Porus Olpadwala – Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Art & Planning

Porus Olpadwala


Porus Olpadwala is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.  His areas of scholarly interest are comparative political economy, urban and economic development, and environmental issues.  He has written on the development and transfer of corporate technology, international agriculture and food, social transition processes, and urbanization and the environment.  He has consulted with the Ford Foundation, agencies of the United Nations, the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Professor Olpadwala started his appointment as Dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in July 1, 1999 after serving a year as Interim Dean.  From 2006 to 2010 he was Dale R. Corson Professor and Dean of the university’s Hans Bethe Residential College.  He has chaired the Board of Governors of the Cornell’s Real Estate Program, the Cornell Council for the Arts, and Cornell’s Andrew. D. White Professors-at-Large Program.


In an earlier career, through the nineteen sixties, Olpadwala worked in the corporate sector in India.  He retired from Cornell in 2013 and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning of the Univesity of New Mexico.


Olpadwala earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Calcutta (1962), and graduate degrees form Cornell in business (MBA, 1972) and planning (MRP, 1976; Ph.D, 1979).







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  • Neville Fulwadiwala

    Learned and respected people like Mr. Olpadwala should return to their roots in their final lap and contribute their immense knowledge and experience to his community youth in particular, various Parsi Religious Trusts, and also his Country.

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