Balkrishna Doshi awarded Pritzker Prize

Architect, urban planner and educator Balkrishna Doshi has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, the first Indian recipient of architecture’s premier award.

Doshi has been a practising architect for 70 years, and his “ethical and personal approach to architecture has touched lives of every class through a broad spectrum of genres,” said Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Pritzker Organisation which makes the award.

He has designed projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others.

Notable works by the architect include Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, 1977-1992); and his studio, Sangath (Ahmedabad, 1980).

The 2018 Jury commented:

“Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends.

“Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located. His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability.”