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Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi Receives the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Balkrishna Doshi 
(Photo courtesy of VSF)
designed Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), which presently accommodates over 80,000 individuals through a system of houses, courtyards and a labyrinth of internal pathways Over 6,500 residences range from modest one-room units to spacious homes, accommodating low and middle-income residents Overlapping layers and transitional areas encourage fluid and adaptable living conditions, customary in Indian society.
Doshi ́s architecture is both poetic and functional The Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, 1977-1992), inspired by traditional maze-like Indian cities and temples, is organized as interlocking buildings, courts and galleries It also provides a variety of spaces protected from the hot climate. The scale of masonry and vast corridors infused with a campus of greenery allow visitors to be simultaneously indoors and outdoors As people pass through the buildings and spaces, Doshi invites them to experience their surroundings and also suggests the possibility of transformation.
The 2018 Jury Citation states, in part: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others ” The Jury continues, “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability”.
His studio, Sangath (Ahmedabad, 1980), translates to “moving together ” The placement of communal spaces, including a garden and outdoor amphitheater, highlights Doshi’s regard for collaboration and social responsibility Vaulted roofs, porcelain mosaic tile coverings, grassy areas, and sunken spaces mitigate extreme heat The mosaic tile detail is echoed in the tortoise-shell inspired roof of Amdavad Ni Gufa (Ahmedabad, 1994), an undulating, cave-like, ferro-cement art gallery, positioned underground, featuring works of Maqbool Fida Husain.
Other notable works include academic institution Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University) (Ahmedabad, 1966-2012); cultural spaces such as Tagore Memorial Hall (Ahmedabad, 1967), the Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad, 1962), and Premabhai Hall (Ahmedabad, 1976); housing complexes Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan and Urban Design (Jaipur, 1984) and Life Insurance Corporation Housing or “Bima Nagar” (Ahmedabad, 1973); and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad, 1963), among many others.
“Every object around us, and nature itself—lights, sky, water and storm—everything is in a symphony,” explains Doshi “And this symphony is what architecture is all about My work is the story of my life, continuously evolving, changing and searching...searching to take away the role of architecture, and look only at life”.
Doshi is the 45th Pritzker Prize Laureate, and the first to hail from India The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accolade, and will take place at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, this May. The Laureate will present a public lecture, in partnership with the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto on May 16, 2018.
Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout... Read more »

The Obama Presidential Center finds its center in the South Side

Getting excited to attend two of five sessions in the public meeting: 
- Designing the Obama Presidential Campus: Buildings & Landscape - Inside the Obama Presidential Center: the Visitor Experience and Programming
On Tuesday, February 27th, I attended the public meeting to discuss the future of the Obama Presidential Center. There were five session topics offered and one of them piqued my interest the most: “Designing the Obama Presidential Campus: Buildings & Landscape”. The buildings in the Obama Presidential Campus are being designed by Todd Williams and... Read more »

Explore Virtual Practices to Make New History during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

An after-work session sponsored by the AIA Trust and the American Institute of Architects Practice Management Knowledge Community (AIA PMKC) will be held on November 9th at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, focusing how technology is impacting architectural practice—with an emphasis on how “virtual practice” is gaining popularity among various types of practitioners. The session... Read more »


Renowned Performer will be Awarded the Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award at the Festival. The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced today that film and theater legend Sir Patrick Stewart will be honored with the Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award. The award will be presented on October 25, 2017 at a special... Read more »

Filipino Americans Tackle Issue Of ‘Educational Downward Mobility’ And Select College Scholarship Winners At Gala Ball

Nicole Reyes knows what it’s like to search for money to pay for college. For years she’s filled out financial aid forms—an arduous process that she says frustrates most students and parents. “There was no warning or guidance from counselors and teachers,” says Reyes, “about navigating the complexity and difficulty of the application process.” Reyes... Read more »

Site-Specific Project Presented in Collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Navy Pier

CHICAGO – EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, in partnership with Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will present the highly-anticipated collaboration between renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and internationally-acclaimed architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang for Here Hear Chicago, a new work that incorporates art,... Read more »

High-Performing Materials featured at NeoCon show

This week, 50,000 design professionals are gathering in Chicago to see the latest products and prototypes at NeoCon. NeoCon offers an inside look at new trends transforming commercial design, such as enhancements in the offices of the future and the benefits of wellness-focused designs. As architects and interior designers imagine and create sleek, modern buildings... Read more »

The Future of Retail Design is Sweet

More than 800 companies exhibited both real candy and eye candy in the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo held on May 23rd through the 25th at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The annual show is hosted by the National Confectioners Association who featured candy and snack products in an array of eye-catching displays and technology innovations. “The... Read more »

Chicago, site of new TV sitcom to watch in 2017

“Chop Chop TV Show” is a hysterical, completely “American” themed sitcom, uniquely casted, and representing the perfection of millennial life – inclusive of race, culture and gender identities. The show launched through Chicago cable networks Comcast, XFinity, WOW, and RCN at Channel CBL25 on December 22, 2016 and can be viewed subsequently every Thursday evenings at... Read more »

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES: The Appointment of Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Architecture Firm Johnston Marklee as Artistic Directors of the 2017 Edition; the Appointment of Todd Palmer as Executive Director; Leadership Gifts From SC Johnson and BP 2017 Biennial; Dates and Alignment With Expo Chicago

CHICAGO (September 21, 2016) — The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today new leadership, funding, and dates for the second edition of the Biennial, to take place September 16—December 31, 2017. Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Los Angeles—based firm Johnston Marklee, which participated in the inaugural Biennial, have been... Read more »