B. V. Doshi Wiki & Biography
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8th March 2018: In the field of architecture, to be honored as the ‘Laureate of the Pritzker Prize’ is considered to be the highest honor for an architect in the world. At the age of 90, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi becomes the first Indian architect to be conferred with architecture’s most illustrious award – 2018 ‘Laureate of the Pritzker Prize’. His visionary architectural design creations have given an indelible stature to various cities of India.
Balkrishna Doshi is the 45th architect in the world and the first Indian architect, who has been honored with the Pritzker Prize. He is considered to be one of India’s most influential 20th Century architects of all time. For 70 long years, he has been shaping major Indian cities with his design creations. His Guru is none other than the legendary architect Le Corbusier.
“My works are an extension of my life, philosophy, and dreams trying to create a treasury of the architectural spirit. I owe this prestigious prize to my guru, Le Corbusier. His teachings led me to question identity and compelled me to discover new regionally adopted contemporary expression for a sustainable holistic habitat,” Doshi, as he is fondly known among his circle of close friends and relatives, stated after being informed about the prestigious award’s announcement.
A jury, including Richard Rogers, Sejima Kazuyo, Glenn Murcutt and Martha Thorne awarded the Pritzker Prize to Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi. The Pritzker citation reads: