Modern Indian Architecture

By Prof. P.S. Chani   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1773
This course will take you through an interesting journey on the evolution of modern architecture in India from pre-independence to the present time. This evolution will be seen through various modern trends and building typologies, covering many buildings over a span of nearly a century, not only of masters like Charles Correa and B.V. Doshi, but also many other architects who have made a significant contribution in the development of a modern Indian architecture. It will conclude with the study of 21st century Indian architecture, highlighting several emerging concepts.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG and PG students of architecture

PREREQUISITES: No prerequisite is required for a B.Arch. or an M.Arch. student, but it is appropriate after B.Arch. II year. Ideally, study of modern world architecture should be done before this course.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Practicing architects, architectural firms and academic institutions
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction, Pre-Independence, Pre-Independence to Independence- Part 1

Week 2: Pre-Independence to Independence- Part 2, Revivalism, The First Generation 1945 - 1970- Part 1 to 3

Week 3: The First Generation 1945 - 1970- Part 4 to 7, Impact of Western Architects: Le Corbusier- Part 1

Week 4: Impact of Western Architects: Le Corbusier- Part 2 to 4, Impact of Western Architects: Louis I. Kahn- Part 1 to 2

Week 5: Impact of Western Architects: Louis I. Kahn- Part 3 to 4, Impact of Western Architects: Walter Gropius, Introduction to Critical Regionalism, Critical Regionalism: Climate Responsive Perspective- Part 1

Week 6: Critical Regionalism: Climate Responsive Perspective- Part 2 to 4, Critical Regionalism: Other Contexts

Week 7: Structure in Modern Indian Architecture, Points-Blocks and High-Rises, Housing in India- Part 1

Week 8: Housing in India- Part 2, Women in Modern Indian Architecture, Search for a new Architecture

Books and references

Beri, s. (2022). Spaces inspired by nature. Super book house.
Bhatt, v., & scriver, p. (1990). After the masters. Mapin pub.
Cantacuzino, s. (1984). Charles correa/essay by sherban cantacuzino. Concept media pte. Ltd.
Droste, m. (2019). Bauhaus. Updated edition (updated ed.). Taschen.
Gossel, p., & leuthauser, g. (2005). Architecture in the twentieth century (2nd us (slipcase, 2 vols) ed.). Taschen.
Hitchcock, h.-r., & johnson, p. (1997). The international style. Ww norton & co. 
I. (2022). Contemporary houses by indian architects. Ia group.
Lang, j. (2002). A concise history of modern architecture in india. Permanent black.
Mehrotra, r. (2011). Architecture in india: since 1990. Hatje cantz.
Mehta, v., mehrdiratta, r. R., & huber, a. (2016). The structure: works of mahendra raj. Park books.
R, w. C. J. (2015). Balkrishna doshi: an architecture for india. Mapin publishing pvt.
Radford, a., srivastava, a., & morkoc, s. (2020). The elements of modern architecture: understanding contemporary buildings (2nd ed.). Thames & hudson.
Rewal, r., frampton, k., & ozkan, s. (2022). Raj rewal: innovative architecture and tradition (1st ed.). Om books international.
Shah, j. (2008). Contemporary indian architecture. Roli books.

Instructor bio

Prof. P.S. Chani

IIT Roorkee
Prof. P.S. Chani is a professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee and was also heading the department for 4 years upto June 2021. He has completed his education in architecture from IIT Roorkee, right from his UG programme and he has been in teaching for more than 20 years. His area of research is embodied energy and carbon emissions through building construction. Over the years, he has taught a range of subjects in both UG and PG programmes. But his chief interest is in the study and teaching of modern world and modern Indian architecture. He has also taught specific subjects related to modern architecture like High Tech Buildings, Futuristic Architecture and Structures & Architecture. He hasalso been shortlisted amongst the top teachers in IIT Roorkee for 3 years.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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