Setting unparalleled benchmarks of excellence, the KOHLER Bold
Design Awards is nothing short of an arena that has witnessed
stalwarts from the field of architecture and design contend for
the coveted Golden Pencil. Famed across the globe for their
treasure trove of impeccable design sensibilities, creations and
projects, the KBDA has acknowledged and accoladed India’s finest
architects and interior designers over the last two editions.
Since its inception, the KBDA strives to applaud and grant a podium like no other to the crème de la crème in the field of design and innovation. To ensure this, a jury of eminent international and Indian architects and designers will select the most outstanding projects. The Golden Pencil isn't made of wood and lead but of steel and gold. And while it may not draw on paper it demarcates the ordinary from the sublime. The KBDA is making a comeback after four long years that have taught us immense lessons and learnings in the way we lead our lives. In the light of new awakenings, renewed thought-processes that focus upon multifaceted aspects will have the Golden Pencil outline their exemplary achievements.
The KBDA celebrates the futuristic vision of designers and architects who can inspire others and establish a culture of design that is thought-provoking. Immortalising the winners, The Golden Pencil will etch their names in letters of gold within history books.
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi is an Indian architect and a significant name in the evolution of architectural discourse who has pioneered in modernist and brutalist architecture while keeping it relevant to the Indian context. Commencing his architectural journey with education at Sir J. J. School of Architecture in Mumbai, Doshi proceeded to London in 1950 and worked with Le Corbusier—one of the masters of modern architecture. Returning back to the country and working in Le Corbusier’s atelier for the city of Chandigarh, Doshi adopted his formal vocabulary and attempted to incorporate it into his early works. With a focus on India’s past, spatial experiences and their significance for the built environment, his projects resonated with the Indian identity rather than the design motifs that had intrigued the British. Some of the many noteworthy projects of the architect are FLAME University, IIM Bangalore, IIM Udaipur, NIFT Delhi, Amdavad ni Gufa, CEPT University and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore. He is awarded with two of India’s highest civilian awards: Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.