Rahul Mehrotra Appointed Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard GSD

Rahul Mehrotra has been appointed Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

From the announcement: “As we look toward our collective ‘near future,’ Rahul brings an unmatched depth of insight to this contemporary moment. His extraordinary synthesis of pedagogy, practice, and a generous ethos will continue to guide us into challenging but essential debates and discoveries.” – Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture.

See the full announcement here.

Sydney Modern Project Citation for RMA Architects’ Shortlisted Scheme

See the citation from the jury for RMA Architects’ shortlisted scheme for the Sydney Modern Project, as well as the other finalists here


The scheme is conceived to take advantage of the natural landform of the site by embedding the new building in the landscape. This formal modesty allows the design concept to articulate a striking relationship between the existing and new buildings with most of the new spaces placed underground.

The scheme is porous and facilitates movement from the Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain through the Gallery with a strong series of stepped terraces and ramps that reach down the site into Woolloomooloo.

The central concept of a ‘void’ connecting to both sky and earth is a powerful idea and the suggested creative programming would offer interesting ways of interpreting an art museum and its collection. Spaces created through the setting of a circular void in a rectilinear plan would provide unique spaces for curatorial creativity within the art museum context. The galleries for both contemporary art and temporary exhibitions are beautifully articulated spaces.

Through its deep commitment to the site and its potential for innovative programming the rigorously argued scheme presents a number of interesting ideas that address the concept of a 21st-century art museum.


‘The building is an armature for Art.

A Gallery should not be a singular image and overpower the artefacts; rather the site allows a plural dispensation of architectural strategies and form (or non-form, or earth-building)’

-RMA Architects

Rahul Mehrotra TED Talk

Rahul Mehrotra gave at TED Talk on ‘The Architectural Wonder of Impermanent Cities’ at TED2019 | Bigger than Us in Vancouver. See the full video here

Rahul Mehrotra Interviewed by Tracés

Rahul Mehrotra was interviewed by Tracés as part of their ‘Being in a Biennale’ interview series. Rahul spoke about RMA Architects’ installation at the 2018 Venice Biennale, which received a special mention from the jury. See the interview here.

Rahul Mehrotra and RMA Architects awarded special mention at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Rahul Mehrotra and RMA Architects were awarded a special mention at the 2018 Venice Biennale “for three projects that address issues of intimacy and empathy, gently diffusing social boundaries and hierarchies”. The international jury was composed of Sofía von Ellrichshausen, Frank Barkow, Kate Goodwin, Patricia Patkau and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.

See more at the official website of the Venice Biennale and on ArchDaily.

Rahul Mehrotra Lecture in Johannesburg

Rahul Mehrotra will give a lecture on July 26 in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the GSA Boogertman+Partners International Lecture Series. Events begin at 18:00 in the FADA Auditorium at the University of Johannesburg.

Rahul Mehrotra Interviewed on Architecture Talk

Rahul Mehrotra discussed Ephemeral Urbanism with Vikram Prakash on Architecture Talk. Listen to the full interview here.

Episodes of Architecture Talk are curated conversations with contemporary critics on architecture, and architectural thinking.


ArchDaily has featured the recently published book, Extreme Urbanism 3: Planning for Conservation: Looking at Agra, edited by Rahul Mehrotra, Vineet Diwadkar and José Mayoral Moratilla.

See the article here.