“The architects who shaped Mumbai,” published on Outlook India, delves into the characters and histories of the men behind some of Mumbai’s most iconic landmarks.

Mumbai’s iconic buildings

It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that Mumbai is full of iconic buildings. Victoria Terminus (now the World Heritage monument of CST), Flora Fountain, Gateway of India and Crawford Market are but a few of the most famous ones.

All the most iconic, and perhaps the greatest buildings in Mumbai were designed by now world-famous architects. But at the time, these architects just had the respect of their peers and a stellar reputation. History would be made later.

Sir George Gilbert Scott and the University of Mumbai

The first architect name in the article is Sir George Gilbert Scott, who gave Mumbai the French-style University of Mumbai. Scott designed the Bombay University complex comprising two separate buildings, the Library (built 1869-78) and the Convocation Hall (built 1869-74). The original university was established in 1857 and is one of the oldest and most respected Universities in India today.

Sir George Gilbert Scott’s contribution to Mumbai has been widely recognised by the Indian government. For the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’s Curators Gallery put together an exhibition to commemorate him.

Other prominent architects mentioned in the article include Col James Augustus Fuller, Major John Hawkin, Thomas Cowper and Sir Bartle Frere & James Trubshaw. These architects gave Mumbai incredible structures that still stand today.

You can find out more about the architects who shaped Mumbai on Outlook India.