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Balkrishna Doshi — 2018 Pritzker Laureate

Balkrishna Doshi — 2018 Pritzker Laureate


“It seems I should take an oath and remember it for my lifetime: to provide the lowest class with the proper dwelling.” And he has in actual fact devoted 60 years to serving the common people. Doshi opened his own practice Sangath Architects in 1956, and has completed more than 100 major projects. The architect built most buildings in Ahmedabad: both social housing and public buildings.



Doshi also managed to work with great masters. After graduating from the School of Architecture in Mumbai, he moved to Europe where he got know Le Corbusier. Subsequently in India, in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad, he oversaw the construction of projects by the great modernist. And in the 1960s he worked with Louis Kahn – on the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 



In conclusion, the jury notes: “Balkrishina Doshi constantly demonstrates that all good architecture and urban planning must not only unite purpose and structure, but must also take into account climate, site, technique, and craft, along with a deep understanding and appreciation of the context in the broadest sense. 



Projects must go beyond the functional to connect with the human spirit through poetic and philosophical underpinnings.”


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