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As an author, Kalavati Somvanshi, FAIA, AIA, RA, B. Arch. Degree (with first class and design excellence award), G.D.Arch., AAJJA: (Her maiden name was: Kala Parab who graduated in 1963 from Sir JJ College of Architecture in Bombay (Mumbai), India and achieved B. Arch and G. D. Arch degrees). Kala worked with two architectural firms till 1966 in Bombay. In her career spanning 47 years, Kala has mainly worked in various countries, gaining experience in architecture and interior design, with extensive experience in the US. Having worked here in the USA for 43 years, of which 34 years were spent working in New York. Kala is a registered architect, RA-NY, FAIA as has been elected to the College of Fellows, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a life member of the Alumni Association of Sir JJ College of Architecture (AAJJA). Her extensive projects with the prestigious firms in the US are; Public Libraries, Museums, Public High Schools, High-rise Condominium Building; all worth $ 90 – $ 214 million each and, she self-practiced six additional private houses and interior designs.