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Balkrishna Doshi, the legendary Indian architect who designs buildings and institutions, is being honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Nobel equivalent for the field. The Pune-born Doshi, who is 90, is the first Indian to receive the honor, the highest in the profession.

BV Doshi First Indian to Win Pritzker Architecture Prize

BV Doshi First Indian to Win Pritzker Architecture Prize

BV Doshi First Indian to Win Pritzker Architecture Prize

  • Previous winners of this award include world-renowned architects like Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, IM Pei, and Shigeru Ban

About the International Pritzker Prize

  • Established by Chicago’s Pritzker family in 1979, bestows laureates with $100,000 along with a bronze medallion.

  • It is granted annually and is often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel” and “the profession’s highest honor. “

  • International prize awarded each year to a living architect’s for significant achievement.

  • The official ceremony granting the award takes place every year, usually in May, at an architecturally significant site throughout the world.

B. V. Doshi

  • Doshi’s architecture explores the relationships between fundamental needs of human life, connectivity to self and culture, and understanding of social traditions, within the context of a place and its environment, and through a response to Modernism
  • An alumnus of the JJ School of Architecture in Mumbai, Doshi worked with the legendary Le Corbusier in Paris in the 1950 before returning to India to supervise the architect’s projects.
  • He established his studio Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design) in 1955 and worked with Louis Kahn and Anant Raje in designing the campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
  • He went on to design IIMs in Bangalore and Lucknow, the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Tagore Memorial Hall, the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad, among other fine campuses and buildings across India, besides many low-cost housing projects.

He is also known as an institution builder, because he was

  • The first founder Director of the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad

  • First founder Director of the School of Planning

  • First founder Dean of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (whose building he also designed),

  • Founder member of the Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad

  • First founder Director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.

He became known for the Aranya Low Cost Housing project, which accommodates 80,000 people with houses and courtyards linked by a maze of pathways in the city of Indore.

Mr Doshi, who now works mainly as a consultant, mixes modernism with functionality to produce what he calls a “holistic habitat” that puts India’s army of poor before profit.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 8, 2018


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