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Dr Irena Murray poses for a photograph with the late Charles Correa 

The theme of Dr Murray's talk: "Before the Monsoon: the Architecture of Charles Correa'

Charles Correa' s architecture is characterised by a sense of urgency about his own work. His experience of spaces as dynamic energy fields in which we engage has shaped his own ' promenade architecturale.' His great inventiveness has stemmed from a keen consciousness of the interaction between climate, culture and people. 

Rooted in India, but with education inflected by his experience in the West, Correa concentrated on the living patterns in communities where he worked, achieving remarkable results with simple but effective means. 

Dr Murray's lecture illustrated some of Correa's "classic" and recent projects with a view to his legacy as an architect and humanist.


Her India schedule of talks:  

Dates Venues Cities
3 March, 2016 British Council, KG Marg New Delhi
7 March, 2016 Smriti-Nandan Cultural Centre Bangalore
10 March, 2016 Kala Academy Goa
15 March, 2016  The NGMA, Kalaghoda Mumbai

About Dr Irena Murray

An HonFRIBA, historian and curator, Dr Murray specialises in international and transnational architecture. Prague- born, she studied at Charles University and obtained her PhD in Architectural History and Theory from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dr Murray served as Head of Art and Architecture Collections and later as Curator-in-Chief of Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University. In 2004, she was appointed the Banister Fletcher Director of the British Architectural Library and Collections at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. In 2014, the RIBA awarded her the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute for services to architecture and architectural collections.

Among the many exhibitions she curated throughout her career belongs the 2013 exhibition, at the RIBA, on the work of Charles Correa, which also brought about a gift of archival material from the architect.

She is an author, editor and translator of a number of publications, including the 2009 anthology Le Corbusier and Britain and others.



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