April 11, 2022
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence.
The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The other members of the Steering Committee are:
Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Manama.
Emre Arolat, Founder, EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture, Istanbul.
Meisa Batayneh, Principal Architect, Founder, maisam architects and engineers, Amman.
Sir David Chipperfield, Principal, David Chipperfield Architects, London.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Director, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, New York.
Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
Marina Tabassum, Principal, Marina Tabassum Architects, Dhaka.
Sarah M. Whiting, Dean, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge.
Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award.
The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Award. Perhaps one of its most important task is to select an independent Master Jury which, in turn, selects the award recipients from the nominated projects. It is also 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.
Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Award seeks projects that represent the broadest possible range of architectural interventions, with 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. Over 9000 projects have been documented.
Ceremonies to announce the winning projects and mark the close of each triennial cycle are always held in settings selected for their architectural and cultural importance to the Muslim world. Previous venues for Award ceremonies encompass many of the most illustrious architectural achievements, including Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (1980), Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (1983), the Alhambra in Granada (1998), Emperor Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi (2004), the Musa Jalil Tatar Theatre and the Kazan Kremlin in the Russian Federation (2019).
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has a prize fund of US$ 1,000,000. The rigor of its nomination and selection process has made it, in the eyes of many observers, one of the world’s most important architectural prizes.
Projects worthy of being selected must be recommended by a "nominator", so you can contact Bertrand Warnier at the following address :
Or for more information :
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
PO Box 2049
1211 Geneva 2
Switzerland Telephone: +41 (22) 909.72.00
Facsimile: +41 (22) 909.72.92