Born in Mumbai, Kaiwan Mehta, is a theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture, architecture, and city studies. Mehta has studied Architecture, Literature, Indian Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. He recently completed his doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru, under the aegis of Manipal University on ‘architectural ornaments and its relationship to the city and metropolitan experience, with a specific focus on Mumbai’. He has now published as well as exhibited his research work and ideas internationally. Since March 2012 he has been the Managing Editor of Domus India (Spenta Multimedia) – the India-edition of the international Domus magazine on Art, design, Architecture and City Studies; and writes prolifically on architecture, aesthetics, and cities.
He has set up courses in Architecture Theory as well as Art, Criticism and Theory, the politics around Craft as well as Aesthetics, and teaches across various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mumbai including setting up the Parsons – The New School for Design in Mumbai, India.
He has been elected as the Jury Chairman for two consecutive terms (2015–17 and 2017–2019) for the international artists’ residency programme across 13 disciplines at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been curating the Urban Design and Architecture section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai since 2016.