Claude Batley was an architect and a teacher who practised in the city of Bombay for over 40 years uptill his death in the year 1956.
AMongst his noteworthy works is the Mumbai Central Terminus building that was opened in December 1930.
There was a strong lobby resisting the straightforward adoption of the International Style, with Claude Batley (who had established the Department of Architecture at the J. J. School of Art) as one of its leading protagonists. They held that traditional Indian character and motifs in building had to be expressed in contemporary work.