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 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. The second stage has the Jury review the entries to select an 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.

2021: Award Ceremony

Date 3 September 2021 Time 6:00 – 7:45pm IST

Click the link above to read about the Award Ceremony

16 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.

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