Executive Director, Urban Design Research Institute
Pankaj Joshi Executive Director, UDRI studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai and then obtained a Master of Arts in Building Conservation from the Institute of Advanced Architecture Studies at the University of York, UK in 1998.
In private practice as a conservation architect since 1999, his works spans a wide range from planning, urban design and conservation to architecture and interiors. He has served on the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee of State Government of Maharashtra and is on the Board of Governors of the Heritage Conservation Society of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
He has been a visiting professor at schools of architecture and the joint convener of the Mumbai Study Group, an interdisciplinary forum, at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, and a member trustee of SAVE forum, an environment action group in North Mumbai.
Among other books edited by him, he has been instrumental in initiating the Mumbai Reader (2006-ongoing) which is an annual feature compilation providing a glimpse of the complex dynamic of the city of Mumbai. He recently won the HT for Mumbai Popular Choice Award given to change makers of Mumbai.