Foremost among the modern Indian architects, Dr. Balkrishna Doshi is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architect and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. After initial study at the J J School of Architecture, Bombay, he worked for four years with Le Corbusier as Senior Designer (1951-54) in Paris and four more 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, Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Pritzker Prize. Apart from his international fame as an architect, Dr. Doshi is equally known as an educator and institution builder. He has been the first Founder Director of School of Architecture (1962-72) and School of Planning (1972-79), 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. As an academician, Dr. Doshi has been visiting the U.S.A. and Europe since 1958 and has held important chairs at American universities. In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and as an academician, Dr. Doshi has received several international and national awards and honors. As a leading architect of India, has to his credit outstanding projects ranging from dozens of townships and several educational campuses, which include those for CEPT University Ahmedabad, NIFT New Delhi and IIM Bangalore. His distinguished professional career is more than matched by his academic achievements as the first founder director of the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad started in 1962, which is regarded as both the pioneer and the fountainhead of modern architectural and planning education in India.
Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936), architect, professor emeritus, Helsinki. Practiced design first in collaboration with other architects, and in 1983-2012 through his office in Helsinki. He has held positions, such as Rector of the Institute of Industrial Design Helsinki, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology, and several visiting professorships in the USA, and taught and lectured in numerous universities in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury 2008-2014. Pallasmaa has published 50 books and 400 essays, articles and prefaces, and his writings have been translated into 35 languages. His widely known books include: The Embodied Image, The Thinking Hand, The Architecture of Image: existential space in cinema, and The Eyes of the Skin. He is honorary member of SAFA, AIA and RIBA, Academician of the International Academy of Architecture, and has received numerous Finnish and international awards and five Honorary Doctorates.
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