India’s great architect

Charles Correa, one of modern India’s greatest architects, passed away at Mumbai’s breach candy hospital on June 16. Correa was 84. Architect, planner and activist, he designed some of the most iconic buildings in India.

These include the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Madhya Pradesh state assembly building in Bhopal, the National Crafts Museum in Delhi, the Kala Academy in Goa, the permanent mission of India at the UN in New York and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon.

The Secunderabad-born Correa
was also the chief architect for Navi Mumbai, the satellite town across Mumbai harbour. After graduating from Mumbai’s St Xavier’s college, he studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his later years, Correa taught at several universities including MIT, where he was Farwell Bernis Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning.

We pay a pictorial tribute to the renowned architect by publishing images of some of the famous buildings he designed in India and abroad.