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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Which students are eligible to participate in the competition?
Students must be enrolled and graduating at the end of the academic year 2021-22 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.
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