Neera Adarkar is Principal Architect at Adarkar Associates based in Mumbai, India, where she has designed a number of public and private projects. She is a practicing architect and an urban researcher.
She is a visiting faculty member in the Academy of Architecture (AoA), Rachana Sansad in Mumbai.
Neera Adarkar studied architecture at the Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai University and obtained post-graduate qualifications in industrial design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Powai) in Mumbai.
Her interest in social, urban and gender issues has resulted in her associations with various civil society organizations in Mumbai. She is a founding member and trustee of Majlis, a NGO engaged in cultural and urban projects. She is closely linked with the Textile Workers’ Union in the city of Mumbai. Her involvement in the urban struggles as an activist led her to participate in the process of formation of Mumbai Peoples’ Action Committee, a coalition of citizens’ groups active on various urban issues.
She has co-authored, with Meena Menon, One Hundred Years One Hundred Voices: An Oral History of Millworkers of Girangaon (2004) and edited The Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life (2011). She has many published articles to her credit and has presented papers in conferences and delivered talks on urban, cultural, architectural, heritage and gender issues in India beyond, including conference presentations and lectures at universities in New York, Chicago, Berkeley, Cornell and Leuven.
Neera Adarkar was a Facilitator of the Mobile Workshop “Retrofitting colonial Mumbai” at the 4th International Holcim Forum held in Mumbai in 2013.