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Laurie Baker

Laurence Wilfred “Laurie” Baker (March 2, 1917 – April 1, 2007)was an award-winning English architect, renowned for his initiatives in low-cost housing. He went to India in 1945 in part as a missionary and since then lived and worked in India for over 50 years. He obtained Indian citizenship in 1989 and resided in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala. In 1990, the Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri, the nation’s fourth highest civilian award, in recognition of his meritorious service in the field of architecture.

Recently the renowed architect, famous for his work on low cost housing passed away. This post is dedicated to that person and to his work.His work was something we had tried to understand during our engineering days and when the new flashed about his passing away, I was tempted to browse the net and read more about him. There are many things I read about him, which caught my attention.
He was encouraged by Mahatma to stay back in India and do work as an architect while doing missionary work for those suffering from Leprosy.
He was married to his close friend doctor P.J. Chandy’s sister Elizabeth Chandy and they lived and worked for 16 years in the villages on the boarder of Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayas.
Baker became well known for designing and building low cost, high quality homes, with a great portion of his work suited to or built for lower-middle to lower class clients.
Mr Baker, Hats off to your dedication, focus and contributions!

April 4, 2007 Posted by | Personalities | Leave a comment