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Charles Correa, Charles Correa Architects, India

Padma Vibhushan Charles Correa graduated from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the year 1955. He established Charles Correa Architects in 1958. Charles Correa was instrumental in re-interpreting modernism for the Indian context through his work and writings. 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. In 1985, he co-curated ‘Vistara’ – a landmark exhibition on the ‘Architecture of India’ that brought international attention to the previously less known history and relevance of Indian Architecture. He has written and designed extensively to address the issue of urban poor in Indian Metros. His landmark projects like the Gandhi Smarak Sanghralaya in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur and the Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal have invited international acclaim and have been instrumental to bring Indian concepts of space in discussion on contemporary architecture. In 2010, he completed the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal – one of his most enigmatic works.

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