Charles Correa, face of contemporary architecture in India passes away


Charles Correa who was India’s greatest contemporary architect passed away in Mumbai following a brief illness at the age 84. Charles Correa had played an important role in the creation of architecture for post-Independence India. He was born on 1 September 1930 in Secunderabad, Telangana.

  • Charles Correa was known for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor and use of traditional methods and materials for construction.
  • During 1958-1963, Charles Correa had joined with Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Bhopal in 1967, National Crafts Museum, New Delhi (1975–1990), Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal (1982), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jawahar Arts Centre), in Jaipur, Rajasthan from 1986 to 1992, British Council, Delhi from 1987 to 92, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
  • During 1970 to 75, Charles Correa was Chief Architect for Navi Mumbai along with Shirish Patel and Pravina Mehta.
  • In 1985, Charles Correa also had served as first Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization and was appointed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

Charles Correa received many awards and honours. These are-

  • The Padma Shri in 1972
  • Padma Vibhushan (2006) by Government of India.
  • Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1984 by the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998, Praemium Imperiale of Japan.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 24, 2015