Pankaj Joshi is an architect based in Mumbai and specializes in heritage conservation. He studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and has obtained a Master of Arts in Conservation Studies at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, UK. He is a member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee of Government of Maharashtra and is on the Board of Governors of Heritage Conservation Society of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). He is the executive director of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI); executive committee member of Comet Media Foundation, Mumbai and Charles Correa Foundation, Goa and member trustee of SAVE forum, an environment action group in North Mumbai. He has taught at several schools of architecture in Mumbai and has been the joint convener of the Mumbai Study Group, an interdisciplinary forum at the Academy of Architecture. His professional practice includes works in urban planning & design; architectural & urban conservation; architecture; and interior design. He has been instrumental in initiating the Mumbai Reader (since 2006) in English, Hindi and Marathi which is an annual compilation providing a glimpse of the complex dynamics in Mumbai and its Metropolitan Region. He has a wide range of publications and has delivered lectures at universities and conferences in India, US and Italy.