My friend Mani Ganjjo, who has passed away at the age of 78, pursued the science and practice of architecture in India over a period of 55 years after studying for his profession in the UK. As well as being a practicing architect, he was a philosopher of architecture and fame, whose in-depth research of human needs and desires revealed his work.
Delhi-based MN Ashish Ganju Architectural Studios produced an impressive series of works, including a residence in Delhi known as the Press Enclave, a temple in McLeodganj for the Dalai Lama, and a Dolma Ling in Dharamsala ننیری۔ His projects were always short and clear of context, not of architectural architecture or any kind of dictatorial ideology.
Mani was born in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) which was then British India and now Pakistan. His father was Shyam Ganjjo, a furniture designer and businessman, and his mother was Kamni Gamkhar, a homemaker. He studied at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi and then at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal. Before that he went to the UK for training at the Architectural Association in London, where we met. ۔
After completing his studies in London, he returned to India in 1968 for a short period of further study. The following year he returned to England to gain experience in Norman Foster’s practice, and he was established in Delhi as MN Ashish Ganjo Architects, 1971 good. I returned to India for good. After 1972, he also did some teaching work at the city’s School of Planning and Architecture and the Indian Institute of Technology. In 1990, he established a new architecture school in the city. TVB School of Habitat Studies (now University of Architecture and Planning). Where he was principal for 10 years.
Moni continued to advise the government on environmental policy and was involved in the reconstruction of Delhi and other cities in India. An intelligent and influential architect, he left a legacy that will surely last.
Mani never retired, and was still active until his death, building and education. His free time was often spent reading a wide range of architectural subjects, including sustainable development, philosophy, history, and spirituality.
He is survived by his wife Neelima (Ni Dhar), whom he married in 1969-19, and their daughters Tara, Chandni and Surya.
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