Henry Medd

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Henry Alexander Nesbitt Medd (September 21, 1892 - October 26, 1977), was a British-born architect, whose career was made in India. He is most known for being in the team of architects, team led by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, which designed the new capital of India, New Delhi (1911–1931).Post inauguration of New Delhi, when most of architects left, he stayed on, designed many more buildings and eventually remained, Chief Architect to the Government of India (1939–47).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Son of the Reverend Canon Peter Medd of North Cerney, Cirencester, a founder of Keble College, Oxford, Henry Medd was a Young and Summers Scholar at Abingdon School.


He was articled to F C Eden (1911) and entered the office of Sir Edwin Lutyens (1915). The team included, apart from him, architects like Robert Tor Russell, William Henry Nicholls, CG Blomfield, Walter Sykes George, FB Blomfield, Arthur Gordon Shoosmith and Henry Medd, which designed numerous buildings in Lutyens' Delhi.[1][not in citation given]

He was Sir Herbert Baker's representative in New Delhi (1919–31) and designed the Cathedral Church of the Redemption and the Sacred Heart Cathedral, New Delhi (1927–28). He designed law courts at Nagpur (1937) and was Chief Architect to the Government of India (1939–47).[2]

He was Master of the Art Workers Guild (1959).


  1. ^ a b "A ‘garden’ in the centre of New Delhi". Hindustan Times. June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jan Morris (2005). Stones of empire: the buildings of the Raj. Oxford University Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-19-280596-7. 

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