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13 Mar 2018

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2017-2019

Aga Khan Award for Architecture News

Geneva, March 2018 – The Aga Khan Award for Architecture announced the members of the Steering Committee for the Fourteenth Award Cycle (2017 – 2019).

Established in 1977, the Award is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The other members of the Steering Committee are: Sir David Adjaye, Principal Adjaye Associates, London, Mohammad al-Asad, Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Amman, Emre Arolat, Founder, EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture, New York-London-Istanbul, Francesco Bandarin, Special Advisor, UNESCO, Paris, Hanif Kara, Design Director – AKT II, London, and Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Azim Nanji, Special Advisor, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Brigitte Shim, Partner, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Toronto, and Marina Tabassum, Principal, Marina Tabassum Architects, Dhaka. Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award.

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka, by Architect Marina Tabassum:
Bait Ur Rouf Mosque
photo : AKTC / Rajesh Vora

The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Award. It is responsible for establishing the eligibility criteria for project nominations, providing thematic direction to the Award, and developing plans for its cyclical and long-term future. For each Award cycle, the Steering Committee appoints an independent Master Jury to select the award recipients from the nominated projects.

The Award seeks projects that represent the broadest possible range of architectural interventions, with particular attention given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and those that are likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. Projects can be anywhere in the world, but must successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, by Architect Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA:
Friendship Centre Gaibandha Building
photo : AKTC / Rajesh Vora

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has a prize fund of US$ 1 million. The rigor of its nomination and selection process has made it, in the eyes of many observers, one of the world’s most influential architectural prizes. Projects that received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 include the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka and the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh; the Hutong Children’s Library & Art Centre in Beijing, China; the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon; the Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in
Tehran, Iran.

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3 Oct 2016

Six Winners Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 Shortlist film:

10 Sep 2013

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 Winners

Winners for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners news

His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, and His Highness the Aga Khan presented the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon.

The five winning projects are:

Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, Khartoum, Sudan
Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre Sudan
photo : Raul Pantaleo
Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre
The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which consists of a hospital with 63 beds, has served over 5.4 million patients since it opened in 1994. The welcoming architecture “provides an exemplary prototype for the region as well as for the field”, remarked the Master Jury in their citation. The Centre meets the high technical demands of a hospital with complex functions, including three operating theatres, while providing a number of eco-friendly solutions to common problems. Mixed modes of ventilation and natural light enable all spaces to be homely and intimate. In addition to solar panels and special insulation techniques, the architects have reused 90 six- metre (20-foot) containers that had been discarded after being used to transport construction materials for the Centre.

Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre, Birzeit, Palestine
Birzeit Historic Centre Palestine
photo : Riwaq
Birzeit Historic Centre
The five-year project, which will eventually encompass 50 villages, is part of a rehabilitation master plan initiated by the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation. The project has transformed the decaying town of Birzeit, creating employment and reviving traditional crafts. The Master Jury remarked that the project brought together “stakeholders and local craftsmen into a process of healing that is not merely physical but that is social, economic and political”. By focusing on towns and villages in the area under Palestinian civil authority – where an estimated 50 percent of the surviving historic structures are located and where most Palestinians live – Riwaq realised that it could save much of the local heritage while at the same time having greatest significant socio-economic impact.

Rabat-Salé Urban Infrastructure Project, Morocco
Hassan II Bridge Rabat
photo : Cemal Emden
Hassan II Bridge
Linking Rabat and Salé to form an urban hub, the project was born out of a new vision of large-scale regeneration, one in which improved transportation and mobility were to be priority components of the larger urban plan. The project combines exemplary bridge design, infrastructure improvement and urban planning. As a result, the Hassan II Bridge has become a new icon for Rabat-Salé, reinforcing a modern, progressive, twin-city identity. The Master Jury remarked that the project was “a sophisticated and cohesive model for future infrastructure projects, especially in places of rapid urbanisation”.

Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, Tabriz, Iran
Tabriz Bazaar Rehabilitation Iran
photo : Amir Anoushfar
Tabriz Bazaar Rehabilitation
With origins in the 10th century, the Tabriz Bazaar has long functioned as a main commercial centre for the city. But by the late 20th century, it had begun to deteriorate. To rehabilitate the structures, which cover 27 hectares and over 5.5 kilometres of covered bazaars, a management framework was established that involved the bazaar community, municipal authorities and the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHTO). During the pilot restoration project, the government contributed 85 percent of the financial coverage and the bazaar community contributed 15 percent; in subsequent stages, the bazaar community – convinced of the value of the restoration – provided up to 90 percent of the funding. The Master Jury found that the project was “a remarkable example of stakeholder coordination and cooperation to restore and revitalise a unique structure”. Since 2000, numerous complexes within the bazaar have been rehabilitated, infrastructure has been improved and public facilities have been built.

Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
Altach Islamic Cemetery Austria
photo : Adolf Bereuter
Islamic Cemetery, Altach
Until recently, some Muslims in Austria would send their dead back to their countries of origin for burial. But the desire of Muslims to be buried in the countries of their birth led to the creation of a multi-faith, multi-ethnic group of actors, including local authorities and an NGO, to create a cemetery where funeral rites could be administered locally. The design was lauded by the Award’s Master Jury for the way it realised “the wish of an immigrant community seeking to create a space that fulfils their spiritual aspirations and, at the same time, responds to the context of their adopted country”. Inspired by garden design, it features roseate concrete walls, five staggered, rectangular gravesite enclosures, and a structure housing assembly and prayer rooms. The principal materials used were exposed reinforced concrete for the walls and oak wood for the ornamentation of the entrance facade and the interior of the prayer space.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners for 2013 from Aga Khan Award

1 May 2013

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 Shortlist

20 Projects Shortlisted for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Lisbon, 30 April 2013 – The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today at the Palacio das Necessidades (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to the revival of traditional building techniques. Shortlisted projects, which are selected by an independent Master Jury, are located in Afghanistan, Austria, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand and Yemen. The shortlist includes:

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat, Afghanistan
Maria Grazia Cutuli School Building
picture © AKAA / Nazes Afroz

Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
Altach Islamic Cemetery Austria
photo : Adolf Bereuter

Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong, China
Museum of Handcraft Paper China
photo : Shu He

Nagaur Fort Rehabilitation, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
Nagaur Fort Rehabilitation India
photo : Minakshi Jain

Mbaru Niang Preservation, Flores Island, Indonesia
Mbaru Niang Preservation Project Indonesia
photo : Raoul Kramer

Apartment No.1, Mahallat, Iran
Mahallat Residential Building Iran
photo : Omid Khodapanahi

Tabriz Bazaar Rehabilitation, Tabriz, Iran
Tabriz Bazaar Rehabilitation Iran
photo : Amir Anoushfar

Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon
Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp Lebanon
photo : Abdelnaser Ayi

Hassan II Bridge, Rabat, Morocco
Hassan II Bridge Rabat
photo : Cemal Emden

Mohammed VI Football Academy, Salé, Morocco
Mohammed VI Football Academy Morocco
photo : Cemal Emden

Preservation of Oasis Sites, Guelmim Region, Morocco
Preservation of Oasis Sites Morocco
photo : Cemal Emden

Birzeit Historic Centre, Birzeit, Palestine
Birzeit Historic Centre Palestine
photo : Riwaq

Umubano Primary School, Kigali, Rwanda
Umubano Primary School Rwanda
photo : Jean-Charles Tall

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Limpopo, South Africa
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre Limpopo South Africa
picture © AKAA / Obie Oberholzer

Post-Tsunami Housing, Kirinda, Sri Lanka
Post-Tsunami Housing Sri Lanka
photo : Shu He

Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre, Khartoum, Sudan
Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre Sudan
photo : Raul Pantaleo

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Damascus, Syria
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle
picture © AKAA / Alhadi Albaridi

Kantana Film and Animation Institute, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Kantana Film and Animation Institute Thailand
photo : Pirak Anurakyawachon

The Met Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
The Met Tower Bangkok
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

Thula Fort Restoration, Thula, Yemen
Thula Fort Restoration Yemen
photo : Cemal Emden

Farrokh Derakhshani, the Director of the Award, remarked: “The Master Jury, which includes some of the most prominent architects of our time, made interesting choices this year. For example, they chose schools in Afghanistan and Syria, but they also chose a hospital in Sudan, a high rise in Bangkok and the reconstruction of a refugee camp in Lebanon. In many ways, the choices reflect a central preoccupation of the Award: the impact of buildings and public spaces on the quality of life. Now this seems fairly mainstream, but we must remember that the Aga Khan Award has been talking about ‘human scale’ and ‘sustainability’ since 1977”.

The Award’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects – from innovative mud and bamboo schools to state of the art “green” high-rises – which not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Since the Award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the award and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented.

The shortlisted projects are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and engineers. The reviews, which emphasise both the impact on the quality of life and architectural excellence, will be submitted in June to the Master Jury for closer evaluation. Five to six finalists will then be selected and announced at a ceremony to be held in Lisbon in September 2013.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize Doubled to US$ 1 Million
Municipal Theatre Tunis
photograph © Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Salah Jabeur
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize 2013

Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award
Wadi Hanifa Wetlands Riyadh Saudi Arabia
photograph © Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Arriyadh Development Authority
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners for 2010 from Aga Khan Award

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