Aditya Prakash

Indian Architect

Aditya Prakash was born in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India on March 10th, 1924 and is the Indian Architect. At the age of 84, Aditya Prakash biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
March 10, 1924
Place of Birth
Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Death Date
Aug 12, 2008 (age 84)
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Aditya Prakash Career

Prakash worked in the Chandigarh Capital Project Office from 1952 to 1963. During this time he designed several public buildings in Chandigarh, including the District Courts Building in Sector 17, the Jang Garh (Marriage Hall) in Sector 23, the Indo Swiss Training Centre in Sector 30, the Government of India Textbook Press in Industrial Area Phase – 1, The Central Craft Institute in Sector 11, The Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, the Chandigarh College of Architecture in Sector 12, the Architecture "Corbu" Hostel in Sector 12 and the Behl House in Sector 18.

He was also responsible for creating the Frame Control of Chandigarh.

One of Aditya Prakash's key designs was that of the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) which was based on the design of Le Corbusier's Chandigarh College of Art. The budget allocated to CCA was smaller than that for the College of Art. To meet the reduced budget, Prakash decided to scale down the whole building. To do this he had to study Le Corbusier's Modulor, and he created a new 'Indian Modulor' adjusting the original dimensions to fit the Indian brick size. Prakash was closely associated with the design of theatres in Chandigarh. He designed the basic forms of Chandigarh's KC Theatre, Neelam Theatre and Jagat Cinema. His most significant project in Chandigarh was the Tagore Theatre which he designed in 1961 for the centenary of an Indian poet and philosopher Dr. Rabindranath Tagore. This building was designed on strict functionalist lines focused on the interior spaces and their acoustic and visual order. The Tagore Theatre became involved in controversy when it was completely gutted and made into an auditorium by another local architect.

From 1963 Aditya Prakash moved to Ludhiana to design the new Punjab Agricultural University. Agricultural universities "that formed the academic core of this transnational transfer of knowledge". During this time he became very interested in architectural photography and acquired a Rolliflex TLR and an Argus C3 to photograph his buildings under construction. Here the square frame of the Rolliflex frames the views and the rectangle of the Argus directs the eye out towards the landscape.

In 1968, Aditya Prakash returned to Chandigarh as the Principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture. Early in the 1970s Prakash became an ardent champion of sustainable architecture and urbanism, as what he called 'self-sustaining settlements'. He published several articles and wrote a critique of Chandigarh planning under this title. He also studied the villages surrounding Chandigarh and the informal sector of the city, particularly the 'rehris' or mobile carts.

After retiring from CCA in 1982, Aditya Prakash opened his own private design practise under the name of Arcon Architects, which designed several projects in North India, including a housing complex for the Reserve Bank of India in Chandigarh, Milkfed Milkplants, Rohtak and several administrative buildings for the Agricultural University in Rohtak.

Aditya Prakash's archive was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2020.

One Continuous Line: Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash written by Vikramaditya Prakash was published by Mapin Publishing in 2021. This book was awarded a grant by the Graham Foundation.

Aditya Prakash exhibited his art in several galleries all over India, including the Taj Art Gallery in Mumbai. Four of his architectural drawings are included as a part of the 2022The Project of Independence exhibition at MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.