Somaya and Kalappa
Somaya and Kalappa

Somaya and Kalappa

Architects from 29, Walchand Hirachand Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai, India
Somaya and Kalappa is a full service architectural firm offering each client a combination of imaginative design, expertise, and intense involvement. Our reputation is based on providing the highest quality of professional services to every client. We strive to produce work that is innovative, and practical, while keeping in mind the social, economic, environmental and aesthetic issues relevant to each project.

Our combined skills in architecture and interior design, together with our resources in engineering services enable us to ensure that high-quality functional solutions are delivered on time and within budget. We see architecture and interior design as overlapping and symbiotic areas of activity and continue to maintain the delicate balance of innovation and professionalism that is our hallmark.

In today's global expanse the ability to work in different parts of the world with international architects is essential. and we understand this very well. Over decades, we have gained extensive international experience working with reputed global architecture firms.

S&K was founded by the Architect and Urban Conservationist - Brinda Somaya.

“ There must be very few countries in the world where architects have such varied challenges as we have in South Asia today. Our involvement ranges from upgradation of slums to large corporate and public buildings, from low income housing to the restoration of magnificent vernacular and colonial buildings. Wonderful, exciting and fulfilling tasks that span our careers take us from being hi-tech professionals to barefoot architects.

The architectural legacy of the Indian subcontinent is immeasurable. The subcontinent has inherited an incredibly rich architectural legacy and it has also inherited a large number of “ordinary” buildings, which form the bulk of our urban landscape. We cannot afford to build everything anew. However there can only be a future for buildings from the past if the conservation movement works in tandem with planning and development strategies. Only then can deterioration be prevented leading to the final steps of restoration and rehabilitation.

Living and working as an architect in the India of the eighties, nineties and now the twenty-first century has involved challenges much more varied in nature than conventional architectural projects in most parts of the world. In the olden days we thought of man when cities were being built. Today we think of floor space index, building codes, budgets and so on but often leave out the protagonist of the space- Man.

As Architects our practice tells the world who we are and what we value. It is not a single building we designed which may have won awards, it is not something that only the stars in our profession have, it is something all of us Architects have, our practice. Through my practice of almost thirty years I believe that an inclusive practice that spans our diverse population, be it economic or cultural, provides us with great satisfaction. The Architect’s role is that of guardian- he or she is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.

Brinda Somaya
Mumbai-2008