1:24pm, 11th March, 2018
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize 2018, the highest accolade in the field of architecture, for his phenomenal work on low cost housing. He became the first Indian to win the $100,000 award, established by the Pritzker family of Chicago, in its forty years of history. The jury lauded Doshi for architecture that has created an equilibrium and peace among all the components- material and immaterial referring to the poetic underlining of his work.
B.V. Doshi is the pioneer of low cost housing , sustainable designing and city planning. He is one of the prime contributors of architectural discourse in India. He is considered to be an important figure of south Asian architecture. He was born on 26th August, 1927 in Pune. He studied at the JJ School of Architecture, Mumbai. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has also been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize. Apart from being an architect of national and international fame, he is also a noted academician. He is the Founder Director of School of Architecture Ahemdabad, Founder Director of School of Planning , first Founder Dean of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Founder Director of Kanoria Centre for Arts and research institute Vastu Shilpa Foundation for Studies & Research in Environmental Design.
Mr.Doshi has more than 1oo buildings to his credit including IIM Bangalore, NIFT Delhi, CEPT & Aranya Low Cost Housing Development Indore for which he won the Aga Khan Award for architecture. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1976 by the Government of India. He has also received France’s highest honour for arts , the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters’ in 2011.
He draws inspiration from Indian cities of Benaras, Ahemdabad and south Indian temples. Fatehpur Sikri has been the most inspiring monument to him. The works of great architects of Europe and America have also had great effect on him.
In his interviews, Mr.Doshi has cited that to him, architecture signifies the celebration of life. “ There is a sudden consciousness , propelled by beautiful spaces, where you are aware of your inner feelings, that’s when we are happy and we create. Architecture is a backdrop to life”. He is of the opinion that social consciousness is a part of the architect’s duties. The plight of the street dwellers was a motivating factor for him to take up the challenge sustainable projects of low cost housing. He feels that architects’ sole aim shouldn’t only be to create beautiful designs and monuments, but they should also strive to undertake such projects which would contribute in making a positive difference in the society.
- Architect BalkrishnaVithaldasDoshi