Amiriya Complex, Yemen

Amiriya Complex, Yemen

Aga Khan awards announced

Aga Khan awards announced

Nine architectural projects in the Muslim world, ranging from a mud-brick marketplace to a modern university campus, were honoured by the Aga Khan on 5 September in the world’s richest architectural awards.

Amiriya Complex, Yemen

“The essence of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is to examine, analyse, understand and try to influence the dynamic of physical change in Islamic societies," the Aga Khan said ahead of the ceremony.

Samir Kassir Square, Beirut

The awards, bestowed every three years, were established in 1977 by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, to address the needs and aspirations of Muslim societies. The awards are also aimed at enhancing the appreciation of Islamic culture, as expressed through architecture. This year’s awards, the 10th in the series, were for projects completed between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2005. A commemorative postage stamp on the awards was also released at the function.

So far, 92 projects across the world have received the awards and documentation has been compiled on over 7,500 building projects. Many of the winning projects cater to the need of a pluralistic community as a whole, such as the Lepers Hospital in Chopda Taluka, India, and the Datai Hotel in Langkawi, Malaysia. AFP

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