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Indian Modernism, Post-independence Architecture In India

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1934, Hoshiarpur, Punjab., India

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"Hall of Nations was a symbol of what very ordinary people can do as 500 families worked on the site."
Raj Rewal

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born 1934, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
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Raj Rewal is a celebrated Indian architect and urban design consultant who studied architecture in New Delhi and London. His humanist approach to architecture responds to the complexities of rapid urbanisation, the demands of climate, cultural traditions, and building crafts and technologies.

Career

Rewal lived in Delhi and Shimla from 1934–1951. Between 1951-1954 he attended the Delhi School of Architecture in New Delhi. After completing a degree in architecture in New Delhi, he moved to London in 1955 where he lived until 1961. He attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture for one year and the Brixton School of Building, London from 1956-60. GD Goenka University also honored architect Raj Rewal with an honorary doctorate at a special convocation organized by Habitat Centre.

Raj Rewal worked at Michel Ecochard's office in Paris before starting his practice in New Delhi in 1962. Between 1963-72, he taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He opened a second office at Tehran, Iran in 1974. Among his better known projects are the Hall of Nations (Hall 6) at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre, demolished in April 2017, Asiad Village Complex, National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi; the Parliament Library in New Delhi and NCBS (National Centre for Biological Sciences) campus at Bangalore as well as the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, Portugal.

In 1986, he became the curator of the exhibition "Traditional Architecture in India" for the Government of India organized festival of India in Paris. He also designed an architectural college (SIUPA) in Rohtak and is head of members in academic council.

Awards

Rewal’s commitment to housing is also central to his built works. In 1989, Rewal was awarded the Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Architects, and the Robert Mathew Award of the Commonwealth Association of Architects; in 1993, he was presented the Mexican Association of Architects Award, and is also the recipient of the Great Masters Award of the JK Trust.

Rewal’s works have been widely exhibited and published, with monographs in English and French; his most recent publication is entitled Humane Habitat at Low Cost. Rewal was a professor at the New Delhi School of Architecture and Planning, and has taught and delivered lectures at universities in Asia, America, and Europe.

Exhibition

Some of his works are a part of the permanent collection at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, MoMA New York, M+ Museum Hong Kong and the National Gallery of Modern art New Delhi.

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