Balkrishna Doshi wins the 2022 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture
Balkrishna Doshi announced as recipient of coveted 2022 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture
Balkrishna Doshi has just been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2022 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. The coveted gong has been awarded to the established and widely acclaimed Indian architect through the RIBA and through the personal endorsement of Her Majesty The Queen. Balkrishna Doshi, who also won the 2018 Pritzker Prize and was interviewed in her Ahmedabad home by Wallpaper * in 2009, is one of the world’s most respected architects in his field.
âI am pleasantly surprised and deeply touched to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the hands of the Queen,â says Doshi. âWhat a great honor! The news of this award brought back memories of my work with Le Corbusier in 1953, when he had just received the news of the obtaining of the Royal Gold Medal. I clearly remember his enthusiasm for receiving this honor from Her Majesty. He told me metaphorically, âI wonder what the size and weight of this medal will be. Now, six decades later, I feel truly overwhelmed to receive the same award as my guru, Le Corbusier – in honor of my six decades of practice. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my wife, my daughters and especially my team and my collaborators at Sangath, my studio. ‘
Balkrishna Doshi. Photography: Pratik Gajjar
The Royal Gold Medal for Architecture is awarded to an architect or a studio once a year, in recognition of their overall achievement and work. Doshi has been prolific, with works spanning decades and mixing global and local traditions. Examples include Shreyas Comprehensive School Campus (1958 – 63), Ahmedabad, India; Atira Guest House (1958), Ahmedabad, social housing; the Institute of Indology (1962), Ahmedabad, a building to house rare documents; Ahmedabad School of Architecture (1966, with additions until 2012 and renamed CEPT University in 2002), which focused on creating spaces for collaborative learning; Tagore Hall & Memorial Theater (1967), a brutalist 700-seat auditorium in Ahmedabad; Premabhai Hall (1976), Ahmedabad, India, a theater and auditorium; Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (1977 – 1992), a business school; Sangath (1981), the studio of his architectural firm, Vastu Shilpa.
âIt was an honor and a pleasure to chair the committee in selecting Balkrishna Doshi as the 2022 Royal Gold Medalist. At 94, he has influenced generations of architects through his exquisitely thoughtful architecture. Influenced by his time spent in Le Corbusier’s cabinet, his work is nonetheless that of an original and independent thinker – capable of undoing, remaking and evolving. In the 20th century, when technology enabled many architects to build regardless of local climate and tradition, Balkrishna remained closely linked to its hinterland: its climate, new and old technologies and craftsmanship, âsaid Simon Allford, President of RIBA. âBalkrishna Doshi’s outstanding contribution to the art of architecture, construction crafts and the practice of urban design makes him the most deserving recipient of this award and I look forward to seeing him receive the medal next year. “Â§