Pierre Jeanneret

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Pierre Jeanneret : biography

2 March 1896 – 4 December 1967

Pierre Jeanneret (2 March 1896, Geneva – 4 December 1967) was a Swiss architect who collaborated with his more famous cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret (who assumed the pseudonym Le Corbusier) for about twenty years.

Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again and famously after the War, on the plan and architecture for the planned city of Chandigarh in India.


ChandigarhPierre Jeanneret, in collaboration with the English husband-wife team of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, was responsible for much of Chandigarh’s huge civic architecture project. Pierre was responsible for a significant amount of designing for the Panjab University, including the Gandhi Bhawan and the University Library.

Pierre Jeanneret stayed on in Chandigarh after its construction, advising the local government in his appointed capacity as Chief Architect of the city.

On his death, in accordance with his will, Pierre Jeanneret’s ashes were scattered in Chandigarh’s central lake.