B.V. Doshi: Winner of Royal Gold Medal 2022

Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi has been conferred with the prestigious Royal Gold Medal 2022. This award is said to be one of the world’s highest honours that one can receive in the field of architecture.

Who presented this award to B.V. Doshi?

Simon Allford who is the president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presented this award to B.V. Doshi at his residence in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Why is this medal awarded?

This award is presented to recognize a lifetime’s work of an individual that had a significant impact on advancing the field of architecture. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom personally approves this prestigious medal.

What are some of the famous works of B.V. Doshi?

He has worked on 100 projects that include educational facilities, cultural buildings, housing developments, etc. Some of his important projects include:

  • Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Ahmedabad School of Architecture
  • Aranya Low-Cost Housing
  • Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur
  • Tagore Hall and Memorial Theatre, Ahmedabad
  • NIFT Delhi

In which year did he receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize?

In the year 2018, he became the first Indian to be conferred with the Pritzker Architecture Prize. This award is said to be the Noble Prize for architecture. After receiving the Royal Gold Medal, he becomes the first Indian and very few from across the globe to have received both prizes.

When was B.V. Doshi conferred the Padma Bhushan?

He was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Indian central government in the year 2020. It is the country’s third-highest civilian award.

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