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Doshi wins the highest honor in architecture - The Pritzker Architecture prize 2018
"Every object around us, and nature itself—lights, sky, water and storm—everything is in a symphony and this symphony is what architecture is all about." - Balkrishna Doshi
Noted Indian architect, Professor Balkrishna Doshi has been named as the 2018 Pritzker Prize Winner - the architecture's most prestigious honour. He is credited for his design of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Indian Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad and a number of cultural spaces.
Professor Balkrishna Doshi was born in Pune, India on August 26, 1927 into a family that had been involved in furniture industry for two generations. At a very young age, he displayed a passion for art. He began his architecture studies in 1947, the year India gained independence, at the Sir J.J . School of Architecture Bombay (Mumbai), the oldest and one of the foremost institutions for architecture in India.
An architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been influential in curating the course of architecture throughout India and internationally. Of the tremendous range of completed buildings, which include institutions, mixed-use complexes, housing projects, public spaces, galleries, and private residences, his design explores the relationships between basic needs of the human life, connectivity to self and culture and understanding of social traditions, within the context of a place and its environment, through a subtle response to modernism. His architecture is both poetic and functional - influenced by the masters of 20th-century architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, he has been able to portray architecture and his works that respect eastern culture while enhancing the quality of living in India. A retrospective of his works, "Celebrating Habitat: The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary," opened at the National Gallery of Modern Arts, Delhi, India (2014), before traveling to the Power Station of Art Shanghai, China, (2017).
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Pritzker Prize was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979 - granted annually and is often referred to as "architecture's Nobel" and the "profession's highest honor". The award consists of $100,000 and a bronze medallion. The official ceremony granting the award takes place every year usually in May. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has been selected as the venue for this year's ceremony.
"My works are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create 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," said Doshi. He continues, "with all my humility and gratefulness I want to thank the Pritzker Jury for this deeply touching and rewarding recognition of my work. This reaffirms my belief that, 'life celebrates when lifestyle and architecture fuse.'"
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