Abhijit graduated as an architect in 1999 from CEPT University, after which he was engaged in private practice in Mumbai (Bombay). His early works were slum redevelopment in developer-driven as well as the NGO-driven modes, affordable housing for a cooperative, a dormitory for nuns, etc. He later worked for a heritage conservation architect and was exposed to the challenges of protecting and conserving the built heritage by working on some of the iconic historic structures of Mumbai. He was part of the conservation team for Chandramauleshwar Temple in Hampi which won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation Award of Merit, 2012.
After completing his post-graduation in Urban Design, he worked on several projects at an urban scale and developed the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) course, which was streamlined for architect graduates who were pursuing their post-graduation in Urban Design and Urban Conservation. Later he pursued a research project under the Erasmus Plus funded programme, Building Inclusive Urban Communities (BINUCOM) and structured the GIS course around it.
Subsequently he worked on Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessment (HVRA) for certain settlements which were at natural and man-made risks, based on the method outlined by the World Risk Report. His other works based on the similar approach were multi-generational housing at Nairobi, Kenya and housing need assessment for the displaced communities in Salamieh, Syria.
Abhijit Ekbote is currently the Secretary of MMR-EIS and MMR-HCS, which are societies formed by the MMRDA for funding initiatives towards the protection of environment and heritage in MMR.