SURFACES REPORTER (SR) congratulates veteran Architect Balkrishna Doshi who has been conferred with the Honorary membership of American Academy of Art and Letters, the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States. The notable architect is a part of the 33 members list who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its virtual award ceremony on May 19.
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Dr Doshi, in his distinguishable long career spanning almost seventy decades, has been conferred with numerous accreditations and accolades including the Pritzker Prize (known as the Nobel Prize of Architecture) 'Padma Shri', the fourth highest civilian award of India and more. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and served as the jury for several international and national competitions including the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Aga Khan Award for Architecture. With his current recognition, he will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Le Corbusier, Alvaro Siza, Charlie Chaplin and more.
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Membership in the Academy is limited to 300 architects, visual artists, composers, and writers who are elected for life and pay no dues. The new members were elected by vote of the existing membership. The honor of election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.
In November, the members of the Academy voted to increase regular membership from 250, where it had stood since 1908, to 300. The board of directors is committed to creating a more inclusive membership that truly represents America, and believes that expanding the Academy’s membership will allow it to more readily achieve that goal. The increase also reflects the growth in population over the past century. The expansion will be realized incrementally over the next five years.
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In addition to its regular membership, the Academy’s American Honorary membership recognizes up to twenty Americans of extraordinary artistic achievement whose work encompasses contributions beyond the fields of architecture, art, literature, and music, while Foreign Honorary membership celebrates up to seventy-five distinguished architects, artists, writers, and composers from other counties whose work the Academy’s membership greatly admires.
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