Balkrishna Doshi, a master of the contemporary architectural culture

by Web Staff

Compasses Magazine

Balkrishna Doshi, a master of contemporary architecture, passed away at the age of 95. Through his works, teachings and writings, he defined a way of thinking and doing architecture that would influence several generations to come.

It was a dense career that alternated between professional activity, in which he worked on large-scale projects down to the smallest detail, and academic activity, which he carried out intensively in the classrooms of the Faculty of Architecture that he founded.

Born in 1927 in Pune, India, Balkrishna Doshi began his architectural training in 1947 at the Sir J.J. School of Architecture Bombay, one of India’s most ambitious schools. His travels to London and Paris brought him into contact with the architectural masters of the time. From 1951 to 1954, he worked alongside Le Corbusier, with whom he collaborated on several Indian projects, including the plan for Chandigarh. About ten years later, he met the master Louis Kahn. They worked together on the design for the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. It was an event that marked the development of his personality and his career.

He received numerous awards and honours, but it was not until 2018 that he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a prize that, as the jury stated during the award ceremony, honours “exceptional architecture, reflected in the more than one hundred buildings he has completed, his commitment and dedication to his country and the communities he has served, his influence as a teacher, and the relevant example he has set for professionals and students around the world throughout his long career”.

Photo credits

1_Balkrishna-Vithaldas-Doshi-Indian-Institute-of-Management-Bangalore-1977-92-uno-dei-passaggi-interni_Courtesy-of-Vastushilpa-Foundation-Ahmedabad © Vinay Panjwani
2_ Balkrishna-Doshi-al-Sangath-Architect’s-Studio-Ahmedabad-1980-© Iwan Baan
3_Balkrishna-Vithaldas-Doshi-Sangath-Architect’s-Studio-Ahmedabad-1980 © Iwan-Baan
4_Balkrishna-Vithaldas-Doshi-Aranya-Low-Cost-Housing-Indore-1989-una-strada-del-quartiere-di-edilizia-sociale_Courtesy-of-Vastushilpa-Foundation-Ahmedabad

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