Ahmedabad: Prominent architect from Ahmedabad Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (BV Doshi) became the first Indian to win architecture's highest honour, Pritzker Architecture Prize for the year 2018. This is the first time in the 40-years history of the award that an Indian has won it.

Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation's Tom Pritzker had announced this award on Wednesday. The foundation described the work of the nonagenarian as poetic and functional. They noted that the architect, urban planner and educator's works respects the eastern culture and enhances quality of life in India.

One of Doshi's best achievements are the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, which accommodates over 80,000 people through a system of houses, courtyards and internal pathways. Doshi has been an architect, urban planner, and educator for 70 years. The foundation called the 90-year-old's work "poetic and functional," and noted his ability to create works that both respect eastern culture and enhance quality of life in India.

Speaking to The Associated Press from his Ahmedabad home, Doshi says his life's work has been "to empower the have-nots, the people who have nothing."