Rahul Mehrotra is a practising
architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Graduate School
of Design at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Urban Design and
Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. His built
works include the LMW Corporate Office in Coimbatore, the Hewlett
Packard Campus in Bangalore, a Rural Campus for the Tata Institute of Social
Sciences in Tulzapur, an extension to the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, and
the restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad. Professor Mehrotra is
currently working on a hospice in Chennai, a corporate office building in
Hyderabad, a social housing project for elephants and mahouts in Amber and a
laboratory building in Basel.
Mehrotra has written extensively on architecture and urbanism in India and his
most recent book is Architecture in India since 1990 (Pictor, 2011). As Trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute, and
Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (both based in Mumbai),
Professor Mehrotra continues to be engaged as an activist in the civic and
urban affairs of the city. He serves on the boards of the London School of
Economics Cities, and the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and is a
member of the Global Jury of the 3rd Holcim Awards
Competition (2012). He was a member of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for
Architecture Master Jury and has served on the Award Steering Committee since
Datai Hotel On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2001.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.