Renowned architect Pradeep Sachdeva drew his last breath on Sunday, May 30 and died of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife and two children.
He was famous for designing the iconic epicenter of culture and art, Dilli Haat at INA Market in New Delhi. He also designed the Garden of Five Sense in Said Ul Ajaib.
His other notable works included streetscaping at the Commonwealth Games and designing Emporia Plaza at Baba Khadak Singh Marg.
Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia mourned over his death as he tweeted, “… The spaces he created have become architectural landmarks for our city brought alive by his imaginative design.”
His imaginative designs were the product of Indian Modernism in which he firmly believed. He used to say that roads are supposed to be designed for people who drive the car but that’s just thirteen percent of them, we need to consider the civilians and pedestrians too.
Freddie Ribeiro, one of the Pradeep’s student recalls, “His thirst for knowledge was inspirational and manifested itself in the versatility of his practice.”
Pradeep Sachdeva had been a very busy man all his life and created many innovative buildings like the headquarters of Delhi Developmental Authority, DU Plaza, Plazas and streets at Bhikaji Cama Place in Delhi.
At the time of his death, he was actively involved in planning the pedestrian walks at Chandni Chowk and its beautification, Jama Masjid Precinct Development and streetscaping of Ring Road and Vikas Marg.
“It’s really disheartening to know about the untimely demise of Pradeep Sachdeva. He will be remembered for his passion for not only incorporating design elements for inclusive urban spaces but also promoting architectural heritage.”, says Nitin Panigrahi, DG Manager of ShahjahanabadRedevelopment Corporation.
He was a true visionary and will be remembered as someone who perfected the blend of Indian heritage and modernism.