Sonal Shah

Managing Associate – Sustainable Transport


Sonal is a Managing Associate at EMBARQ India where she co-ordinates two urban development and accessibility projects – incorporating transit-oriented development principles in Naya Raipur’s master plan partnering with the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA); and improving pedestrian accessibility within MIDC-Marol, Mumbai and to the closest metro station partnering with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Sonal has over 5 years experience in architecture, urban design, planning and research in the United States and India. She has worked on development plans, heritage management plans, urban redevelopment and housing policy research. Prior to joining EMBARQ India, she worked with HCPDPM Pvt. Ltd., a private urban planning and design firm in Ahmedabad, India. Some of the key projects included a recreation and tourism plan that balanced the demand for tourism while conserving the fragile environmental features of Manori-Gorai-Uttan, a peninsula of 43 off the west coast of Mumbai; an action plan for environmental improvement and heritage conservation for Erangal Precint, Mumbai; and a paper on a New Policy for Slums and Formal Housing, Ahmedabad, commissioned by the Brookings Institute. Sonal has worked with the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai, on a proposal for the redevelopment of the textile mill lands in Mumbai. The project was exhibited at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in January 2005. The research resulted in the creation of a multi-stakeholder committee by the Maharashtra State Government to review the redevelopment policy for the mill lands. Sonal was a research fellow and teaching assistant (2003) at the Kamla Raheja Institute of Architecture, Mumbai where she reviewed the implementation of Slum Rehabilitation Policy in Mumbai. She also assisted in the theory of design course and architectural design studio. Sonal is an architect-urban planner. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in International Planning from Columbia University, New York.


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