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Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (born 26 August 1927) is an Indian architect.[1] He is considered to be an important figure of South Asian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India.[2] His more noteworthy designs include the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore
Indore
which was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[3] In 2018, he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. [4]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early projects 2.2 Teaching 2.3 Recognition

3 Awards 4 Buildings 5 Popular culture 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Early life[edit] Doshi was born in Pune, India.[5] He studied at the J. J. School of Architecture, Mumbai. Career[edit] Early projects[edit]

Academic Block of IIM-Bangalore

Library Block of IIM-Bangalore

Husain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad

After having worked for four years between 1951-54 with Le Corbusier in Paris, Doshi returned to Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
to supervise Le Corbusier's projects. His studio, Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design), was established in 1955. Doshi worked closely with Louis Kahn
Louis Kahn
and Anant Raje, when Kahn designed the campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In 1958 he was a fellow at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He then started the School of Architecture (S.A) in 1962. Teaching[edit] Apart from his international fame as an architect, Dr. Doshi is equally known as an educator and institution builder. He has been the first founder Director of the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1962–72), first founder Director of the School of Planning (1972–79), first founder Dean of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (1972–81), founder member of the Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
and first founder Director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad. Dr. Doshi has been instrumental in establishing the nationally and internationally known research institute Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design. The institute has done pioneering work in low cost housing and city planning. His work is considered noteworthy for his pioneering work on low-income housing. he is also noted for designs which incorporate concepts of sustainability in innovative ways. [4] Recognition[edit] Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. As an academician, Dr. Doshi has been visiting the USA and Europe since 1958.[citation needed] Awards[edit] In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and as an academician, Dr. Doshi has received several international and national awards and honours.

Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2018 [4] Padma Shri, Government of India,1976 Honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. France's highest honour for arts the 'Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters', 2011.[6] 6th Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
for Aranya Community Housing, 1993-1995. [3]

Buildings[edit]

1969-71 ECIL Township, Hyderabad 1979-80 Sangath, BV Doshi's office, Ahmedabad 1972 Centre for Environment and Planning Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad 1962-74 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore 1989 National Institute of Fashion Technology,[7] Delhi 1990 Amdavad ni Gufa, Ahmedabad Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore IFFCO township, Kalol Sawai Gandharva, Pune Premabhai Hall, Ahmedabad Tagore Hall, Ahmedabad Vidyadhar Nagar, Jaipur Udayan the Condoville, Udita (HIG), Utsav (MIG) Utsarg (LIG) 2500 homes, Kolkata

Popular culture[edit] In 2008, Hundredhands director Premjit Ramachandran released a documentary interviewing Doshi. He appeared as himself in Mani Ratnam's O Kadhal Kanmani, and Shaad Ali's Ok Jaanu, playing himself.[8] References[edit]

^ Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi. Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine. ArchNet 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. ^ Ashish Nangia: "Post Colonial India
India
and its Architecture - II", in Boloji, 12-02-2006 ^ a b "Balkrishna Doshi Named 2018 Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
Laureate". ArchDaily. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.  ^ a b c Top Architecture Prize Goes to Low-Cost Housing Pioneer From India, By Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, March 7, 2018. ^ Japan Architect, nr.05, 2001 ^ B V Doshi conferred France's highest honour for arts - Times Of India ^ http://www.nift.ac.in ^ Shah, Devanshi. "9 amazing facts you absolutely wouldn't have guessed about BV Doshi". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

Curtis, William J. R., Balikrishna Doshi: An Architecture for India, Rizzoli, New York 1988, ISBN 0-8478-0937-4 James Steel, The Complete Architecture of Balikrishna Doshi, Rethinking Modernism for the Developing World, Thames and Hudson, London 1998, ISBN 0-500-28082-7 Bruno Melotto ed., Balkrishna Doshi. Sangath. Indian architecture between tradition and modernity, Maggioli Editore, Santarcangelo di Romagna 2012, ISBN 8838761264 Bruno Melotto ed., Balkrishna Doshi. The Masters in India. Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn
Louis Kahn
and the Indian Context, Maggioli Editore, Santarcangelo di Romagna 2014, ISBN 978-88-387-6295-6

External links[edit]

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Pritzker Architecture Prize
Pritzker Architecture Prize
laureates

Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson
(1979) Luis Barragán
Luis Barragán
(1980) James Stirling (1981) Kevin Roche
Kevin Roche
(1982) I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei
(1983) Richard Meier
Richard Meier
(1984) Hans Hollein
Hans Hollein
(1985) Gottfried Böhm
Gottfried Böhm
(1986) Kenzo Tange (1987) Gordon Bunshaft
Gordon Bunshaft
and Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
(1988) Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
(1989) Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi
(1990) Robert Venturi
Robert Venturi
(1991) Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira
(1992) Fumihiko Maki
Fumihiko Maki
(1993) Christian de Portzamparc
Christian de Portzamparc
(1994) Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando
(1995) Rafael Moneo
Rafael Moneo
(1996) Sverre Fehn
Sverre Fehn
(1997) Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano
(1998) Norman Foster (1999) Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas
(2000) Herzog & de Meuron (2001) Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
(2002) Jørn Utzon
Jørn Utzon
(2003) Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
(2004) Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
(2005) Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
(2006) Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
(2007) Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel
(2008) Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor
(2009) Kazuyo Sejima
Kazuyo Sejima
and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
SANAA
(2010) Eduardo Souto de Moura
Eduardo Souto de Moura
(2011) Wang Shu
Wang Shu
(2012) Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito
(2013) Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban
(2014) Frei Otto
Frei Otto
(2015) Alejandro Aravena
Alejandro Aravena
(2016) Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramón Vilalta / RCR Arquitectes (2017) B. V. Doshi
B. V. Doshi
(2018)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 79406814 LCCN: n88191043 ISNI: 0000 0000 7861 1582 GND: 118997424 SUDOC: 164692207 BIBSYS: 98065153 ULAN: 500034

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