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Dr. Balkrishna Doshi -     Sr. Partner 
 
Dr. Balkrishna Doshi, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of  Architects  was born in Pune in 1927

After initial study at the J J School of Architecture, Bombay, he worked for four years in India to supervise his projects in Ahmedabad. His office Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design) was established in 1955.

Dr. Doshi has been a member of the Jury for several international and national competitions including the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Apart from his international fame as an architect, Dr. Doshi is equally known as educator and institution builder. He has been the first Director of School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1962-72), first founder Director of School of Planning (1972-79), first founder member Dean of Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (1972-81), founder member of Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad and first founder Director of Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad. Dr.Doshi has been instrumental in establishing the nationally and internationally known research institute Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design. The institute has done pioneering work in low cost housing and city planning.

As an academician, Dr.Doshi has been visiting the U.S.A. and Europe since 1958 and has held important chairs in American Universities.

In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and as an academician, Dr.Doshi has received several International and National  and honors. Amongst them the following are notable.
 

International Fellow of the Graham Foundation for Advanced  
Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, U.S.A. 
1985-59 
Hon. Fellow, American Institute of Architects, U.S.A.  
Padmashree, Government of India
1971
Pan Pacific Architectural Citation, Hawaii Chapter of the  
American Institute of Architects
1981
Dean Emeritus, Centre for Environmental Planning &  
Technology, Ahmedabad 
1984 
Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture, University of  
Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 
1984 
Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, Ahmedabad 
1987 
M.B Achwal Memorial Gold Medal instituted by Indian 
Institute of Architects 
1988 
Chicago Architecture Award by the Illinois Council/ American Institute of Architects and Architectural Record, U.S.A. 
  1988 
Great Gold Medal for Architecture, Academy of Architecture, 
Paris
 1988 
Gold Medal instituted by Indian Institute of Architects
1988
Vishwa Gurjari Award 
1988
Academician, International Academy of Architecture, Bulgaria 
1989
Hon. Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 
1990
Project Award for Excellence in Architecture by Journal of the  
Indian Institute of Architects 
1991
Special Award for Excellence in Architecture by Journal of the  
Indian Institute of Architects 
1992
Architect of the Year Award instituted by J K Cements
1992
Great Masterís Award instituted by J K Cements
1994
Member, International Committee for preparing International  
Charter on the Education of Architects- sponsored by 
International Union of Architects in association with UNESCO
1995
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 
1995
Member of the 1998 Award Steering Committee, Aga Khan  
For Architecture 
1996
 
A book describing the works and thoughts of Balkrishna Doshi title Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for India by Dr. William Curtis was released through Mapin International in 1987. The book was awarded a silver medal at the International Book Fair at Barcelona.
 
 
 
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