Building Urban Spaces: Mitu Mathur, GPM Architects and Planners
- Sharmila Chand
- Apr 01, 2021
Mathur grew up seeing her father, Gian P Mathur, drawing up plans and designing
big, architectural projects. Today, Ms Mathur is director of GPM – Architects
& Planners, one the country’s leading architecture and design companies
based out of New Delhi. A graduate of Sushant School of Art & Architecture,
Gurgaon, Ms Mathur has also completed her Master of Science in Architecture
& Urban Design from New York-based Columbia University’s Graduate School of
Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Steering GPM’s growth since 2006, Ms
Mathur is currently overseeing New Delhi’s leading landmark projects, like
Netaji Nagar and Sarojini Nagar redevelopment projects. In an interesting chat
with Sharmila Chand, Ms Mathur talks
about herself and her career.
How do you define yourself?
architect and urban designer by profession, a dreamer and traveller at heart
and, most importantly, a mother – a role that has transformed my perspective
towards my life and my work
What is your philosophy of life?
philosophy is guided by process, people and passion. I believe in aligning the
process of doing any work and establishing a system. Equally important for me
is the teamwork and collaborative effort that goes into making any successful
design story. And finally, it’s the passion and love for our work that drives
us every day.
What is your passion in life?
am passionate about exploring the evolution of design in Indian cities and
delivering innovative and sustainable design solutions for rapidly-changing
What is your management mantra?
a systems-driven organisation that people take pride in
Business leaders you admire the most...
My Father, Gian P Mathur, and Ratan Tata
family, which has been very supportive and always encouraging me to push the boundaries
to achieve more
You are a tough, serious boss or…
What do you enjoy the most in life generally?
Doing new things, meeting new people, going to new places and learning new skills
Your mantra for success...
towards your vision, and never stop trusting your inner instincts. Give due
time to your family and yourself, if you are good at your work.
Ten years from
now, where do we see you?
I envision myself playing a pivotal role in redefining Indian cities and creating spaces that people take in.