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We are city practitioners with a cumulative experience of over 60 years of working in Mumbai, on over 100 projects and initiatives. We believe that current forms of practice in city planning and design are not comprehensive enough or appropriate, and hence we have formed this collaborative platform to work on urban and social issues in the MMR. Our team comprises architects, urban planners, urban designers, historians and conservationists.

Director Urban Design and Conservation

Director Urban and Regional Planning

Director Spatial Planning and Community Development

Principal Director

Vinay Deshetty

Architect and Researcher

Vinay has completed his Bachelor's in Architecture from IES College of Architecture in 2022. He has previously worked as an intern at Rohit Shinkre Architects, Mumbai. At UCM, he is working on urban design in the public realm. Vinay is passionate about observing, understanding and documenting the cultural diversity in India and its relation to people and spaces.

Diksha Gangurde

Architect and Researcher

Vaishnavi Virkar

Architect and Researcher


Architect and Researcher

Diksha has pursued her Bachelor's Degree from IES College of Architecture, Mumbai. She has a keen interest in working on city planning through community engagement and restoration solutions.

Vaishnavi completed her Bachelor's Degree from IES College of Architecture, Mumbai in 2023. As culture plays a significant role in shaping the way we perceive and interact with the world around us, she is interested in learning about the influence of cultural diversity on urban planning and regeneration.

Twinkle graduated from IES College of Architecture, Mumbai in 2023. Her areas of interest are community-centered initiatives, the integration of traditional building techniques with modern designs, and also understanding practical aspects of architecture in relation to the urban scale.