Greatest Architects of India


Date: 11-February,2021Last Updated: 29-June,2021
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"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness" - Frank Gehry.

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The roots of a Civilization are not limited to a language or culture alone. It is perhaps embedded mostly within the soul of its buildings and architecture. Most of them stand the test of times and show us how exactly the age's spirit.

This is true, whether it's the hanging gardens of Babylon or the Pyramids to the Eiffel Tower and Burj Khalifa.

So now let us meet some of the doyens of Indian Architecture, who has garnered world renown. These masters crafted wonders in stone and cement and showcased India's proud edifices to the world.

Here are the 17 best and famous Architects in India.

  1. BV Doshi

  2. Laurie Baker

  3. Sheila Sri Prakash

  4. Brinda Somaya

  5. Charles Correa

  6. Chitra Vishwanath

  7. Shimul Javeri Kadri

  8. Hasmukh Patel

  9. Piloo Mody

  10. Raj Rewal

  11. Achyut Kavinde

  12. Bijoy Jain

  13. Anant Raje

  14. Bimal Patel

  15. Rajiv Saini

  16. Rahul Mehrotra

  17. Hafeez Contractor

Let's start with the most reputed BV Doshi,

1) BV Doshi

B V Doshi is one of India's greatest architects. The first Indian to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and is also a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan.

He had worked closely with architectural legends such as Le Corbusier, Anant Raje and Louis Kahn. He also received the famous OAL or Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for his exemplary works. His studio was called "Vastu-Shilpa" in Delhi and was a Brutalist and Modernist architecture pioneer in India.

Major Works

  • IIM Udaipur

  • NIFT Delhi

  • CEPT University

  • Aranya Low-Cost Housing Development

2) Laurie Baker

The Gandhi of Architecture, Laurie Baker, is known to be one of the most famous architects in India. The legendary architect was known for his unique style of combining low-cost materials and regional practices to craft organic buildings that blended seamlessly into the background.

He mostly worked for low to middle class households, creating marvels out of the traditional raw materials. He has been awarded Padma Shri, MBE, UN Roll of Honor etc.

Major Works

  • Indian Coffee House, Thiruvananthapuram

  • World Leprosy Mission

  • CDS - Thiruvananthapuram

  • Literacy Village

3) Sheila Sri Prakash

Sheila Sri Prakash is a multitalented veteran among Indian architects. She was the first Indian woman to start her own architectural practice in the country.

With over 1200 projects to her name, she is considered one of the most influential female architects in the globe.

Major Works

  • Madras Art House

  • Mahindra World City

  • Paranur Railway Station

4) Brinda Somaya

Brinda Somaya is known for astounding vernacular architecture. The only woman to ever win a Wienerberger Golden Architect Lifetime Award, Brinda Somaya started the foundation of her firm at her own backyard. She is also popular as an urban conservationist.

Major Works

  • St Thomas Cathedral

  • Bhadli Village of Bhuj

  • Nalanda International School

  • TCS House

5) Charles Correa

Charles Correa is perhaps one of the most famous architects in Modern India. He is known for introducing modern and post-modern architectural marvels to the post-independent India. His oeuvre consists of a wide variety from low-cost housing to high rise buildings. He received both Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.

Major Works

  • British Council, Delhi

  • Mahatma Gandhi Sangrahalaya

  • Kala Academy

  • Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly

6) Chitra Vishwanath

Chitra Vishwanath is a Bangalore based Architect, who has blended ecology and architecture to craft, amazing buildings all around India and the world. She leads the reputed BIOME Environment Solutions Private Limited and focuses on earthen architecture, and improved upon Laurie Baker's legacy.

Major Works

  • Spastics Society of Karnataka

  • Yellow Train

  • Hornbill House

  • Ekalavya

  • Govardhan Eco Village

7) Shimul Javeri Kadri

Shimul Javeri Kadri is yet another artist, who's considered to be one of the best architects in India. Recipient of many awards including the reputed, Prix Versailles, she embraces the school of architecture and design that reflects the harmony of nature. She has conceptualized varied spaces and buildings including hotels, museums, institutions and bungalows.

