Biography of Charles Correa

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CHARLES CORREA, Honorary Member

Architect Charles Correa


Mumbia, India - Born in Hyderabad, India on September 1, 1930, Charles Correa is an Architect, Planner, Activist and Theoretician. He has been awarded the highest honours of the Architecture profession, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan, and the Gold Medals of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

St. Xavier's College, Bombay
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects
Pamda Shri Award, Government of India
Padma Vibhushan Award, Government of India
Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Architects
Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects
Gold Medal, International Union of Architects
Honorary Member, Trinidad and Tobago Insitute of Architects

Charles Correa is a fundamental figure in the world-wide panorama of contemporary architecture. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958, after a stint with B.V. Doshi at Ahmedabad. His work in India shows a careful development, understanding and adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment. His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.

All of Correa's work; from the planning of Navi Mumbai to the carefully detailed memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, has placed special emphasis on prevailing resources, energy and climate as major determinants in the ordering of space.

Over the last four decades, Correa has done pioneering work in urban issues and low cost shelter in the Third World. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for New Bombay an urban growth center of 2 million people, across the harbor from the existing city. In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.