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Geeta Mehta

Geeta Mehta is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has worked on design projects in over 12 countries in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. She received her B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, MSAUD from Columbia GSAPP, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo.

Geeta is the president of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization she founded in 1999 that has supported over 200 micro credit banks, 40 village knowledge centers, and education and technology initiatives in partnership with MSSRF and other local partners in India and other developing countries. Geeta has also developed the concept of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) inspired by carbon credits. This breakthrough virtual currency for social good is currently in use in India, Ghana, Kenya and in Washington, DC. SoCCs incentivize people to undertake projects in water and waste management, tree planting, neighborhood improvements in their communities and earn SoCCs. These are then redeemed for telephone talk time, healthcare, education and skill empowerment. Prof. Pedro Sanchez, Director of Columbia’s Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, World Food Prize recipient and a MacArthur Fellow, has praised SoCCs as “the most transformative and simple idea since Mohammad Yunus launched the micro credit movement”.

Geeta is also the co-founder of URBZ: User Generated Cities, located in Mumbai, with Rahul Srivastava and Matias Echanove. URBZ undertakes activist research and also works with underserved communities to help them transform their neighborhoods through advocacy and by improving public spaces and homes. Magazine dell’ Architettura ranked URBZ among the 100 most influential design organizations in 2011.

Geeta serves on the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Board for Waterfront Development, Weill Cornell Medicine Dean’s Community Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of Friends of the University of Tokyo. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Women Strong International and The Center for Livable Cities. She served as the President of American Institute of Architects Japan Chapter for 2008-09 while she lived in Tokyo.

Geeta is the author/co-author of six books on Japanese design and urban development, and she is also a frequent juror for design competitions and a speaker at international forums related to urban design and social capital. She was honored as one of the 21 leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews in 2015.

Geeta Mehta at Public2015
Lecture held at Public2015 Ideas Forum in Perth, Australia.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6851‑1 Spring 2018
Urban Design Studio III
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo 01c
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo 02
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo dia
Kate Orff, Ziad Jamaleddine, Laura Kurgan, Nora Akawi, Geeta Mehta, Julia Watson, Dilip da Cunha
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM, F 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A6851‑1 Spring 2017
Urban Design Studio III
21st c qanat sreyash dasgupta, vrinda sharma, andrea benavides ward, jiaqi sun geographical analysis
21st c qanat sreyash dasgupta, vrinda sharma, andrea benavides ward, jiaqi sun water bank axon
21st c qanat sreyash dasgupta, vrinda sharma, andrea benavides ward, jiaqi sun
Kate Orff, Ziad Jamaleddine, Nora Akawi, Laura Kurgan, Geeta Mehta, Dilip da Cunha, Julia Watson, Petra Kempf Required
M & Th 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM, F 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A6851‑1 Spring 2016
Ud orff marshallallen sebastiandelpino amandachan despothoma sp16 06
Ud orff marshallallen sebastiandelpino amandachan despothoma sp16 05
Ud orff marshallallen sebastiandelpino amandachan despothoma sp16 04
Kate Orff, Petra Kempf, Ziad Jamaleddine, Laura Kurgan, Geeta Mehta UD STUDIO, REQUIRED
M, W, & F 2 PM - 6 PM
9 Points
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