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Charles CorreaCharles Correa is a major figure in contemporary architecture around the world. With his extraordinary and inspiring designs, he has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture for post-Independence India —from the serene Mahatma Gandhi Museum at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to the unique Kanchanjunga apartment tower in Mumbai, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, and most recently, MIT’s elegant Brain and Cognitive Sciences Centre in Boston. A pioneer in addressing issues of habitat and urbanization in the developing world, he has designed townships in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and other Indian cities. In 1970 he was appointed Chief Architect for Navi Mumbai and in 1985 Chairman of the first National Commission on Urbanization. From 2005 to 2008 he was Chairman of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission. He has taught at several universities in India and abroad, including Cambridge (UK), Berkeley and Harvard. He is currently the Bemis Professor at MIT. Correa has a wide spectrum of interests,including film-making, toy trains and music. He has received the highest honours of his profession, including the RIBA Gold Medal (1984), the UIA Gold Medal (1990), the Praemium Imperiale of Japan (1994) and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1998). He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.