Dr. Geeta Mehta (ギータ・メータ) joined the Advisory Committee of FUTI in April 2011. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York. Geeta lived in Tokyo for 23 years till 2009 with her husband and two sons. She received her Ph.D from the Department of Urban Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1998. She also served as the president for the American Institute of Architects in Japan (AIA Japan) in 2008.
Ms. Mehta has consulted and advised on urban design projects in Japan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Vienna, Ghana and Jamaica. She is a co-author of several books on Japan including New Japan Architecture (2011), Japan Gardens (2008), Japan Living (2008), Japan Houses (2005), and Japan Style (2004).
Dr. Mehta is the founder and president of the New York Chapter of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization in India, Japan, and USA with a focus on empowering poor communities with microcredit, education and skill enhancement. She is also a co-founder for “URBZ: User Generated Cities,” an organization that partners with disadvantaged communities for improving streets, neighborhoods and cities.
Geeta lives in New York with her husband Krishen Mehta.