Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi is credited with designing some of the most iconic structures in the country. He was conferred with the Royal Gold Medal 2022, one of the world’s highest honors for architecture. Doshi is the only Indian and among a few globally awarded both the Royal Gold Medal and the Pritzker Architecture Award. He is often referred to as the Nobel Prize in architecture in their lifetime. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Queen Elizabeth II.
He is deeply humbled to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the Queen of England. The news brought back memories of his time working with Le Corbusier in 1953 and when he had just received the information about getting the Royal Gold Medal. Six decades later, he felt truly overwhelmed to be bestowed with the same award as his guru. Le Corbusier is honoring my six decades of practice.
RIBA President Simon Allford chaired the 2022 Honours Committee that selected the Royal Gold Medallist.
RIBA President Simon Allford chaired the 2022 Honours Committee that selected the Royal Gold Medallist—and comprised architects Alison Brooks and, last year’s Royal Gold Medal recipient Sir David Adjaye OBE, architect, and academic Kate Cheyne. And cultural historian and museum director Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford OBE. RIBA said, “It was an honor and a pleasure to chair the committee in selecting Balkrishna Doshi as the 2022 Royal Gold Medallist. At 94, he has influenced generations of architects through his delightfully purposeful architecture. Influenced by his time spent in the office of Le Corbusier, his work nevertheless is that of an original and independent thinker. His outstanding contribution to the art of architecture, the craft of construction, and urban design practice establish him as the most deserving recipient of this award.