Charles Correa – Resume

Architect, planner, activist and theoretician, Charles Correa is one of the few contemporary architects who addresses not only issues of architecture, but of low-income housing and urban planning as well. His work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur and the State Assembly for Madhya Pradesh, to housing projects and townships in Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. He was Chief Architect for ‘Navi Mumbai’ the new city of 2 million people across the harbour from Bombay, and was appointed by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as the first Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation.

Correa has taught at several universities, both in India and abroad, and currently spends part of his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is Farwell Bemis Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning. He has been awarded the highest honours of his profession, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan, and the Gold Medals of the UIA and the RIBA


1939 – 1946St. Xavier’s High School, Bombay
1946 – 1948St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay
1949 – 1953University of Michigan (B.Arch)
1953 – 1955Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch)


1964 – 2015Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects
1974 – 2015Council of Architecture, India


1979American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC
1985Academie d’ Architecture Francais, Paris
1987International Academy of Architecture, Sofia, Bulgaria
1990United Architects of the Philippines, Manila
1992Finnish Institute of Architects, Helsinki, Finland
1993Royal Institute of British Architects, London
1993American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Mass
1997Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Dublin
1998American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1999Trinidad Institute of Architects, Jamaica
2002Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Winnipeg, Canada


1958 – to dateIn private practice in Bombay
1964 – 1965Prepared alternate Master Plan (with Pravina Mehta & Shirish Patel) proposing city of New Bombay
1969 – 1971Invited by the Government of Peru and the UN to design PREVI
low–cost housing project in Lima
1971 – 1974Chief Architect to CIDCO (Government of Maharashtra) for development of New Bombay
1975 – 1989Board of Directors, CIDCO (New Bombay)
1975 – 1978Consulting Architect, Government of Karnataka
1975 – 1983Chairman, Housing Urban Renewal & Ecology Board, Bombay
Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (BMRDA)
1975 – 1994Executive Committee, BMRDA
1985 – 1988Chairman, National Commission on Urbanisation, Government of India
1985 – 1986Chairman, Committee for Textile Mills in Bombay, Government of Maharashtra
1996 – 1998President, World Society of EKISTICS, Athens, Greece
1999 – to dateConsulting Architect, Government of Goa


1975 – 1978Member, Bangalore Urban Arts Commission
1975 – 1984Western Board, Reserve Bank of India
1975 – 1989Board of Directors, CIDCO (New Bombay)
1976Consultant to Director–General of UN HABITAT Conference,
1976Consultant to UN Secretary–General for planning of, new capital of
1977– 1986Member, Steering Committee, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
1980 – 1984Member, Urban Conservation Committee, Hyderabad Urban
Development Authority
1981 – 1988Member, Board of Advisors, MIMAR
1982 – 1985Member, Economic & Planning Advisory Council to the Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka
1983Founder Member, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
1984Founder Member, Trust for Urban Design Research Institute, Bombay
1984 – 1986Chairman, Committee for “VISTARA: The Architecture of India”
1996Member, Secretary–General’s Advisory Group for HABITAT II
Conference, Istanbul
1999 – to dateSteering Committee, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
2005 – to dateChairman, Delhi Urban Arts Commission


1976Pahalavi National Library Competition, Iran.
1988 – 1991Master Jury, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
1989Kuwait Pearls Competition, Kuwait Real Estate Company.
1991Chairman of Jury, Samarkand Competition, Uzbekistan
1992 – 1998Pritzker Prize for Architecture
1993National Landmark for State of Kuwait
1993Juma Al–Majid Centre for Culture & Heritage, Dubai
1994AIA / Otis Housing Competition, Washington DC
1998Jury Member, National Housing Competition, China
1997Chairman of Jury, New Constitutional Court, Government of
South Africa.
1998- to datePrins Claus Awards, Netherlands.
1999New Campus of American University at Cairo
2000Venice Biennale Jury, Venice – June
2002- to date‘Praemium Imperiale Asian Nomination Committee’, Tokyo


1962Albert Bemis Professor, MIT, Cambridge, Mass – Fall
1974Sir Banister Fletcher Professor, University of London – May
1974Harvard, Cambridge – Fall
1976J.J. School of Architecture, University of Bombay
1979Arthur Q. Davis Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans – Fall
1981MIT, Cambridge, Mass – Spring
1982University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – Spring
1984Columbia University, New York – Spring
1985-1986Jawaharlal Nehru Professor, Cambridge University, U.K.
1987Harvard, Cambridge, Mass – Spring
1987National University of Singapore – July
1989MIT, Cambridge, Mass – Spring
1989MIT, Cambridge. Mass – Fall
1992Visiting Aga Khan Professor, MIT, Cambridge – Fall
1993Tong–ji University, Shanghai – April
1995Washington University, St. Louis, Miss – Spring
1998MIT, Cambridge, Mass – Fall
2000Friedman Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA – Spring
2000- to dateA. Farwell Bemis Professor, MIT, Cambridge

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