Charles Correa to head DUAC:
New Delhi, Jan 16 : World famous architecht Charles Correa will soon be
heading the five-member Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), a body which
is responsible for planning and developing of the national capital.
The name of 74-year-old Correa was cleared by Union Urban Development
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and has been sent to the Cabinet Committee on
Appointments' for confirmation, official sources said here today.
The other members of the DUAC, whose names were sent to the Cabinet were
noted architect Jasbir Sawhney, landscape architect Mohammed Sahir and
Urban Historian Narayani Gupta, the sources said.
A contemporary architecture world wide, Correa studied architecture a
the University of Michigan and at MIT. His work covers a wide range,
from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabamati Ashram, to the Jawahar
Kala Kendra in Jaipur, and the State Assembly for Madhya Pradesh - as
well as townships and public housing proect in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
Bangalore an other cities in India.
In 1985, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Ganhi appointed him Chairman of
the national Commission on Urbanization.
One of the few contemporary architects whose projects address not only
issues of architecture but of low-income housing and urban planning as well.
In 1980 Correa was awarded an Honorary doctorate by the University of
Michigan, and in 1984 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute
of British Architects. He also received Praemium Imperiale from Japan in
1994 and The Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998