Balkrishna Doshi recipient of the Royal Gold Medal 2022

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Renowned Indian Architect Balkrishna Doshi received the Royal Gold Medal 2022 by RIBA. Granted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the recognition «is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture».

In the words of Simon Allford (RIBA’s President): «Balkrishna Doshi’s outstanding contribution to the art of architecture, the craft of construction and the practice of urban design establish him as a most deserving recipient of this award».

Balkrishna Doshi (1927) has born in Pune, India, and studied architecture at the J J School of Architecture in Bombay. Between 1951 and 1954, he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris as a Senior Designer. He also collaborated with Louis Kahn for a decade, working on some of the projects that Kahn developed in India. He started his own studio called Vastushilpa in collaboration with other two architects back in 1956. The studio has been working on such great projects like the Shreyas Comprehensive School Campus, the Indian Institute of Management campus, the  School of Architecture, CEPT University, the Aranya Low Cost Housing, among many others. Balkrishna Doshi won the Pritzker Prize in 2018, among other recognitions.

The 2022 Royal Gold Medal selection committee was formed by:

– Simon Allford (President RIBA)

– Sir David Adjaye OBE

– Alison Brooks

– Kate Cheyne

– Gus Casely-Hayford OBE

After receiving this prestigious award, Doshi said: «I am pleasantly surprised and deeply humbled to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the Queen of England. What a great honour! The news of this award brought back memories of my time working with Le Corbusier in 1953 when he had just received the news of getting the Royal Gold Medal»

Here you can find the official announcement of the RIBA Gold Medal 2022.

We congratulate Balkrishna Doshi for this wonderful award. All the images used in this article are courtesy of RIBA.

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