Harvard appoints Rahul Mehrotra as Chair of Department of Urban Planning and Design
The Indian architect, who heads RMA Architects, will set the course of the renowned urban planning and design program
Effective from July 1, 2020. Rahul Mehrotra will be the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization, at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
As the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Mehrotra will set the course of the GSD’s renowned urban planning and design programs, advancing the department's work to tackle urgent, global questions and projects. In his role as professor of Housing and Urbanization, he will lead the GSD’s efforts to advance the discourse and study around housing, with keen attention to the mounting challenges of widespread housing shortages and unaffordability.
With a distinguished career as both a practitioner and academic, Mehrotra’s work has focused primarily on housing issues and urbanization in India, where he founded his practice, RMA Architects in 1990. The firm has since designed and executed a wide variety of projects around the world at different scales, including government and private institutions, corporate workplaces, and private homes, amongst others.