Renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born 1930) donated his archive of over 6,000 drawings to the RIBA in March 2013. Forming the largest single gift to the RIBA by an architect working outside Britain, Correa’s substantial archive joins those of Denys Lasdun, Leslie Martin and Ernö Goldfinger in the collections of the RIBA.
The archive consists of original drawings and models generated during Correa’s involvement in over sixty projects in India and across the world. The comprehensive nature of this body of material will offer researchers insights into his work.
Once the archive has been catalogued, it will be made freely available through the British Architectural Library at the RIBA to any member of the public, including those interested in the work of this remarkable architect, the particular conditions of working in post-independence India and the progress made into mobilising the forces of Modernism and local traditions into creating humane places for living.
14 May - 4 September 2013
The donation of the archive of India's greatest architect is being marked by the RIBA in a new exhibition of Correa's work and in a season of events, talks, films and more celebrating the architectural stories of India.