Pritzker Prize 2018 to Balkrishna Doshi

Balkrishna Doshi is known for his work in sustainable architecture

Balkrishna Doshi

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20 December 2018

The Pritzker Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of architecture. In 2018 the winner of the Pritzker Prize was the Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi. Balkrishna Doshi is known for his work in sustainable architecture and his focus on designing affordable housing for low-income people in India. His attention to humanistic architecture and commitment to improving the quality of life through architectural design have earned him recognition with this prestigious award.

Balkrishna Doshi was born on August 26, 1927 in Pune, India. Doshi studied architecture at Sir J.J. School of Architecture. of Bombay and later worked with Le Corbusier in Paris. This experience influenced his architectural approach and his interest in modern and functional design.

Pritzker Prize 2018 a Balkrishna Doshi
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Doshi is known for designing a wide range of buildings, from homes to educational and cultural institutions. His work is characterized by the integration of architecture with the environment and local culture. He founded his own architectural firm, Vastushilpa Consultants, and has made a significant mark in Indian and global architecture.


In Aranya, only a small sample of 80 model homes, of load-bearing brick on a concrete base with plastered and painted walls, were built in 1989 to start the development.

The architect designed only a series of ingredients to appropriate, giving residents the language and space to “improve their lives”. Growth is planned but informal, confined by the master plan’s hierarchy of built forms and open spaces and held together by a network of infrastructure lines.

Aranya low-cost housing, Indore
Aranya low-cost housing, Indore

While purchasing a home doesn’t automatically make it yours, the moment you give them ownership, you give them the foundation of their home.”

Simultaneously and almost inevitably, once the residents move out, the project no longer belongs to the architect. “Physically, financially, intellectually – it’s theirs,” Doshi says. Plots were initially on a first-come, first-served basis, but as word spread, applicants had to participate in a lottery system.

Doshi is one of the few Indian architects to have received this prestigious award. His work continues to have an important influence on contemporary architecture.

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