Mr. Doshi. . . .Father of Indian Architecture


Meet Mr. Doshi, known as the Father of Indian Architecture.  For Americans, that makes him the  Frank Lloyd Wright of Indian architecture.   Mr. Doshi was the dean of the CEPT Architecture School for 20 years and designed the wonderful campus where we spent 3 months of our time in India.  It is perfect for an Indian site, all open to the sun and air. There are some problems during monsoons as the monkeys seek shelter in the studios! I had intended to write on stairs, ancient and contemporary, but skipped over the ancient use of steps in Ahmedabad and concentrated on Doshi’s  use of steps to change levels, move from level to level and what’s more evident to me as a gathering place for students, faculty and visitors to have lunch, a lecture or just a friendly chat!




Stairs up to the studios. . . . .


Influence of stairs from  Corb in the Mill Owners’  Building?


Mr. Doshi was the guest critic for husband’s  students’ final review and  it was held in the Mill Owner’s Building!  He is an amazing man, still designing, running his firm and he is 86 years  young and looks just as he does in these photos  with dark hair and smooth skin! He is agile and very alert giving the students constructive but kind critiques. A great advertisement of living the Indian lifestyle .   He described  several of the students projects as beautiful.  That was a morning we will always remember.

The story I want to leave you  with is an example of the Indian spirit which we found to be so amazing.  Mr. Doshi is a very talented architect as I mentioned before. He has an international reputation not just a national one with awards and university chairs to prove it.   Plans were progressing for the huge project of the Institute of Indian Management in Ahmedabad, a project most architects would be thrilled to  design and lead, but the lead designer had not been chosen.  Mr. Doshi was approached and told that the financial backers wanted him, Mr. Doshi to be the lead  architect.  He graciously thanked the group but said he thought that Lousi Kahn, an American architect with whom he had worked would be the best choice. He said it would be honored to work with and under Mr. Kahn !  I have known lots of architects and was shocked to  hear this story. I have never known any architect who would have turned down this once in a lifetime project. Mr. Kahn was the designer and Mr. Doshi took the lessor postion to oversee the project  as he had worked  under LeCorbusier and his Indian projects.  Mr. Doshi so exhibits the modest , unassuming, gracious, encouraging  Indian man who doesn’t live  to glorify his ego. But works to make others succeed and to make the world a better place for us all.  Amdavad_ni_gufa

This curious looking installation, the gufa,  is part of CEPT. It is  used as a posting space for projects or just an interesting place for the students to relax. Notice the stairs. . . .


Meet Mr. Doshi from the following YouTube video.

Namaste. . .  . . .This Is The Father of Indian Architecture!

Photos are from Google Images Public Domain

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Mr. Doshi. . . .Father of Indian Architecture

  1. AngieG9 says:

    He seems almost to be a modern day Ghandi, giving others the credit while staying behind the spotlight. And he certainly doesn’t look his age. A wonderful story my friend.


  2. I inadvertently used your handle as a title for one of my posts. I didn’t realize until much later. I’m so sorry.


  3. gabbartrip says:

    nice! thanks for sharing!


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