The Life of Charles Correa: Renowned Indian Architect
The Indian architect Charles Correa is greatly celebrated in the world of architecture. Born in Hyderabad in September 1930, he went on to attend MIT. After returning to India from his studies, Correa lived in Bombay (Mumbai) where he combined traditional architectural practices with innovative Modernist ideals.
His early works include the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya in Ahmedabad and the Handloom Pavilion in Delhi.
For his residential commissions, Correa built tube houses, a narrow house designed to conserve energy. These works stood out in Ahmedabad’s hot and often dry climate where energy is incredibly valuable.
He often employed large parasol roofs, in response to the climate, in the 1960s when this technology was first developed in India.
He was one of the urban planners of Navi Mumbai, and during the 1970s and 1980s, he conducted urban planning for new settlements all across India. His later works include the Surya Kund in Delhi and the Inter-University Centre for Astrology and Astrophysics in Maharashtra.
Correa taught architecture classes at prestigious institutions such as Harvard and MIT and is one of the greatest Indian architects of the 20th century. He died at age 84 in 2015, after a brief illness.