This year’s Pritzker Prize went to Balkrishna Doshi
The Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi is primarily known for his social housing work, such as the Aranya housing project in Indore. Today, the 1989 housing project houses over 80,000 people across 6,500 residences. On March 7, 2018, Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the Hyatt Foundation that sponsors the prestigious Pritzker Prize, announced that this year’s award would go to Doshi. Well-known previous Laureates include, amongst others, iconic architects like Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, and Renzo Piano.
The 45th Pritzker Prize focuses on social architecture
Besides design aspects, Doshi also incorporates social, ecological, and economic dimensions in his work. His creations are considered sustainable architecture. What the Jury says about Doshi is: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or following trends”. He has a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people with high-quality, authentic architecture.
Projects of the Laureate Balkrishna Doshi
With the 45th Pritzker Prize awarded to Doshi, the trend to honour architects that show social and ecological responsibility clearly continues: in 2014, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban received the prize, and then in 2016 the Chilean Alejandro Aravena, who is also dedicated to the social aspects of architecture.
Influenced by contemporary classics
In his acceptance speech, Balkrishna Doshi dedicated the distinction to his “guru” Le Corbusier, with whom he collaborated and whose works strongly influenced his own. Doshi has also been influenced by the contemporary classics of the West. However, at the same time, his work integrates the eastern culture. The Pritzker Architecture Prize, which includes 100,000 US Dollars, was bestowed on the Laureate at an award ceremony on the 16th May 2018 in the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.
The most prestigious architectural prize increasingly goes to architects that emphasize socially responsible and sustainable building – What do you think of this development? We look forward to receiving your comments.