Known for its poetic and functional creations, Balkrishna Doshi’s work immediately receives a positive outlook due to its personal, responsive and meaningful character towards the world and India. The proficient architect is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Doshi has been an architect, urban planner and educator for the past 70 years and has been a leading force in shaping the architecture of India as well as internationally. The architect has been able to interpret architecture and transform it into built works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. Since the 1950s, his ethical and personal approach to architect has, without a shadow of a doubt, completely changed the world, especially in socio-economic terms.
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. Childhood recollections, from the rhythms of the weather to the ringing of temple bells, inform his designs. He describes architecture as an extension of the body, and his ability to attentively address function while regarding climate, landscape, and urbanization is demonstrated through his choice of materials, overlapping spaces, and utilization of natural and harmonizing elements.
“Professor Doshi has said that ‘Design converts shelters into homes, housing into communities, and cities into magnets of opportunities. The life’s work of Balkrishna Doshi truly underscores the mission of the Prize—demonstrating the art of architecture and an invaluable service to humanity. I am honored to present the 40th anniversary of this award to an architect who has contributed more than 60 years of service to us all.” – Thomas Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pritzker Organization.
Many of his projects clearly stand out not only for being innovation but also the valuable meaning they have towards the community. These include the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, the Aranya Low Cost Housing in Indore, the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University), in Ahmedabad, the Tagore Memorial Hall, the Institute of Indology, and a private residence Kamala House, just to name a few.
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