Launch of "Raj Rewal: Innovative Architecture and Tradition", 8 January 2014 [fr]
H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, hosted the book launch of Raj Rewal: Innovative Architecture and Tradition, published by Om Books International, on Wednesday 8th January 2014, at the Residence of France.
One of India’s best-known architects, Raj Rewal has set global precedents with his urban narratives of design richly influenced by their contextual culture. The thoughtful juxtaposition of traditional concepts and contemporary syntax in his work reflects his fascination for weaving expressions of heritage and history into a modern architectural vocabulary, promoting both craftsmanship and new technologies. A major exhibition showcasing his work is currently being hosted at the celebrated Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France’s greatest museum of modern art.
Educated in Delhi and London, Raj Rewal left the U.K. to work in Michel Ecochard’s office in Paris before starting his practice in New Delhi in the sixties. His building portfolio includes many prestigious landmarks: Nehru Memorial Pavilion, New Delhi; SCOPE Office Complex, New Delhi; Asiad Games Village, New Delhi; National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi; Library for the Indian Parliament, New Delhi; Lisbon Ismaili Centre, Portugal; Indian Embassy, Beijing; and the recently completed Visual Arts Institutional Campus, Rohtak.
Raj Rewal has received many honours, including the Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Architects, the Robert Matthew Award from the Commonwealth Association of Architects and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.
Raj Rewal is one of the architects who designed the Embassy of France in New Delhi. He took the guests upon their arrival on a brief tour of the Embassy premises.
Raj Rewal: Innovative Architecture and Tradition , published by Om Books International, with essays by Raj Rewal, Kenneth Frampton, Peter Davey, Suha Ozkan and Suparna Rajguru, sums up the concepts that shaped his creations, throughout a repertoire of residential, housing, public and institutional buildings.
About the book, Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International, writes: ’Raj Rewal’s buildings have dominated our growing up years as prominent cultural and historical milestones, more so in Delhi. From the Hall of Nations, the Hall of Industries to the World Bank Regional Mission, his architecture describes a fascinating trajectory from the local to the international. The book is a humble tribute to the Master Builder.’