Award: Pritzker Prize
Major Buildings: IIM Bangalore, NIFT Delhi
Prize Announced on March 8, 2018
Pune-based architect Balkrishna Doshi was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018 for excellence in architecture. The Pritzker Prize is often called the Nobel of architecture. Doshi will travel to Toronto, Canada where he will receive a prize and deliver a public lecture. The citation for the award appreciated his authentic style and desire to contribute to nation building.
Biography of Balkrishna Doshi :
Doshi is an alumnus of JJ School of Architecture in Mumbai. He worked with the famous French architect Le Corbusier in Paris in the 50s. Doshi was involved closely with the IIM Ahmedabad building after returning to India, and he also started the School of Architecture in 1962. He served there as director for the next ten years. He later served as the first director of the School of Planning and was the founding director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.
He is a pioneering influence in the design of low-cost housing. He is also noted for having devised innovative ways to show sustainability in designs. Doshi was honored as a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He also served on the board of the Pritzker Prize and was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976.
About The Pritzker Prize :
The Prize carries an amount of $100,000, a citation and a bronze medallion. It was started in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and wife Cindy, and is funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation. Previous winners include Zaha Hadid, IM Pei, and Shigeru Ban. The ceremony location for the 2018 prize will be the Aga Khan building in Toronto.
Facts related to Pritzker Prize and Balkrishna Doshi :
- Balkrishna Doshi is the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize.
- The prize has had 40 previous recipients.
- Doshi was also the founder member of the Visual Arts Center in Ahmedabad.
- The IIM Bangalore campus is often regarded as Doshi’s signature work. The building was completed in multiple phases over a period of 15 years from 1977.