Rajeev Kathpalia was born at Roorkee, India in 1958. He is a Graduate of the College of Architecture, Chandigarh 1979 and of Washington University at St. Louis, 1984 with a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design. He has Worked in Delhi, Kuwait and St. Louis, U.S.A. and currently practices from Ahmedabad.
He co-founded Mansar with Radhika Doshi in 1987. Mansar - is a Fusion of two Sanskrit Words, Mana Proportions and Sara - essence - A design Laboratory for experimenting with architecture, urban design, fashion, photography and exhibition design. The practise is the recipient of JK Cement’s 1993 Commendation Award and has won several national design competitions, Notable being the all India Mass housing scheme for CIDCO in 1988 and Urban Design Guidelines for part of Navi Mumbai in 1998.
Mansar's Works have been recognized and published in several journals within India and abroad. Since 1995 Mansar has been amalgamated with VÄstu ShilpÄ Consultants, a partnership between the two principals of Mansar and Dr. B V Doshi.
His ongoing projects include large urban design and planning projects, including revitalization of the historic core of Hyderabad and very high density low income urban mass housing. Architectural projects integrating conservation and recycling of fast depleting water resources is another area of his exploration. He is visiting faculty at the School of Architecture and the Urban Design program at CEPT, Ahmedabad. He has also taught at the Urban Design program, School of planning and Architecture, New Delhi. His Concerns on the unprecedented and uncoordinated urban growth in India have lead to his conducting multi-disciplinary design exercises with planning, urban design, architecture and landscape students within the theme of In search of India's future Cities.