Balkrishna Doshi has just been named the 2018 Pritzker Prize Laureate. The prize is architecture’s most prestigious award, and it’s designed to heighten public awareness of outstanding architecture while encouraging greater creativity within the profession. Doshi is the first Indian architect to earn the award, according to ArchDaily. He will receive a bronze medallion and $100,000 in recognition of his contributions to the industry and humanity.
2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi has completed more than 100 projects, including multiple low-cost housing projects. In 1954, he said, “It seems I should take an oath and remember it for my lifetime: to provide the lowest class with the proper dwelling.” He also worked on projects such as the Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board in Jabalpur.
Past winners include Shigeru Ban, Alejandro Aravena, and Zaha Hadid, to name a few. The 2017 prize went to RCR Arquitectes, a relatively unknown firm in Catalonia at the time. The purpose of the prize, according to the website, is “to honor a living architect or architects whose work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”