BV Doshi

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    Celebrated Indian architect Dr Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi has died at the age of 95.

    About BV Doshi

    • He was an urban planner and educator and was one of the most distinguished Indian minds in the world of architecture.
    • In the modern architecture that emerged in India after Independence, he epitomised the more artistic or romantic approach

    Works and Projects 

    • His works ranged from small houses, institutional buildings and offices to large housing projects, campuses, and townships. 
    • Many of his projects, such as the School of Architecture at CEPT, the Institute of Indology, Hussain Doshi Gufa, his own office called Sangath, his own home and Tagore Hall have become iconic.
    • His style of architecture — an amalgam of European modernist, brutalist architecture with Indian sensibilities — won many hearts.

    Awards and Honors 

    • He was conferred Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995.
    • He was awarded France’s highest honour for the arts, the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, in 2011.
    • In 2018, he received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of architecture, becoming the first Indian architect to receive the honour.
    • BV Doshi was conferred upon the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour in India, in 2020.
    • He won the gold medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2022.

    Literary Works

    • Paths Uncharted (2011),
    • Balkrishna Doshi: Writings on Architecture and Identity (2019), 
    • and Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People (2019). 

    Source: IE