Prof. Christopher Benninger

Christopher Benninger (b.1942) is one of India’s highly decorated Architects. His well-known award-winning projects are – Mahindra United World College of India; The Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies in Mumbai; The “Suzlon One Earth” World Headquarters in Pune, India; The National Ceremonial Plaza at Thimphu, Bhutan; and his own studio and residence “India House” in Pune. Each project addresses the complex issues of Design, Context, Climate, Materials, Sustainability and Technology, along with the client’s Programmatic needs.

Benninger studied Urban-Planning at MIT and Architecture at Harvard, where he later also taught. He settled in India in 1971, founding the School of Planning at Ahmedabad as a Ford Foundation Advisor, where he continues as a Distinguished Professor. His name appears alongside Geoffrey Bawa, Charles Correa and Balkrishna Doshi as one of the six recipients of the Great Master Architect Award in India.

His firm, CCBA Designs, has been working on various projects including – The Azim Premji University at Bengaluru; The Indian Institute of Technology at Hyderabad; The Heritage Campus of “College of Engineering Pune” and Pune University. His city and regional planning work ranges from India, Bhutan and all the way to Sri Lanka. Benninger’s expansive campuses reveal an understanding of Indian “Place Making”, Reflecting the great Temple Complexes and the Mogul Campuses. His narrative presents a language that lies between American ideals embedded in wooded Arcadian landscapes and sacred notions enshrined within Indian courtyards, generating a unique approach to architecture and place making.

Benninger’s expansive campuses reveal an understanding of Indian “place making” reflecting the great temple complexes and the Mughal campuses. His narrative presents a language that lies between American ideals embedded in its wooded Arcadian landscapes and sacred notions enshrined within Indian courtyards, generating a unique approach to architecture and place making.His recent book, Letters To A Young Architect [www.amazon.com & www.kindle.com & www.flipkart.com], focuses on the practice of architecture in developing societies, and was on the Top 10 Best Selling Non-Fiction Books List for 18 weeks in India, bringing to the general public ideas related to the built environment. The book is also translated into Chinese language and published from Shanghai.