New Delhi: Noted Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, now 90-years-old, has been named this year’s winner of architecture’s highest honour – the Pritzker Prize.
Doshi is the first Indian to have won the Pritzker. Buildings he has designed include the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, a number of cultural spaces in Ahmedabad such as the Tagore Memorial Hall, Institute of Indology and Premabhai Hall, and a private residence, Kamala House, in Ahmedabad. Doshi is also responsible for Ahmedabad’s famous underground art gallery Amdavad Ni Gufa, a cave-like structure which has a roof made of interconnected domes, covered with a mosaic of tiles.
The architect also designed Indore’s Aranya low-cost housing project in 1989. It currently accommodates over 80,000 individuals.
Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation that sponsors the award, made the announcement in Chicago. The award ceremony will take place at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto this May.
Influenced by masters of 20th-century architecture Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (known as Le Corbusier) and Louis Khan, Doshi has been able to create built works that aim to enhance the quality of living in India.
“My works are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create treasury of the architectural spirit. I owe this prestigious prize to my guru, Le Corbusier. His teachings led me to question identity and compelled me to discover new regionally-adopted contemporary expression for a sustainable holistic habitat,” Doshi said.
“The work of Balkrishna Doshi truly underscores the mission of the prize – demonstrating the art of architecture and an invaluable service to humanity,” Pritzker said. “I am honoured to present the award to an architect who has contributed more than 60 years of service to us all.”
Here’s a look at some of the iconic buildings Doshi designed.
(With PTI inputs)