Balkrishna Doshi, India’s greatest Pritzker Prize-winning architect, has died

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Balkrishna Doshi, India’s greatest architect, has died at the age of 95 after a career spanning more than six decades and more than 100 major projects.

Balkrishna Doshi – Photo courtesy of VSF

The Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi died on January 24, 2023 at the age of 95. They wrote about him that he was “India’s greatest architect” in the world, with over 100 projects completed, winner of both the Pritzker Architecture Prize that of RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Master of form and light, his work has left a very important mark on Indian architecture and beyond. “Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture across India and internationally since the 1950s“, reads an announcement of the establishment of the Pritzker Prize.

Sangath Architect’s Studio, 1980, Ahmedabad, India – Photo courtesy of VSF

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, born in Pune in 1927has worked with some of the greatest masters in the history of architecture, from Le Corbusier in Paris a Louis Khan. His career spanned six decades and he founded his own studio, Vastu Shilpa Consultantsin 1955. With Kahn he had also created theIndian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. The news of his death was reported by Archdigest India magazine which wrote: “Balkrishna Doshi left an indelible legacy. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a true inspiration to the people of this country. His contributions to architecture, art, life, culture and philosophy will be remembered forever“.

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Balkrishna Doshi, Life Insurance Corporation Housing 1973

Balkrishna Doshi, Life Insurance Corporation Housing 1973

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The works of Balkrishna Doshi

Graduated from JJ School of Architecture in Bombay, has created his most important works in his own country, in India, in Ahmedabad, Dheli and Chandigarh. In 2018 he was the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award in the sector. Among his most important projects should be mentioned the barrel-vaulted studio, called Sangath, where his Vastu Shilpa Consultants work. He designed and founded in 1966 the CEPT University. He made theAranya Low Cost Housing in Indore, home to 80,000 people; the Amdavad art gallery in Gufa in 1994, lo Shreyas Comprehensive School Campus in 1963 and the brutalist theater Tagore Hall & Memorial from 700 seats in 1971, the Premabhai Hall and its beloved Kamala Housewhere he lived.


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