Charles Correa - One of India's Architecture Greats

June 18, 2015

Today we pay our respects to one of India’s most influential architects, Charles Correa, who has died after a brief illness at the age of 84 in the Western city of Mumbai. Described as India’s greatest contemporary architect, Mr Correas had a wide range of design work, from cultural and civic monuments to modest housing developments, all of which have contributed greatly to India’s defining post-independence architecture.

Among his work, some of his most famous global works include the Ismaili Centre in Toronto and the Brain Science Centre on the MIT campus. Local Indian works include the Ghandi Memorial in Gujarat, the Kala Academy in Goa and the Bharat Bhavan art centre in Bhopal.

A favourite quote of ours from Mr Correa was written in the 1980s, “a good architect does not have to be fazed by working under severe economic constrains, however drastic they might be. Having perforce to use only the humblest materials, such as mud or sun-dried adobe bricks, need not prevent him from creating a joyous and triumphal piece of architecture.”

Featured works in order of appearance

Twin Houses, Bhavnagar, 1959-60
MRF Headquarters, Chennai, 1987-92
Ramkrishna House, Ahmedabad, 1962-64
Kovalam Beach Resort, Kovalam, 1969-74
British Council, Delhi, 1987-92
Champalimaud Centre, Lisbon, 2007-to date
Tata Technologies, Pune, 2000-04
Kanchanjunga, Mumbai, 1970-83

Portrait Courtesy of Barbara Doux
Images Courtesy of Charles Correa Associates