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Watch Balkrishna Doshi speak at the Royal Academy's 2017 annual architecture lecture

Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi reflected on 70 years of pioneering architectural projects in the Royal Academy of Arts' annual architecture lecture, which we streamed live via our Facebook page.

As one of the most influential Indian architects of the 20th century, Doshi and his studio Vastu-Shilpa have been instrumental in the development of low-cost housing and urban planning in India.

The architect started his career supervising Le Corbusier's projects in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh, and went on to complete celebrated works including his own studio Sangath in Ahmedabad (1981), the Gandhi Labour Institute in Ahmedabad (1984) and the experimental Amdavad ni Gufa art gallery (1995).

He also founded and designed the Ahmedabad School of Architecture, promoting a radical new approach to architectural education with an emphasis on local traditions and resources.

Photograph by Benedict Johnson

Dezeen was media partner for the Royal Academy's annual architecture lecture 2017, which has previously featured architects including Alvaro Siza, Peter Zumthor, Bjarke Ingels and, most recently, Wang Shu.

Doshi is the 27th speaker in the prestigious series. Taking place at the RA's Burlington House, the event coincides with both the architect's 90th birthday and the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.

The live stream can also be watched on Dezeen's Facebook page.