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An Insider Into 6 Amazing Indian Architects

An Insider Into 6 Amazing Indian Architects

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Going through the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore etc. you will find many beautiful buildings. These are monuments, religious buildings, commercial complexes, universities, hotels and resorts – the list is never ending. But, do you know about the architects who were involved in the construction journey of some of the most popular buildings in India? 

  • Who are these people?
  • Where do they come from?
  • What was their educational background?
  • How innovative was their bent of mind?

Let’s explore the Amazing Indian Architects withSuperise.com

Though the list is quite extensive, we have captured some of the famous Indian Architects – a la creme in their field. 

1. Hafeez Contractor

Architect Hafeez Contractor

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Born in 1950, Mumbai, Hafeez Contractor is counted among one of the India’s greatest architects who changed the Urban Built Landscape of the country through provocative unpredictable revolutionary ideas.

In 1975, he completed his Graduation diploma in Architecture from Mumbai. Post that, he went to Columbia University, New York for Master’s. He started his career in 1968 with T.Khareghat as an apprentice and in 1977, he became the associate partner in the same firm. Today, he has his own firm with 530 employees, including a civil engineering team, interior designers, town planners, architects and other miscellaneous staff.

His firm has conceptualized, designed and executed numerous architectural projects such as residential developments, hotels, corporate offices, hospitals, financial institutions, civic redevelopment and more.

Awards:

  • In January 2016, Hafeez Contractor was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
  • He also holds the title of Realty’s Gen Next Recognition by DNA

Popular Architectural Delights:

  • Global Education Centre- Infosys, Mysore
  • Infosys ECC, Pune
  • The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mumbai
  • Infosys S.D.B Park-6, Bangalore
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Gurgaon

Popular Residential Developments:

  • The Pinnacle by DLF, Gurgaon
  • The Aralias by DLF, Gurgaon
  • DLF Hamilton, Gurgaon
  • ATS Greens Village, Noida

2. Christopher Charles Benninger

Christopher Charles Benninger

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Born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1942, Christopher Charles Benninger is an Indo-American architect. He has always kept a fine balance between design and sustainability and has designed up some of the most intriguing architectures in India. He studied Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

In 1999, he founded his own firm ‘Christopher Charles Benninger Architects’. He has built educational campuses, capital cities, corporate headquarters, hotel resorts and hospitals. Apart from being a flamboyant architect, he is a distinguished Professor and founder of Center for Development Studies and Activities at Pune.

Awards:

  • He received the title of ‘Architect for the Decade’ for his contribution to the profession of architecture
  • He was honored with the Great Master’s Award in 2007, Professor Benninger became the seventh Indian Architects to receive this title
  • He was awarded for the Best Public Building of the Year for his innovative designs of the Centre for Life Sciences, Health and Medicine, the YMCA International Camp, Nilshi, India and for the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies by the Indian Institute of Architects
  • He is recognized as one of the top ten architects in India by Construction World Magazine

Popular Architectural Delights:

  • Mahindra United World College of India, Pune
  • Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters, Pune
  • Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavla
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Pune
  • Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Pune

Popular Residential Developments:

  • Lodha Belmondo, Pune
  • Chintel Serenity, Gurgaon
  • Amanora Gateway Towers, Pune
  • The Grand Arch, Gurgaon

3. Sheila Sri Prakash 

Sheila Sri Prakash

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Who says females are neglected in India? Sheila Sri Prakash has proved everyone wrong… Born in 1955, Bhopal, Sheila Sri Prakash is an architect and urban designer of Indian origin. She was the first Indian women who started and operated her own architectural firm, ‘Shilpa Architects’ in Chennai in 1979.

In a career spanning 35 years, she has designed more than 1200 architectural projects and her designs often include eco- friendly spaces, and spaces that provide protection from heat and rain, let in sunlight and allow proper flow of air. Sheila Sri Prakash was counted among top 50 most influential names in Architecture and Design in 2015 by Architectural Digest. Also known as one of the most versatile designers, she is associated with a number of national and international advisory committees as a consultant.

Awards:

  • She received the honorable Architect Award from the Indian Institute of Architects (October 2015)
  • Popular Architectural Delights:
  • HITEX exhibition center in Hyderabad
  • New South City Township by Larsen and Toubro
  • Mahindra World City, Chennai (India’s first operational Special Economic Zone)

Upcoming Residential Developments:

  • Mahindra World City
  • South City Township by Larsen and Toubro

4. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi

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Born in 1927, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi is considered as an important figure of South Asian architecture and famed for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. Pioneering in the low-cost housing, B.V. Doshi has led the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture.

Before starting his career in India, Doshi worked with modern and contemporary giants, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. Doshi retains that modernist edge in his designs but with a distinct Indian spirit.

Awards:

  • He received Padma Shri by Government of India. 
  • He holds a Honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • He holds France’s highest honour for arts the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’- that he got in 2011. 

Popular Architectural Delights:

  • Centre for Environment and Planning Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad
  • India Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
  • Aranya Low-Cost Housing, Indore

5. Brinda Somaya 

Brinda Somaya Architects

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With more than three decades of experience, Brinda Somaya is one of the popular architects and urban conservationist. She has done her graduation from Mumbai University and Master’s from Smith College in Northampton.

Brinda Somaya has merged architecture, conservation and social equity in projects ranging from Educational campuses and rehabilitation of an earthquake-torn village to the restoration of an 18th-century Cathedral, showing that progress and history need not be at odds.

Awards:

  • In 2004, she won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award for the restoration of the St.Thomas’ Cathedral in Mumbai
  • She is also the leading European Architects Forum Award Winner
  • Brinda became the fist women Indian architect to receive the title of Wienerberger
  • She received the Golden Architect Award for lifetime achievement – a peer award in 2007

Popular Architectural Delights:

  • Birla Institute Of Technology and Sciences, Pilani
  • Goa Institute of Management, Goa
  • Zensar Technology Limited, Pune
  • TCS House, Mumbai
  • Thomas’ Cathedral, Mumbai

6. Charles Correa

Charles Correa Indian Architect

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Last but not the least Charles Correa is worth a mention. Also known as “master of
Indian modernism”, he was India’s greatest architect who passed away on June 16, 2015. As India’s greatest architect, he has built low-cost homes, office building, museums, churches and many other institutions. At the frontier of contemporary Indian architecture, Charles Correa is very adept at sensitively meeting needs and preserving history.

Awards:

  • He was the winner of Royal Gold Medal in 1984
  • He has also received the Aga Khan Award 

Popular Architectural Delights:

  • Mahatma Gandhi Sangrahalaya” (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial) at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad (1958–1963)
  • Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Bhopal
  • Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jawahar Arts Centre), Jaipur
  • The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, Boston
  • The LIC building at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Popular Residential Developments:

  • Kanchanjunga – the Mumbai’s first high-rise residential building
  • House at Koramangala, Bangalore
  • Hudco Courtyard Housing, Jodhpur


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