Geography’s national conference at Mumbai University , Kalina in Dec. 2001

City, People and Globalization
Paper Presented at International Conference for Human Habitat (ICHH) at Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai in Jan – 2004

Urban Governance –Whose Ball Game Is It?
Paper Presented at International Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru University at New Delhi in January 2005

‘Urban Governance with special emphasis on 74 th amendment of constitution’
International Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi . on January 10, 2005

Urban Renewal Issues and Strategies
Paper presented in the conference organized by Department of Sociology of the University of Pune - in Jan 2006

Mumbai, a Magacity, an Overview
Presentation at the Municipal Corporation of Darban in South Africa . in Sept 2005

Development of City of Mumbai
A lecture to students of “ Illinois University , USA at Yuva Center , Kharghar in Feb 2006
Attended conference on “ Governance of Mega cities” at Tata Institute of Social Science, Chembur Mumbai Feb 2006

Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (NURM)
Paper presented at conference on At Panji Goa in Jan 2006
Attended Conference “Urban Poor & slums” at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, chairing the session Mar 2006

Land Use Pattern and Exclusion of Urban Poor
Presentation and lecture in National Consultation on 15 th and 16 th April 2006 organized by Hazards Centre (Delhi) and Committee of Right to Housing (Mumbai).

Urban Sustainability and Mumbai’s Mill Lands
in the International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment at Ecole d’Architecture Paris, France on April 25-28, 2006.
Participation in International Conference on “Conservation in Changing Societies” from 22 till 25 May 2006 at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven , Belgium .

Guest Lectures

  • Department of Sociology, Mumbai University
  • Department of Sociology S.N.D.T. University
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai
  • YASHADA – Yeshwantrao Chawan Training Institute at Pune
  • YUVA – Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, Mumbai
  • Kirti College , Mumbai
  • Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai
  • Ram Narain Ruia College , Mumbai
  • Participated in a panel discussion in ‘ Think City ’ seminar in Mumbai Festival at Little Theatre of National Center of Performing Arts, Mumbai on January 15, 2005 .
  • Lecture at J.J. College of Architecture on ‘Future of Architecture in the Era of Globalisation’ on February 1, 2005 .
  • Lecture at Ruia College (Centre for Slum Studies) on ‘Mumbai’s Growth, Globalisation and informal housing’ on February 2, 2005 .


Public Lectures:

  • Lohia Memorial Lectures at Thane in 2003
  • Baburao Mumbarkar Memorial Lectures at Parel in 2004
  • Vishunshatri Chiplunkar Memorial lecture at Ruia college, 2005, Mumbai

Organisation of Workshops and Seminars

  • Teaching in 21 St century­ – New Trends & Pedagogy – at Rachna Sansad, 2003
  • Heritage Conservation-5 day workshop for MMRDA at Academy of Architecture-2004
  • Hospital Planning and Management with HOSMAC, the hospital planning consultant
    Be! Sharpe- One day seminar on Sustainable Built Environment-2004
  • Conducted workshop on 'Theatre and Architecture' at Academy of Architecture with Jaidev Hatthangady
  • Exhibition – German Architecture + Ecology at Rachana Sansad on February 18, 2005
  • Chaired a session in the conference on ‘Revisioning Mumbai’ on Bi-centenary of Asiatic Society, Mumbai on March 3, 2005
  • Organised 7 day ‘INTBAU’ workshop and made presentation on Mill Lands at Rachana Sansad – March 6 th to 12 th, 2005 .
  • Seminar by Center of Social Studies, Ahmedabad on informal housing on April 2, 2005
    Seminar on ‘City and Development Plan’ for MMRDA and Banglore Development Authority officials, April 2005
  • Seminar on Informal Housing by International Habitat Forum of Bangalore , May 2005



  • Articles published in Books:

Fighting a Loosing Battle ? Planning Polices of Mumbai in the Wake of Globalization – Research paper published in City, Space Globalization, An InternationalPerspective published by College of Architecture and Urban planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. 1998

Textile Mills’ Land - Landuse and Reality Article in Emerging Landuse Pattern and aPerspective on Future Landuse Managementin Mumbai. Selected Papers and Seminar Proceedings edited by Dr. Tapati Mukhopadhyay, May 1999.

Displacement in Mumbai - Article published in Baburao Samant Felicitation Volume Mumbai Kalchi ani Aajchi (Mumbai – Yesterday’s and today’s) published in Nov 1997.

  • Articles published in Newspapers:

Sardar Sarovar – A Megadam , 1989, Maharashtra Times, a daily published from Mumbai by Times Group Of Publications

Riddle of Textile mills, Aug 2000, Loksatta, a daily published from Mumbai by Express Group of Publications.

Deathwish – Do we need Atom Bomb?, Aapala Mahanagar, a daily published & edited from Mumbai by Nikhil Wagale.

India – Pakistan Relations, A Series of five articles published as a report after visit to Pakistan in year 1998 in Aapla Mahanagar, a daily published & edited from Mumbai by Nikhil Wagale.

‘Aalekh’ (A graph) 22 Articles in a Fortnightly Column

  • Articles published in Journals and Magazines:

Tourism policies – A Critical Analysis’ , Patheya Diwali Issue 1996

‘A short story – Swapnapravas’ , Patheya Diwali Issue 1996

‘Small Cities – Effective Alternative to big Cities’ , Anubhav – August 1998

Globalization– What it is! Andolan Indepence Day issue August 1998

‘In searchfor Mutnal space’ Purush – Spandana ‘ Diwali Issue 1999

Fighting aLoosing Battle ? Anubhav – Aug and Sept issue 2000

‘Bandra – Kurla Complex’ Aapala Mahangar; - Diwali issue 2000

‘Trafficproblems of Mumbai’ Aapala Mahanagar – Diwali issue 2001

‘Hawkers – City’s Bane or Boon?’ Aapala Mahanagar‘ Diwali issue 2002. Assisted as a member of the Inquiry Committee which resulted in the publication.

Guest edited the section on ‘Slum Housing and Urban Poor’ in Diwali issue of Miloon Saryajanee

An articles on Mumbai’s Urban issues in ‘Sanwad’ of October 2005

Murder of the Mills, An Enquiry in to Bombay ’s Cotton Textile Industry and its Workers.

Murder of the Mills - A case study of the Phoenix Mills.