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Arch Profile – What You Didn’t Know About the Indian Architect

The life of this famous Indian architect is gaining more recognition after his career was brought into the spotlight this year. After winning the most known prize in the architecture field, thanks to all his contribution to preserve his heritage and traditions, Doshi has become almost a superstar in his hometown.

His work reflects his life, as a lot of influences from abroad are combined with a twist of Indian culture and lots of traditions.

Coming from a poor country, he decided to enrich and enlightened his traditions and found the way to express everything he feels for his land and its people, in his buildings. We will tell you his story.

His Life Story

Balkrishna Doshi, “the Indian architect”, turned 91 years old this past August, becoming a long-lived character in the field of architecture.

Doshi has a dual citizenship. Having been born in Pune, India, he obtained the Indian nationality and the British Raj. At the time of his birth, Pune was under the command of the British government, which gave him his dual citizenship.

At the end of his studies in architecture in Bombay, Doshi traveled to France to work in the studio Le Corbusier in Paris for three years.

Then he returned to supervise the projects that the studio was running in India, and collaborated with Anant Raje and Louis Kahn, who were also developing projects in the area.

What Does It Mean To Him

Doshi thought that architecture, the connection with the city, its landscape, and all the relationship the building has with its surroundings, are all inseparable from one another. Among the things he ended up internalizing while with Le Corbusier was his wish to reunite their more “industrial” approach with big spaces full of light, as they wanted a grandiose spectacle.

Also, contrary to his contemporaries’ ways, Doshi didn’t want to use standing objects and he favored the usage of the spaces between them. This gave his work a different approach.

Doshi plays an important role from the point of view of education in India. He has contributed to the implementation of the schools of architecture, visual arts, environmental technology and planning of the University of Ahmedabad, as well as the Kanoria Center for Arts in the same university.

His work in education didn’t only take place in India, where he held the position of headmaster at the architecture school. His teaching has also led him to work in the United States and Europe.

An Awarded Professional

Doshi has several awards, in recognition of his work and career in different countries, such as India, France, and Canada.

However, this year he won the Pritzker Prize, the biggest architecture-related award in the whole world, for his commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life in his country. Doshi, while spreading all his architectural knowledge through his building, and sending his message across the entire nation, became a well-known person in India, thanks to his willingness to preserve his roots.

He has been able to get architecture and transform it into buildings that respect the oriental culture while improving the quality of life in India.

The history of this renowned architect continues. His participation in Indian education will make his contribution to his culture transcend beyond his years of life. As well as his contributions to Indian architecture, preserving its cultural history, and making it of great value for this nation.