Balkrishna Doshi, Pritzker Prize 2018


The Hyatt Foundation awarded the Pritzker Prize 2018 to Balkrishna Doshi, master and teacher of several generations of Indian architects, aside from link between modernity in Europe and modernity in India. Born in Pune in 1927 and trained with Le Corbusier, Doshi also admired the powerful and ‘speaking’ architecture of Louis Kahn, and from both masters he extracted an energetic and pragmatic repertoire which evolved gradually into a freer organicism more attentive to the material culture and to the socioeconomic conditions of India. This at once expressive and social organicism is reflected in essential works like the Aranya Low Cost Housing, built in Indore in 1989, or like the building considered by critics to be essential in his career, the Indian Institute of Management, raised in Bangalore between 1977 and 1992. Doshi’s outstanding career as architect must be assessed along with his also outstanding work as professor and manager. He has founded and directed key institutions committed with modernity, such as the School of Architecture and Planning of Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Management, among others.

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