Chaarvi Mathur

Assistant Professor


My academic interest lies in setting out a series of normative principles for urban designers to use when planning for and regulating public space design and management. My present research interest aims at recognising the potential of the “Private” as creator and propagator of public spaces in Mumbai’s lopsided open space developmental planning. It explores the possibility of bridging the gap between the reality of the existing methods of open space incentivization with the the concept of Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) as the core toolbox to configure , re-contextualise and demonstrate the provision of public spaces in the context of Indian cities.My work looks at legalising and legitimising Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in Indian cities along with their specific social context.


I believe as a designer of the ever-growing urbanising world, my role as a practitioner and an educator goes beyond the esoteric. It evolves into one that is of an activist. With that in mind, I look at the practice of urban design as an outcome of social behaviours and theories which must be furthered into the ground realities of politics and performative bureaucracy of the local, transforming the existing paradigm of our urban situation. And the latter can only be achieved by constantly learning and unlearning different past and present systems. Chaarvi completed her M.Arch in Urban Design from KRVIA, Mumbai (2013 - 2015) and her 2013 B.Arch from BNCA, Pune (2008-2013)


Urban Design Thesis Excellence Awarded by: The Institute of Urban Designers (IUDI) India Award and exhibition of Masters Design Thesis amongst top colleges in the country. ISBT, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (part of the winning team) Awarded by: The government of Rajasthan, India Design competition floated by the state govt. of Rajasthan, India to design an inter-state bus terminal in the city of Jaipur. Publication: Article titled “ Privately Owned Public Spaces” published in the 2016 Anniversary Edition of magazine ‘Architecture Update’ Publication: Article titled “ Can Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) answer Mumbai’s post-pandemic public Space Rationing” published by UX Collective on social journalism platform - Medium CSR Initiative Project by L&T Seawoods Guided the design team of students at Navi Mumbai in the design of Municipal school parks and open spaces in the CSR project. Moderated following educational webinars on : - Urban Renewal - Transmuting Cities with the process of 'housing' - Sustainable Architecture , the way ahead - Architecture of Well-being, trends in 'Healthcare Architecture'