Balkrishna Doshi of India has won the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is the first from India to win architecture’s highest honor in the prize’s 40-year history.
The award was announced Wednesday by Tom Pritzker of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation.
Doshi has been an architect, urban planner, and educator for 70 years. The foundation called the 90-year-old’s work “poetic and functional,” and noted his ability to create works that both respect eastern culture and enhance quality of life in India.
Among Doshi’s achievements: the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, which accommodates over 80,000 people through a system of houses, courtyards and internal pathways.
Reached at home in Ahmedabad, Doshi says his life’s work has been “to empower the have-nots, the people who have nothing.”