Brinda Somaya is an architect and urban conservationist. In 1978, she started her firm Somaya and Kalappa Consultants in Mumbai, India. Over four decades, she has merged architecture, conservation, and social equity in projects ranging from institutional campuses and rehabilitation of an earthquake-torn village to the restoration of an eighteenth century Cathedral, showing that progress and history need not be at odds. Her philosophy: the Architect’s role is that of guardian–hers is the conscience of the built and un-built environment. She is also a founder Trustee of the HECAR Foundation. She has received multiple awards, including being the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada and presently is the A.D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University.