About Dinyar Wadia: Since the establishment of Wadia Associates more than 40 years ago, Dinyar Wadia and his dedicated team of designers have earned a reputation for designing and building high-end homes, gardens, and interiors. Over the years, they have helped sculpt the local environment to become an important fixture in the architectural fabric of Fairfield County.
Dinyar developed his love of architecture and unerring eye for distinctive design as a child growing up in Bombay (Mumbai), 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 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. Victor, along with Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, and Eliot Noyes, helped define the Mid-Century Modern movement in New Canaan. Mr. Wadia says that taking a position with Victor was the best life decision that he made.
Ever since working with Chris-Janer, rather than specialize in a single type of design, Dinyar’s business philosophy has always been to excel at all styles of architecture. Over the past 30 years, he has demonstrated a remarkable versatility and adaptability that has solidified his position as one of the areas’ leading architects. Regardless of the architectural style, his design philosophy emphasizes a strict attention to detail, exceptional workmanship, the use of exceptional 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.