B.V. Doshi Indian, b. 1927
Born in 1927 in Pune, India, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, or B.V. Doshi studied architecture at the Sir J.J. School of Architecture in Mumbai. He is the first Indian architect to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2018, along with the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Indian Institute of Architects. An instrumental contribution to architectural discourse worldwide and India’s national treasure in the industry, Doshi has orchestrated innumerable projects across scales and significance. Doshi developed an early commitment to sustainability and the relationship between space and culture, honoring a sense of the ‘local’, even while channeling Western inspirations and outlooks. He consequently created a hybrid visual language strongly embedded in place, earning him countless prestigious awards over his career.
In a long and illustrious career spanning over seven decades, Doshi has complete more than 100 projects, many of which are public institutions based in India: schools, libraries, art centres and low-cost housing. Some of his most famous constructions include IIM Bangalore, IIM Udaipur, the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, the Tagore Memorial Hall in Ahmedabad, the IFFCO Township of Kalol, Aranya Low Cost Housing in Indore and the famously renowned Amdavad di Gufa featuring the work of M.F. Husain, to name a few.
Together with his architectural work, his drawings and paintings have also been exhibited at various museums worldwide and are part of international collections. A retrospective of his works titled Celebrating Habitat: The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary and Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People was shown at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in 2014.
Doshi lives and works in Ahmedabad, India.
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