Mr. Projjal Dutta, A.I.A., LEED, AP

Projjal K. Dutta, A.I.A, LEED AP, is New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Director, Sustainability Initiatives. He is the first incumbent of this position.

The MTA established a Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability in September 2007. Mr. Dutta works closely with this Commission toward two broad goals:  1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA’s operations.


Mr. Dutta has more than fourteen years of experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, Mr. Dutta worked as a sustainable architecture consultant for a large range of projects and clients, including New York City Transit (NYCT), Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction Company (MTACC), Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT); as well as for several private and institutional entities. He served as the Sustainable Strategies Manager for STV, an AE firm based in New York between 2005 and 2007. Before STV, he worked Fox & Fowle Architects (2000-2005) and for Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven (1997-2000).  In both these firms, Projjal worked on large-scale commercial and infrastructure projects. Prior to coming to the United States, he worked for Stein Doshi Bhalla (1991-1993), one of India’s premier architectural practices and ran his own office in New Delhi (1993-1995).


Mr. Dutta has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of the built environment


Excited by intellectual interaction and the value of new ideas, Mr. Dutta has been a member of the visiting faculty at Columbia University and has also taught at New York University. His graduate thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was adjudged the “Best Thesis”. He pursued his studies at MIT with a scholarship from the INLAKS Foundation, India’s most prestigious grant for foreign graduate studies. His built projects have been featured in publications in the U.S. and abroad.


Mr. Dutta volunteers his time as a Member of the Program Committee of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). He is a part of a team that evaluates presentation submissions and puts together the slate for the annual conference “Greenbuild”, the largest event centered around the theme of green buildings, globally


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