India's most distinguished architect, Charles Correa, passed away in Mumbai, after brief illness on Tuesday, June 16, at the age of 84. One of the tallest figures in architecture and urban planning, Correa is the recipient of several national and international awards including India's second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan in 2006.
Born in Secunderabad on September 1, 1930, Correa studied at St Xavier's College in Mumbai before going to the University of Michigan and the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Correa taught at several universities in India and abroad and received awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan and the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which billed him as 'India's greatest architect'. He founded the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai in 1984. The Institute is dedicated to protecting the environment and improving urban communities. He has played a significant role in the development of low cost housing in urban areas across the nation.
Have a look at some of his most iconic constructions which have immortalised his name in India and abroad:
His magnificent body of work leaves behind a legacy for all the architects across the world.