B. V. Doshi

Balkrishna Vithaldas DoshiOAL, (born 26 August 1927) is an Indian architect. He is considered to be an important figure of Indian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. Having worked under Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, he is a pioneer of modernist and brutalist architecture in India.

His more noteworthy designs include the IIM BangaloreIIM UdaipurNIFT DelhiAmdavad ni GufaCEPT University, and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore which was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

In 2018, he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is considered one of the most prestigious prizes in architecture. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.

Early life

Doshi was born in Pune. At the age of 11, he was injured in a fire accident, and has walked with a slight limp ever since. He studied at the Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai between 1947 and 1950.

 

Early projects

 

Academic Block of IIM-Bangalore

 

Library Block of IIM-Bangalore

 

Husain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad

In 1950, he went to Europe. He worked closely with Le Corbusier on the latter’s projects in Paris between 1951 and 1954. In 1954, he returned to India to supervise Corbusier’s buildings in Ahmedabad, which included the Villa SarabhaiVilla ShodhanMill Owners’ Association Building, and Sanskar Kendra. Corbusier is described as a major influence on Doshi’s later work.

His studio, Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design), was established in 1955. Doshi worked closely with Louis Kahn and Anant Raje, when Kahn designed the campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In 1958 he was a fellow at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He then started the School of Architecture (S.A) in 1962.

Teaching

Apart from his international fame as an architect, Dr. Doshi is equally known as an educator and institution builder. He has been the first founder Director of the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1962–72), first founder Director of the School of Planning (1972–79), first founder Dean of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (1972–81), founder member of the Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad and first founder Director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad.

Dr. Doshi has been instrumental in establishing the nationally and internationally known research institute Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design. The institute has done pioneering work in low-cost housing and city planning. His work is considered noteworthy for his pioneering work on low-income housing. He is also noted for designs which incorporate concepts of sustainability in innovative ways.

Recognition

Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects.

Doshi’s work on the reunification of Indian and English heritages through his practice was awarded a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2007, the award’s first edition. The award recognized Doshi’s significant step in the direction of an alternative development model.

In March 2018, Doshi was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Nobel equivalent for the field, thus becoming the first Indian to receive the honour. The Pritzker jury announced that Doshi “has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends”, and noted his “deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture”.

Style

Doshi says that he has been inspired by historic Indian monuments, as well as the work of European and American architects.

Awards

 

In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and as an academician, Doshi has received several international and national awards and honours.

Buildings