Rahul Mehrotra and his firm RMA Architects have designed art and education facilities, individual houses and social housing schemes, corporation headquarters and factories, retail boutiques, and public restrooms in Mumbai and throughout India. He is also in the vanguard of preservation practices in India. Mehrotra is currently writing a book about urbanism, preservation, and architecture in India using examples from his practice, and he worked on this project while in Rome.
Mehrotra and RMA seek ways to mitigate exclusivity through their projects, using elements—such as gardens tended by gardeners or materials related to local craft practices—that can break through the boundaries of inequity that so often define the built environment. The Three Court House in Alibag (2014) was conceived as a series of discrete modules to minimize scale and mass and so connect the new structure to its village site. Hathigaon (elephant village), a social housing project for mahouts and their elephants in Jaipur (ongoing), transformed a former sand quarry into a landscape of trees, housing clusters, and the waterholes so crucial to the elephants’ health and the mahouts work with them.