Esa Shaikh is an urban designer who graduated from K.R.V.I.A. (Mumbai University) in 2016 and completed his architectural degree at Rizvi College of Architecture (Mumbai University) in 2014. His ongoing research examines the urbanism of different cities in India. His Master’s thesis, “CTRL + SPACE: Social exclusion and the city,” analyzed the root cause of exclusion occurring in the city and the relationship of excluded space and city regulations. He has also studied housing patterns in Jodhpur as well as issues of concern regarding the Mumbai Port Trust through his urban design studies. He is a heritage enthusiast and continues to research the history Mumbai. He has previously worked with Rahul Mehrotra on the Aga Khan Housing Project in Mumbai for the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently, he is working with the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai on projects including the State of Housing. He is an assistant professor in Rizvi College of Architecture teaching urban design theory, human settlements and the importance of heritage in the city.