"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 majestic and proud edifices to the world.
Sheila Sri Prakash
Shimul Javeri Kadri
Let's start with the most reputed 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.
Aranya Low-Cost Housing Development
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.
Indian Coffee House, Thiruvananthapuram
World Leprosy Mission
CDS - Thiruvananthapuram
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.
Madras Art House
Mahindra World City
Paranur Railway Station
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.
St Thomas Cathedral
Bhadli Village of Bhuj
Nalanda International School
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.
British Council, Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi Sangrahalaya
Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
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.
Spastics Society of Karnataka
Govardhan Eco Village
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.
Synergy Lifestyles factory
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.
Reserve Bank of India, Hyderabad
Usha Theatre Rajkot
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.
Bharat Bijlee HQ
Mukand Iron and Steel Office
Engineering Construction Corporation, Chennai
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.
Asian Games Village
Coal India Complex
Hall of Nations
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.
ISKCON Temple, New Delhi
PK Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur
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.
Bamboo MP Pavillion
Tara House, Mumbai
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.
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
Museum of Minerals
Indian Statistical Institute
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.
Gujarat High Court
Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project
Redevelopment of Mumbai Eastern Waterfront
Rajiv Saini, the self-taught architect, is known for his classy and modern designs rooted in traditional and desi culture.
Kasauli House in the Himalayas
Carma Fashion Store
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.
KMC Corporate Office
Taj Mahal Visitor Centre
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.
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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