Charles Correa Gold Medal

The Charles Correa Gold Medal is an award initiated in 1998 by the Indian architect and urbanist Charles Correa. The medal recognises quality and talent among young students of architecture for their undergraduate thesis project in a first professional degree course. 

The Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) administers the Gold Medal annually. Initially the award was open only to Mumbai and Goa architecture colleges, but from 2022 forward, CCF invites all colleges across India. A jury of eminent architects involved in practice and academics review the submissions, and identify an outstanding student who will be awarded the Medal.

The first stage of the award starts within the participating colleges of architecture. The college will annually identify a thesis project from its graduating class and nominate this work for the Gold Medal. The second stage has the jury review the entries to select an eventual winner.

The format of the Gold Medal intends to not only challenge students and schools of architecture to focus on pressing issues, but also to reinforce what Correa often stated – “at its most vital, architecture is an agent of change.” The jury will look for entries that consider the site and context of the proposed project, and will acknowledge entries that are clearly formulated to address real-life issues.



Click on the image to visit our Storehouse, a digital repository of undergraduate architectural thesis projects that were received as a part of the Charles Correa Gold Medal.

past winners


Q. Which students are eligible to participate in the competition?

Students must be enrolled and graduating at the end of the academic year 2022-23 to be eligible to participate in the competition.

Q. Could M.Arch students also participate?

The competition is only open to students enrolled in a bachelors of architecture 5-year professional degree program.

Q. How many students can participate from one college?

Every participating college has to shortlist and finalise one student whose registration will be submitted to the Charles Correa Foundation.

Q. I am a student and want to register myself for the competition. What should I do?

The Gold Medal is a competition amongst architecture colleges, and therefore no individual can apply. 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. 

Please feel free to post your queries in the comments section below. 

19 thoughts on “Charles Correa Gold Medal

  1. Is there a list of colleges to confirm the participation of my college? My dean has good reason to believe that we should have received an invite, please advice.

  2. Batch of 2020 had to give their Thesis Jury in October 2020 due to the pandemic, can we get an opportunity to participate in this as well?

  3. As my college is not been listed yet, Is there any way that i can enroll my college for the esteem Charles Correa Gold medal ?

  4. Dear Ayush,

    We’re sorry, for the first edition of the Charles Correa Gold Medal we have extended invitations to only a few schools with whom we have been working with in the past. We will try to accommodate more institutes in the next edition.

  5. Dear Amol, we regrettably inform you that the Charles Correa Foundation has taken over the Charles Correa Gold Medal effective from 2021, therefore we are restricted in awarding only students who graduate in 2021 this year.

  6. I might be elligible for participation from my college Jadavpur University. How do I apply afterwards? Is there an official list of participants?

  7. Where can we find the previous years’ winning entries?

  8. Dear Safiya, the Charles Correa Foundation has taken over the gold medal effective from 2021. You can search the Urban Design Research Institute website for documentation of previous editions of the Medal.

  9. Shall the principal submit the details of the applicant or any of the faculty from the college can submit the submissions as well as other details

  10. Dear Deep,

    The registration form requires the signature of the Head of the Institution, and the seal of the college. However, a faculty member may take the responsibility of communication on behalf of the Head.

  11. Respected Sir, I had submitted and mailed my work but I got a reply back saying there should be a project icon. How do I add a project icon my submission? Should I send a separate image of the icon or add the icon in the write-up itself ?

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