New Delhi: Architect Balkrishna Doshi, known for his pioneering work in low-cost housing, has won this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize. Doshi, 90, is the first Indian to win the award, which is regarded as the highest honour in the field.
“Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends,” said the Pritzker jury. Over a career spanning six decades, Doshi became one of the most influential architects of post-independence India, fusing international modernist principles with local traditions.
The jury 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 in a statement that his works “are an extension of my life, philosophy and dreams trying to create treasury of the architectural spirit”. “Every object around us, and nature itself – lights, sky, water and storm – everything is in a symphony.”
He will be awarded $100,000 (£80,591) at a ceremony in Toronto in May. Previous winners of the coveted prize include Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House, Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil and the British-Iraqi designer, Zaha Hadid.