The Foundation was established in 1979 by Architect Sarbjit Bahga and is being run by Architect Surinder Bahga. Having 20 years of practical experience in designing and supervision of various types of buildings all over India respectively.
Saakaar Foundation completed a large number of projects which cover an impressive range from religious, educational, housing, public, health-care, commercial, urban designing and landscaping schemes.
Two of the Churches designed by the firm were selected for an international exhibition at the V-Asian Congress of Architects held at Lahore, Pakistan. The firm also held an exhibition of their works in Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh. On the occassion, eminent architect Uttam C. Jain remarked that the exhibition is going to fulfill its real task of educating the public. Mr. Peter Serenyi, a well known critic and a leading American architect, described the work of this firm as "…...... Interesting and responsive to function, climate and materials".
The firm is actively engaged in research and studies of built-environment. It is geared to improve the living conditions of society in rural, semi-urban areas through the medium of architecture. To achieve these objectives, the Foundation has brought out three books, prepared/participated in exhibitions and organised seminars.
Surinder Bahga graduated from the Chandigarh College of Architecture in 1984.
His completed works include an eclectic and impressive range of religious, educational, administrative and residential buildings, urban design, interior design and landscape projects. His works are published in many journals and newspapers of repute. Two of his Churches were exhibited at the 5th Asian Congress of Architects, held at Lahore in Pakistan. He has won several architectural competitions and awards. Mr Bahga was given Sir M. Visveswaraya Award in 1995 by HUDCO for energy-efficient housing design. He got Michael Ventris Award from Architectural Association, London for his research on "Architecture of Astronomical Observatories in India."
He has co-authored three books namely "Modern Architecture in India:
Post Independence Perspective", "New Indian Homes" and "Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Footprints on the Sands of Indian Architecture." Besides, he has been contributing many articles to various leading professional magazines and National dailies. He has conceived and researched on a travelling exhibition "A Dream Realized" on life and works of Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret. He worked as Regional Editor of the Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects. He is Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. He is also the life member of Solar Energy Society of India.
Parveen Chopra graduated from the Chandigarh College of Architecture in 1994. His completed works include impressive range of educational, administrative, residential buildings, commercial complexes and interior design projects. Mr Chopra was given Award in 2001 by District Administration for development of parks and overall city beautification of Panipat.
He has contributed in the book "Modern Architecture in India: Post Independence Perspective" and "New Indian Homes" Besides, he has been contributing many articles to various leading professional magazines and National dailies.
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