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Cyrus Jhabwala Passes Away

The architect who designed the Delhi Parsi  Dharamsala,  the Bhiwandiwalla Hall & the Dar-E-Meher. Husband of the Oscar winning Ruth Power &  Son of the  pioneering Trade Unionist Savaxshah Jhabwala Of Burn Bastion Rd, Delhi & Dadar Parsi Colony.


Architect Cyrus Jhabvala, 94, passed away today, September 23rd, in Los Angeles where he was staying with his daughter Pheroza. His bio was published in the book: Architecture in India in 1986. I have added a few details myself.

Born in Bombay, in 1920. After architectural studies in Bombay and London, he was elected an associate member of the R.l.B.A. (Royal Institute Of British Architects)in 1948. He was later to become a Fellow of the same Institute. He returned to India in 1949 and set up a practice in partnership with Mr. Anan and Mr. Aptay in Delhi.

He taught architecture at the Delhi Polytechnic from 1949 to 1957. From 1966 to1978, he was the head of the Department of Architecture and also Director of the School of Planning and Architecture for one year. His dedication and contributions to architectural education in India are widely acknowledged. His major works include some large university campuses in North India and various exhibition pavilions at the Trade Fair Gounds, Delhi. He has been awarded four Gold Medals for his exhibition pavilions at the Fair-Grounds. he was consultant to the World Bank for the Tamil Nadu Integrated Nutrition Scheme, Health Subcentres, Nutrition Centres and Training Centres.

A legendary teacher, he taught generations of architects in Delhi and also became the subject of a film written by Arundhati Roy, who was also his student at SPA. The film –“In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones” was one of the early films directed by Pradeep Krishen, and Roshen Seth played the role inspired by Jhabvala. He designed the Kirorimal College buildings, Delhi University in 1954-55. In the last few years, he was living in New York with his wife, the famed novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who passed away there in 2013. He dedicated the last many years in making drawings of the cities of Delhi and of New York, which have been most recently published by Penguin.

He is survived by his three daughters, Renana, Ava and Pheroza.


An architect, a teacher, an artist, a visionary….

Link to article from The Hindu.Delhi August 30th, 2012.