Habib Rahman: The architect of independent India

By: S.M. Akhtar |
  • ISBN: 978-93-83419-34-0
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Dimension: 7.25 x 9 in.
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Pages: 118


Habib Rahman, one of the visionaries, laid the foundations of the architectural vocabulary of independent India by playing a pivotal role in shaping the modern architecture of Delhi. This book describes Habib Rahman as an inscriber of the transition of India from a newly independent state to a strong republic, reflected through his architectural practice. It further describes Habib as an engineer, architect and a musician, a fusion of which is evinced in the unique purity clarity and vibrancy of his architectural pursuit. It provides a blueprint of projects conceived by Habib in detail, supported by rare photographs and plans showing the evolution of his design vocabulary from Gandhi Ghat to the Delhi Zoological Park.

This book on Padma Bhushan Habib Rahman is an important contribution to the history of modern architecture in India. 

About the Author

S.M. Akhtar

Dr. S. M. Akhtar is a man of multi-disciplinary background, his scope of studies spans over Architecture, Town Planning, Social Sciences and Environment. He is a graduate of The Indian Institute of Architect, a postgraduate of the Institute of Town Planners India, with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration covering Urban & Rural Environment Management, Sociology, and Economics and Bachelor’s degree in Law, and Ph.D. on Urban Housing. He is the first recipient of D.Litt. in Public Administration as well the first architect and planner honored with a D.Litt. degree. 

He is currently Professor & Founder Dean of Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. By initiating B.Arch. (SFS) besides B.Arch., he introduced second shift in teaching with aim to optimize national resource utilization; he succeeded in bridging industry–institution gap. He developed six Master’s degree program namely, M. Ekistics, M. Arch–Architecture Pedagogy, M. Arch–Building Services, M. Arch–Medical Architecture, M. Arch–Recreation Architecture and M. Arch–Urban Regeneration, all of which are unique. Also under his supervision, Ph.D. program in Architecture & Planning has been introduced and five Ph.D. theses have been awarded. He has previously authored book entitled “Urban Housing – Issues & Strategies” and “Islamic Architecture – At Crossroad”.