A protagonist of Indian Architecture

Jasbir Sachdev (1930-2020)

The Indian architectural fraternity recently lost veteran architect Jasbir Sachdev. He was the founder principal architect of Sachdev Eggleston Associates, a New Delhi-based architectural practice established in 1970. Sachdev had the opportunity to work with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret on the Chandigarh project from 1952 to 1956. His design ideology has its origin in the crystallized Corbusian school of thought due to his association with the Swiss-born French architects. He was a pioneer of sustainable architecture, perhaps before the evolution of the term ‘sustainability in architecture’.

He joined Australian architect Rosemary Eggleston in 1964 and later became his partner in work and in life. They together inspired generations of Indian architects and built many iconic projects including the campuses of Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, the Modern School in Vasant Vihar and the India Pavillion in the World Expo 70 in Osaka.

A protagonist of the use of materials in their natural colour and texture, Jasbir Sachdev designed a number of buildings which exemplify his reverence for the masters. Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi is one such building he designed in exposed brick and concrete.