Mustansir Dalvi

Mustansir Dalvi is Professor of Architecture at Sir J. J. College of Architecture.

He is a member of the Academic Council of the University of Mumbai and the present Chair of the Board of Studies in Architectural Education of the University of Mumbai. He is on the Board of Governors of the MMRDA Heritage Conservation Society.

Mustansir Dalvi has lectured, read and published several papers on architectural education, architectural history and heritage, urban transformation and architectural semiotics. His research is published in ‘New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions’ (INTBAU), ‘Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre'(UDRI), ‘Quiet Conversations: the architecture of Kamu Iyer'(MPC/NCPA), ‘Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern’ (Marg), and is the author of ‘The Romance of Red Stone: An Appreciation of Ornament on Islamic Architecture in India’ (Super Book House).

He is the editor of ’20th Century Compulsions’ (Marg, 2016), a collection of writings about early Indian modernist architecture from some of the most important practitioners of the time. His latest book is ‘The Past As Present: pedagogical practices in architecture at the Bombay School of Art’ (Sir JJ/UDRI, 2016).

Mustansir Dalvi has written columns for Time Out Mumbai, firstpost.com and currently, the Hindu,scroll.in and thewire.in, where he critically observes Mumbai’s urbanity and charts the semiotics of its contradictions.

My Sessions

What Makes Public Art?

Coomaraswamy Hall

There are many possible definitions of art in the public domain. As the term ‘public domain’ suggests, it is as much a question of space, as it is of the debates that are made possible in such a space. The porous and indeed contested relationship between the spaces of art and those of the public […]

Public Art