The UIA deeply regrets to inform that UIA Past President, Jai Rattan Bhalla passed away “suddenly and peacefully," last 31st December, and presents its sincere condolences to the UIA Indian Section as well as to his Family and Colleagues.
J R Bhalla was President of International Union of Architects (1975-79), of the CAA-Commonwealth Association of Architects (1969 to 1973) and of the Indian Institute of Architects (1966 to 1971). He was also Chairman of the All India Board of Architectural Education (1990-1998).
Among other international recognitions, Jai Rattan Bhalla was Fellow of IIA-Indian Institute of Architects and of RIBA-Royal Institute of British Architects, and Hon. Fellow of AIA-American Institute of Architects, RAIA-Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, FCARM-Mexican Institute of Architects, and BUA-Bulgarian Union of Architects.
He played a key role in the in the growth and development of architecture in India by writing the ‘Architects Act, 1972’. JR Bhalla was the Principal and one of the three founders of his firm sdb-consultants-pvt-ltd (Stein, Doshi & Bhalla) started in the mid-fifties in Delhi.
His achievements and engagement to the profession will always remain very bright in our memories.
A prayer meeting was held at 4:00 pm today, 2nd January, 2017 at New Delhi.
"On behalf of the International Union of Architects, I express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones, colleagues and friends of Architect Padma shri Dr. Jai Rattan Bhalla on his passing. He was indeed a prolific Architect who made enormous contributions to the Architectural profession, not only in his own country but in the world.
Although I had not met Architect Dr. Jai Bhalla personally, I have very fond memories of him through his regular email communications as the Past President of UIA. I found him to be very passionate and dedicated to the advancement of our profession, particularly in education. His mission and advice were to ensure that the UNESCOUIA Charter on Architectural Education is observed and adopted by all world governments in order to preserve the quality and standard of Architecture and the profession.
We shall miss him dearly, a man who made invaluable contributions to our profession through his works, deeds and teachings.
May his soul rest in peace."
Ar. Esa Mohamed