New book on architecture released: MODERN REGIONALISM: The Architecture of Sarbjit Bahga

I am thankful to Supreet Singh Bahga, a Doctorate from Stanford University, USA, and Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, for writing a book on my architecture.

My sincere thanks to our respected Sir, Christopher Charles Benninger, a renowned American-Indian architect/planner, and allumnus of MIT, and Harvard University, USA, who has written the foreword essay, “In Search of an Indian Architecture: Modern Regionalism.”

I am obliged to White Falcon Publishing, especially its Managing Director Navsangeet Kaur for publishing this book very tastefully.


“MODERN REGIONALISM: The architecture of Sarbjit Bahga” is a monograph on my selected works. I am an Indian architect and have more than three-and-a-half decades of practical experience in designing  of various types of buildings, complexes and large campuses. My completed works include an eclectic and impressive range of administrative, recreational, educational, medical, residential, commercial and agricultural buildings. Experts say that my building designs are innovative and responsive to function, climate and materials. I am a staunch modernist and an ardent, yet not blind, admirer of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Louis Kahn. I am three-time recipient of the World Architecture Community Awards. My name has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for designing the “longest covered concrete corridor” in Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health, Amritsar.

The main focus of this book is to present a few selected works of mine which portray my approach to the designs of the diverse range of building types. Of more than 200 projects I have designed, only 54 have been included in this treatise. These projects have been subdivided into seven categories i.e., Office Buildings, Recreational Buildings, Educational Buildings, Healthcare Buildings, Residential Buildings, Public Infrastructure, and Agricultural Buildings. These projects cover a vast range of scale from a tiny house and office building to sprawling campuses. Irrespective of their scale, these projects portray my accumulated design philosophy which has been elaborated in detail in the second chapter, “About the Architect”.


The first chapter of the book titled, “Metamorphosis of Architecture in Post-Independent India” dwells on the transition, development and transformation of modern Indian architecture since 1947. The projects included in the next seven chapters have been explained both objectively and subjectively, and well-illustrated with photographs and drawings which are uniformly drawn in a minimalist manner. The last chapter titled “Biography”, is a brief description of my life, works, achievements, awards, honours, and publications.

I hope that the book will be of immense value to the architects, urban designers, planners, engineers and the students of these disciplines. Apart from this, it will act as an important link between the past and future developments in the profession of architecture in the Indian context. Future historians will find a lot of valuable content in this compilation. It is an earnest attempt to keep the beacon of architecture glowing in the minds of the generations to come.






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