Meet a truly amazing architect whom we have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to. He is a gentle , kind, humble man who is known as the “Father of Indian Architecture.” He is 88 years old and an excellent advertisement for the Indian lifestyle. He is spry in body and mind. He will be on the final jury of this semester at the Mill Owners’ Building for the students we have with us. He gave dbell that honor being one of his critics last time and the students will never forget his directing, helpful but always encouraging advice. He is a teacher.
Two stories I think best show this man’s heart is the humility he showed years ago when he was offered the commission for IIM , Indian Institute of Management here in Ahmadabad. He said, he was not worthy of such an honor and suggested Louis Kahn his American friend. He said he would be his Indian connection and they would work together. Architects are known for their egos, but this gentle soul is just that. . . . a tremendously talented architect who is first and formost a gentle Indian soul.
We spent the afternoon with him over the weekend. When I name was menitoned, Mr. Doshi would say something such as “He is very polite or He is very kind.” Never once did he put his value on “He is a great designer!”
This Is Incredible India !