Dinyar Wadia


Dinyar developed his love of architecture and unerring eye for distinction as a child growing up in Bombay, India. His mother came from a family of builders so it was only natural that he would develop a keen interest in the rich architecture of his native city. The infrastructure of magnificent public buildings erected by the British during their colonization of India—from the Bombay Zoo to the Opera House to the Municipal Library—provided him with an enviable introduction to traditional architecture.

After completing a five-year program at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, a curriculum that included a year’s study of fine arts and several courses in landscape architecture, Dinyar met and married his wife, Gool. In 1968 the newly married couple departed from their home country and Dinyar enrolled at Columbia University in to study for a graduate degree in architecture. After graduating as a William Kinney Fellow, he then went to work for one of his professors, Victor Christ-Janer, at his architectural firm in New Canaan, Connecticut. Under Christ-Janer’s tutelage, he began his career in the modern vernacular. Yet, while his skill grew, he found his inspiration waning. Instead Dinyar found himself drawn to the beauty and charm of the traditional buildings in New Canaan and the surrounding towns of Fairfield County. The scale of the structures and their elegant detailing awoke a passion for classical design that was first expressed in his native India. Determined to heed his passion, he decided to strike out on his own in 1975 to design traditionally inspired homes.

Ever since then, rather than specialize in a single type of design, Dinyar’s business philosophy has always been to excel at all traditional styles of architecture. Over the past 30 years, he has demonstrated a remarkable versatility and adaptability that has solidified his position as the areas’ leading classical architect. Regardless of the architectural style, his design philosophy emphasizes a strict attention to detail, exceptional workmanship, the use of luxurious materials, and the integral relationship between a house and its surrounding landscape. This holistic approach to design has seen Dinyar recognized with numerous architectural and landscape awards – an is apparent in every project that he and his design team tackle.


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