Talks Porosity, Paradox, Practice" - In Conversation with Doshi

"Porosity, Paradox, Practice" - In Conversation with Doshi

Moderator: Rajeev Lochan(Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi)

Guests:Balkrishna Doshi(Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects )

                     Khushnu Panthaki Hoof (Curator of Doshi Exhibition)

Language:English(Chinese Simultaneous Interpretation)

Advanced booking of the panel discussion is required via website.


▲Indian Institute of Management(IIM),Bangalore,1977 - 1997,©Vinay Panjwani

Lecture Introduction

We see this dialogue as a platform for sharing ideas about the spatial manifestation of architecture and settlements in the Indian ethos. Porosity talks about the permeability of the environment Prof. Doshi has been exposed to, his time with Le Corbusier & Louis Kahn, his Indian roots, his learnings and finally their influence on his works.

Paradox expresses ambiguity as the essence of life & architecture in the larger context of India, his work & its significance in the world today. It talks about a dialogue with space, where architecture is a backdrop. It further talks about how myths & memories shape our architectural journey inwardly & outwardly to rediscover ourselves.

Practice demonstrates the integration of knowledge and understanding in the field of education and work environment. It finally leads to the inner search for the holistic habitat as an anthropocentric space through myths, memories & associations. Where designing spaces is like creating communities and working means sharing feelings resulting into unexpected formations or experiences. Melange of the fundamental learnings from porosity, paradox and practice - ‘Celebrating Habitat’


Panelists Introduction

Balkrishna Doshi

Prof. 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 August 26th, 1927.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. He was also associated with LOUIS KAHN as the local architect for IIM in ahmedabad, which indeed is an architectural landmark. His office Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design) was established in 1955.Prof. 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 Pritzker Prize. Apart from his international fame as an architect, Prof. Doshi is equally known as educator and institution builder. He has been the first founder Director of School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1962-72), first founder Director of School of Planning (1972-79), first founder 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. Prof. 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, Prof. 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, Prof. Doshi has received several international and national awards and honours.

Khushnu Panthaki Hoof

Khushnu Panthaki Hoof graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture, CEPT University. She is a partner architect at Vastu Shilpa Consultants since 2003 and the Associate Director & Trustee at the Vastu Shilpa Foundation for studies & research in Environmental Design.

Introduction of Host

Rajeev Lochan

Prof.  (Dr.) Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, has been at the helm of affairs since 2001. He has extensively lectured at several important universities and forums both in India and abroad. His tenure as Director has organized approximately 133 exhibitions out of which 38 international Exhibitions were organized both under Cultural Exchange Programme with various countries. Celebrating architecture as a creative discipline, the NGMA also mounted exhibitions of eminent architects such as Balkrishna V. Doshiand Raj Rewal.  It was under the tenure of Prof. Rajeev Lochan that the institution took up the role of a cultural centre and has fast become a hub for cultural activity in the city of Delhi. A life time achievement award has been awarded by the Omani Art Academy in Oman.