Mamta Patwardhan holds a B.Arch degree (First class with honours) from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, 1993, M.Arch in Project Management (1st Ranker) from Mumbai University
Climate change impacts, environmental risk assessment and disaster reduction constitute the areas of her recent academic focus that encouraged her to complete a certificate course on Climate Change and Urban Environment from CEPT, Ahmedabad in 2012. She also takes keen insterest in organizing the KRVIA lecture series called the Encounters.
She believes in the inculcation of reflective teaching practices and in the demonstration of thoughtful scholarship as well as a commitment to her ongoing professional development. The teaching of design is itself a critical act, and that effective methodology at every scale from curriculum planning to classroom techniques can and must be formulated and discussed. Design Education has unique educational strategies; and should be the subject of substantial trans-disciplinary interest.
She has been involved in a design-charette with the renowned Plater- Zyberk for the design of Koramangala at Bangalore while working with Thadani-Hetzel Architects. She has shared her professional expertise with many architectural firms like Ratna Dharia, Ved Segan Associates, Frischmann Prabhu and her experience involves working on landscape projects, conservation documentation, preparation of international financial and technical bids and is currently managing a residential redevelopment projects under Cove Architects and others.
She embarked on her research as part of the EU funded BInUCom project that deals with assessing climate change impacts on the health of the slum inhabitants, in 2016. Her research interest led her to present a poster at the Columbia University NY in 2017 that explained the vulnerability of coastal informal communities to sea level rise and extreme rainfall events.
She has also recently presented her paper, “Debating Sustainable Resilience: A Case of Gazdar Bandh”, co – authored with Shantanu Khandkar (Core faculty, KRVIA), at 12th Conference of The International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU): Beyond Resilience held at Tarumanagara University, Jakarta, Indonesia in 2019.
She believes that different courses should be designed to bring the research to the classroom and has been involved in developing an elective “Resilience by Design” with the Bachelors Programme that deals with the question, “Can Design and Planning Inform Adaptive Strategies to Climate Change Impacts in Vulnerable Communities,” for the last 3 years. This year she has revised her course to address the pandemic and it deals with the relation of urban form and pandemic resilience