‘A Man without Mask' - A TRIBUTE TO AR PRADEEP SACHDEVA
Surfaces Reporter|July - August 2020
‘A Man without Mask' - A TRIBUTE TO AR PRADEEP SACHDEVA
For an architect, it is always a great achievement if his creations are imprinted in the minds of the people. This kind of feat was achieved by Ar Pradeep Sachdeva when he designed iconic public spaces like The Garden of Five Senses and Delhi Haat. An alumni of IIT-Roorkee, he was an expert in designing public spaces and giving an urban outlook the heritage precincts while retaining their soul, Ar Sachdeva left for heavenly abode during the early hours of May 31st, 2020 due to heart attack. Surfaces Reporter (SR) feels it is a great loss to the Indian Architecture Fraternity, a void which cannot be filled.

A trailblazer in true sense

He was a man who gave public spaces a new meaning as his spaces rediscovered the Indian roots through the local crafts and indigenous materials and bringing them to the urban setting. An unconventional design approach and bringing alive some of the most mundane sites is one of the biggest quality of his works. One of his most famous creations, Delhi Haat at Aurobindo Marg, the food and crafts Bazaar has emerged as one of Delhi’s most loved urban leisure spaces. Designed to be a public space it is a platform for showcasing regional crafts and food of India. The popularity of the space is such that every state in the country wants to emulate at least one Delhi Haat in their city. He had also received National Award for Promotion of Barrier Free Environment in 2005 for the same. Later, he also designed another Delhi Haat in Pitampura area of North-West Delhi.

Ar Pradeep Sachdeva grew up in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and schooled in Mussorie. Post his graduation from IIT-Roorkee in 1980, he worked with some of the prominent names of that time including Christopher Charles Benninger. He came from the generation of architects who found and created some of the most interesting buildings in the village settlements nestled in and around prominent urban sprawls.

His office first in Khirki extension and later in Aya Nagar was an institution in itself for the budding architects.

Many notable figures condoled his sudden demise including Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who tweeted, “The spaces he created have become architectural landmarks for our city brought alive by his imaginative design.

Describing his nature, notable sustainable architect, YATIN PANDYA, PRINCIPAL, FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H, said, “There are some who talk of what to do. There are some who talk about what they do. There are some who do what others only talk of and yet not talk about it. Pradeepji was one such gentle soul who believed in human values and then believed in doing what he believed in. His works spoke for him because they spoke not of eccentricity of the creator but of humane values that it got created after. He believed in journey not the destination.

Ar Sonali Bhagwati, who was a colleague and known Ar Sachdeva for almost thirty years admired him for his understanding of nature. She said, “We have known Pradeep Sachdev since 30 yrs and have seen his journey from his little office in khirki village to the wonderful organic work space at Aya Nagar. I always admired his use of natural materials and the forms created. His passing is a huge loss to the fraternity.”

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