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Dr B V Doshi, Sangath, Ahmedabad, India

Padmashree Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, known across the world as an architect, an urban planner, an academician, an institution builder and a mentor, was born in Pune, Maharashtra in August 1927 and studied architecture from Sir J J School of Architecture, Mumbai. Doshi comes from a lineage of carpenters and furniture makers in a joint family in Pune from where his larger sense of community life is derived. Doshi worked with Le Corbusier in Paris from 1951-54, stayed shortly in Chandigarh where he worked on the High Court and the unbuilt Governor’s palace and later went to Ahmedabad to supervise Corbusier’s projects in the city. In a career that spanned across 62 years, Doshi has been instrumental in changing the discourse of architecture in post-independent India including the initiation of CEPT- Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad. Doshi believes that life and within it architecture is a consequence of instinct and fate along with the diligence and frugality of an architect. He also established the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design and his studio called Sangath, both repositories of knowledge, within barrel vaulted buildings and an elaborately landscaped complex reflecting his sensibilities in climatology, human experience, scale and proportions. His work has been the object of appreciation, admiration, debate and criticism over the years. Nevertheless, the mark he has left on South Asian architecture in undeniable. An architect anchored by experiences his perspectives, are diverse ranging from modernist and urbanist to cultural and mythical.

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