Is there 'A' Modern Indian Architecture?

Have you wondered how the present state of architecture in India came to be? What happened after monumental temples and tombs, but before the different styles that we see in the country today? Most of us are introduced to the concept of Modernism in India through lens of Chandigarh and architects like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, but is that the whole picture? This course gives you a glimpse into some of the parallel people, events and stories that shaped Modernism in India and some of its regional interpretations. 

Course Outcomes

  • Enhance

    your understanding of the immediate past to be more sensitive to your present context

  • Explore

    the effects of the political, social and economic situations on the built environment

  • Evolve

    into a more critically aware architect and designer

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Hello!

    • Introduction to the Portal

  • 2


  • 3

    Through the Lens of Chandigarh

    • The Socio-political Debate

    • Pdf file for reference

    • Quiz 1

    • References

  • 4

    Modernism Before the Masters

    • Colonial Modernity

    • Pdf file for reference

    • Quiz 2

    • References

  • 5


    • Architecture as Identity

    • Pdf file for reference

    • Quiz 3

    • References

  • 6

    Plurality in the Indian Context

    • The Search for an 'Indian' Modernism

    • Pdf file for reference

    • Quiz 4

    • References

  • 7

    The Missing Pieces

    • Women in Modern Architecture in India

    • Pdf file for reference

    • Quiz 5

    • References

  • 8


    • A Reflection

    • List of some more Architects and Engineers

  • 9


    • More Resources for You

  • 10

    Before You Bid Adieu..

    • Quick Survey

    • How to get your Certificate

Who should take this course?

  • Students of Architecture and Design

  • Professionals - Architects & Interior Designers

  • All those interested in learning more about the present state of architecture in India


Athulya Aby

Co-founder, Prayogshala Collaborative

Athulya Ann Aby is a post-graduate in Architectural History and Theory from CEPT, Ahmedabad. She has taught undergraduate courses in history, theory and design. She is also a co-founder and an individual researcher at Prayogshala Collaborative. As a keen traveler and a passionate teacher, her research interests lie in architectural historiography and education. Through writing about the built environment, she hopes to bridge the gap between its users by making them aware of its story.