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Remembering Charles Correa

Jun 20, 2015

Charles Correa - (1 September 1930 – 16 June 2015)
 Born - 1 September 1930, Secunderabad

Who was Charles Correa?

Architect, Urban Planner, Activist and Theoretician
Creator of modern architecture in post-Independence India.
India's greatest contemporary architect
Over four decades of Architectural Practice
Pioneering work on urban issues and low cost shelter
1970-75 - Chief Architect for New Bombay
 1984 - founded the Urban Design Research Institute, Bombay
Won various prestigious awards in the field of architecture for his notable works

Architectural Inspiration
Toy train catalogues in childhood and
an encounter with an architectural journal at age of 15

Education
Higher Studies - St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
(1949–53) - University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
(1953–55) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge
1958 - Established his own Mumbai-based professional practice

Projects
1958–1963 - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
1967 - Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Bhopal.


1970-83 - Kanchanjunga, Mumbai
1975–1990 - National Crafts Museum, New Delhi
1982 - Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 


1983-85 - Incremental Housing, Belapur, Mumbai 
1986 - LIC building, Connaught Place, New Delh
1986–1992 - Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Rajasthan
1987–92 - British Council, Delhi
2000–2005 - McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, Boston
2004 - City Centre, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
 2007–2010 - Champalimaud Centre for The Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal

Awards
1972 - Padma Shri
1984 -  Royal Gold Medal for architecture, RIBA
1990 - International Union of Architects UIA Gold Medal
1994 - Praemium Imperiale
1998 - 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture for Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
2005 - Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
2006 - Padma Vibhushan
2011 - Gomant Vibhushan (Goa's highest civilian honour)

 2013 - Royal Institute of British Architects held an retrospective exhibition, "Charles Correa – India's Greatest Architect", about the influences his work on modern urban Indian architecture.

June 16, 2015 - Charles Correa died at his residence, Mumbai after a brief illness in the age of 84.

50 Years of Archtecture of Charles Correa