Who Was Balkrishna Doshi?

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, one of the architects of modern India, at the age of 95. He passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10:30 am, leaving behind a legacy of immense contribution to the development of India’s architectural discourse, and making India proud with the Royal Gold Medal in May 2022 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize in Architecture).

The news of his sudden death came as a shock to the entire country, including his colleagues. Architectural Digest India took to their Instagram account to pay tribute to the great architect, saying, “A master of form and light, Doshi left an enduring legacy. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a true inspiration to the people of this country. His contribution to architecture, art, life, culture, and philosophy will always be remembered.”

Balkrishna Doshi was born in 1927 in Pune, Maharashtra, and was educated at the JJ School of Architecture. He worked with Le Corbusier as a senior designer in Paris from 1951 to 1954 and oversaw various projects in Ahmedabad. He was also part of a team that worked with Louis Kahn to establish the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and later co-founded his own practice Vastushilpa in 1956 with two other architects.

Throughout his career, he worked on several projects in India, such as Shreyas Comprehensive School Campus, Atira Guest House Low-Rent Housing, Institute of Indology, Tagore Concert Hall, Memorial Theatre, Ahmedabad Institute of Architecture, and more. His work in Ahmedabad was widely praised for its structure and structure.

For his service to the country, he was awarded the Order of Padmasambhava and the Order of Guru Rinpoche. He will be fondly remembered and his family will always remember him. We pay our respects to the late architect and his life-long commitment to his craft.

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