Did You Know! Chandigarh’s Modern Architecture Owes Credit To India’s First Woman Architect



Deepali Takkar | ChandigarhX.com | Published: July 19, 2019

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Chandigarh has been touted as the New Age urban planning and architectural marvel. And definitely the credit goes to Le Corbusier. But, we definitely cannot overlook the zealous and visionary team of world-class architects and planners he had- Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew, and Urmila Eulie Chowdhury, India’s first qualified woman architect.

Eulie Chowdhury

Urmila Eulie Chowdhury (1923-1995) was India’s first qualified woman architect, a teacher, and a writer. Some historians believe that she was Asia’s first qualified female architect.

An extraordinary phenomenon she was!

The philosophical variables of The City Beautiful may have been defined by Le Corbusier, but the form and design of Chandigarh’s architecture is attributed to Urmila Eulie Chowdhury.

A pioneering architect and designer contributed to the making of Chandigarh, right from planning the bricks and mortars to laying the foundation of cultural activities. Eulie’s novel ideology of working didn’t just transform the city, her designs also defined India’s modernist heritage.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]FULL ARTICLE: chandigarhx.com


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