The world’s top architecture prize went to Balkrishna Doshi, an Indian architect and urban planner known for designing low-cost housing.
“It is a very wonderful thing that happened,” Doshi told the New York Times after winning the 2018 Pritzker Prize, becoming the 45th laureate and the first architect from India to receive the coveted award. Doshi’s work is at the forefront of community-conscious, low-cost housing, driven by a belief that architecture should serve the public good rather than the demands of a single client. Doshi worked with Le Corbusier in the 1950s, overseeing several buildings that were part of the Swiss architect’s radical urban plan for the Indian city of Chandigarh. In his work, Doshi draws upon traditional Indian architecture, such as for the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (1977–92), which was “inspired by traditional, mazelike temple cities in southern India,” according to the Times. Vastushilpa Consultants, the private practice Doshi founded in 1956, has worked on over 100 projects in total. Among the crowning achievements of the 90-year-old architect is the Aranya Community Housing in Indore, an affordable housing project designed to accommodate 80,000 residents, which features a series of interconnected homes and courtyards.