90-years-old Indian Architect and Educator Balkrishan Doshi won the prestigious 2018 Pritzker Prize for his pioneer work in low-cost housing. By doing so, he became the first Indian to win the honor in its 40-year history.
Tom Pritzker of the Chicago based Hyatt Foundation announced the award on Wednesday. The Jury said,” Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends.”
They also added that Doshi,” constantly demonstrates that all good architecture and urban planning must not only unite purpose and structure but must take into account climate, site, technique, and craft, along with a deep understanding and appreciation of the context in the broadest sense.”
Doshi thanked the jury and said that his works are an extension of his life, philosophy, and dream trying to create a treasury of the architectural spirit.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi posted a tweet to congratulate him.
Doshi will be awarded $100,000 prize money at a ceremony in Toronto in May.
Doshi studied architecture from the famous Sir JJ School of Architecture in Mumbai. In 1950, he traveled to Paris to work for the Franco-Swiss pioneer, Le Corbusier. He came back to India in 1954.
His wide range of works includes institutions, housing projects, galleries, public spaces and private residences. He designed a management school in Bangalore and a well-known low-cost housing scheme in Indore. The lower housing scheme is a home to some 80,000 middle-income people.
He has also worked with Louis Kahn, another giant among 20th Century modernists.
Previous winners include Sydney’s Opera House designer, Jorn Utzon, British-Iraqi designer, Zaha Hadid and Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil.