Building Urban Spaces: Mitu Mathur, GPM Architects and Planners

Mitu 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?

An 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?

My 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?

I am passionate about exploring the evolution of design in Indian cities and delivering innovative and sustainable design solutions for rapidly-changing urban environments.

What is your management mantra?

Establishing a systems-driven organisation that people take pride in

Business leaders you admire the most...

My Father, Gian P Mathur, and Ratan Tata

Your strength...

My family, which has been very supportive and always encouraging me to push the boundaries to achieve more

You are a tough, serious boss or…

Tough but sensitive

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...

Work 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.

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