IAHH Gold Medal 2017 to Prof. Balkrishna Doshi

N K S 01_140Prof. Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, was honoured with the 2nd IAHH Gold Medal 2017 at a special function organized in association with the Council of Architecture, Indian Institute of Architects- Gujarat Chapter and IIA Ahmedabad Centre. He was bestowed with the honour by International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) “for his life time contribution to architectural profession and education; inspiring and guiding humane habitat movement” said Prof. Anil Nagrath, Secretary General, IAHH. The function was hosted by Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai. Ar. Mihir Parikh, Chairman, IIA Gujarat Chapter, Ar. Pravin Patel, IIA Ahmedabad Centre and Ar. Girish Mistry, Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers & Architects expressed their gratitude to Prof. Doshi and narrated personal anecdotes.

Ar. Divya Kush, President, Indian Institute of Architects honoured Prof. B. V. Doshi with a shawl. He said Prof Doshi has made an outstanding contribution in the fields of architecture, urban planning and education. Ar. Vijay Garg, Vice President, Council of Architecture presented the Gold Medal plaque. He lauded the life-time contribution of Prof. Doshi in his quest for excellence in architecture and urbanism. Prof. B. V. Doshi was presented the IAHH Gold Medal by Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, founder president of IAHH and Director, Rizvi College of Architecture. He read the citation that traced the evolution of Prof. Doshi’s philosophy of architecture and planning and the key issues that Prof. Doshi addressed in this works and studies.

The Gold Medal was to be presented at the 19th International Conference on Humane Habitat (ICHH) in Mumbai on 3rd Feb 2017. However, since Prof. B. V. Doshi could not travel to Mumbai, a special function was organized at H. T. Parekh Convention Centre, Ahmedabad Management Association, Ahmedabad to honour Prof. B. V. Doshi. “It is an expression of love from his students and fellow architects” said Prof. Doshi.

Prof. Doshi said that “ our cities should celebrate public spaces with movement, chatter and transactions. We should aim at developing walkable cities with a network of social, public facilities and open spaces. Our cities maximize the use of mixed and hybrid time and energy saving transport systems. Only then we can claim that they are sustainable and humane.”

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“ Our society is homogenously heterogeneous. It encourages both formal and informal activities. It is an expression of unity in diversity. We have a billion problems but we should transform them into a billion opportunities by empowering people.”“ The key issue is how to transform a house into a home when one is designing hundreds of houses. Each family has a distinctive life-style and is unique. This should find expression in the architecture and community building.”

“He is the only Indian architect who has creatively challenged the modern architecture to take it to a much higher level. His architecture needs to be studied and understood.” said Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya. “His life-time contribution in the field of education needs to be emulated” said Ar. Miki Desai from Ahmedabad. “He is Bhisma Pitamah of Indian Architecture” said Ar. Y. D. Mistry from Vadodara. Prof. Peter Rich, Johannesburg, South Africa; Architect Martina Spies from Vienna, Austria and Prof. Pradnya Chauhan, Mumbai appreciated the immense contribution made by Prof. B. V. Doshi.

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A large gathering of architects, planners, urban designers, landscape designers, engineers, educators and students, was moved by an emotional response by Prof. Balkrishna V. Doshi. Ar. Mohin Merchant, Principal In charge of Rizvi College of Architecture thanked all the dignitaries and participants for making the special function most memorable. “ Meeting Prof. Doshi in person for the first time was an inspiring and moving experience. I was destined to meet him on this special day.“ said Ar. Ejaz Kashmiri, Vice Principal, Rizvi College of Architecture. It was a great experience and once in a life-time opportunity” said a student from Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai. Students from Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Kalol attended the function in large numbers.

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Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Founder President, IAHH &Director, Rizvi College of Architecture

Prof. Mohin Merchant,  I/C Principal, Rizvi College of Architecture

Mumbai, Feb 28, 2017