The Charles Correa Gold Medal is an award initiated in 1998 by the Indian architect and urbanist Charles Correa. The medal is to recognise quality and talent among young students of architecture who address issues of the urban context where their projects are located.
Over the last few years the award was administered by the Urban Design Research Institute, a Trust set up by Correa in Mumbai in 1984. Going forward, however, the Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) will administer the Gold Medal annually. Initially the award was open only to Mumbai and Goa architecture colleges, but this year CCF will invite colleges from across India. A jury of eminent architects involved in practice and academics will review the submissions and identify an outstanding student who will be awarded the Charles Correa Gold Medal.
The first stage of the award starts within the participating schools of architecture. The school will identify one student from among its graduating class and nominate their work for the Gold Medal. Entries will then be reviewed by the Jury in a two-stage process; Stage 1 will identify a shortlist of around ten excellent design projects, and Stage 2 will decide the eventual winner of the Gold Medal.
Through the format of the Gold Medal, CCF intends to not only challenge students and schools of architecture to focus on pressing issues, but also to emphasise the role that architects can play in society as “agents of change”. The Jury will look for entries that consider the site and context of the proposed project, and will appreciate entries that are clearly formulated and address real-life issues.
One student will be awarded the prestigious Charles Correa Gold Medal. Additionally, two students may be awarded with an honorable mention. We have invited 60 selected schools of architecture to participate in 2021, and over time we hope to have more schools participate in the award.