Major Works

  • Nirvana Films

  • Dasavatara Hotel

  • Synergy Lifestyles factory

8) Hasmukh Patel

Hasmukh Patel is one of India's best-known architects, who was an inevitable part of post-independence architecture along with Charles Correa, Anant Raje, Achyut Kanvinde. His works became the symbols of India's growth as a young and ambitious nation, and he was also one of the major forces behind the growth of CEPT.

Major Works

  • Reserve Bank of India, Hyderabad

  • Patang Hotel

  • Usha Theatre Rajkot

9) Piloo Mody

Piloo Mody is yet another famous architect in India. However, he was known more for his political career. He was one of the founding members of Swathantra Party and was a constant in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha till his death in 1983.

Major Works

  • Bharat Bijlee HQ

  • Mukand Iron and Steel Office

  • Olympus

  • Engineering Construction Corporation, Chennai

10) Raj Rewal

Raj Rewal is one of the top architects in India, who has designed various public, housing, and institutional buildings.

He was known for his one of a kind style that portrayed buildings much more than a few bricks, and he elevated them into urban narratives, which brought out deeper meanings of culture, geometry and rhythm.

Major Works

  • Parliament Library

  • Asian Games Village

  • Coal India Complex

  • NTPC Tower

  • Hall of Nations

11) Achyut Kavinde

Achyut Kavinde is an uncomparable aesthete of Indian Architecture. He was known for his functionalist elements and approaches. His love for blending spaces and forms is what made him stand out of the crowd. He was also a great believer of Vastu Shastra. He was awarded the Padma Shri.

Major Works

  • ISKCON Temple, New Delhi

  • IIT Kanpur

  • PK Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur

12) Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain is another famous Architect in India, who has garnered international attention, through his exceptional projects. He is also a visiting architecture professor at Yale University. His firm is called Studio Mumbai is famed for it's aesthetic and out of the box concepts and designs.

Major Works

  • Utsav House

  • Bamboo MP Pavillion

  • Tara House, Mumbai

13) Anant Raje

Anant Raje is yet another titan of Indian Architecture and design. A student of Louis Khan, his works reflected the vernacular styles and also was a proponent of modern fusion with Traditional elements.

Major Works

  • Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

  • Museum of Minerals

  • MICA, Ahmedabad

  • Indian Statistical Institute

14) Bimal Patel

One of the most sought after contemporary architects of our time, Bimal Patel was born in Gujarat and is the President of CEPT. His exemplary works in Indian urban planning and design is rooted in vernacular aesthetics. He is also a recipient of Padma Shri.

Major Works

  • Gujarat High Court

  • Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project

  • Redevelopment of Mumbai Eastern Waterfront

15) Rajiv Saini

Rajiv Saini, the self-taught architect, is known for his classy and modern designs rooted in traditional and desi culture.

Major Works

  • Devigarh Palace

  • Kasauli House in the Himalayas

  • Carma Fashion Store

16) Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is considered one of the best Indian architects of our time. He is both an educator and one of the founders of Kala Ghoda Rejuvenation Movement. He is also a member of IIHS or Indian Institute for Human Settlement.

Major Works

  • KMC Corporate Office

  • Hathigaon

  • Taj Mahal Visitor Centre

17) Hafeez Contractor

Hafeez Contractor is known for designing skyscrapers and the three tallest towers in India - 42 in Kolkata, Twin Towers of Imperial in Mumbai. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award and always brings glitz and glamour into the field.

Major Works

  • 42, Kolkata

  • 23 Marina

  • The Imperial

  • DY Patil Stadium

So that was our list of the best and famous architects in India. We know we missed out on several other titans, so folks do tell us about them on the comments below.

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