The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKDN) is given every three years to projects setting new standards of excellence in planning practices, architecture, preservation and landscape design. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to encourage, identify and celebrate innovative building concepts that address the needs and aspirations of societies across the globe, that have made important contributions to Muslim societies.
The AKDN works directly to impact architecture and human habitats to improve housing, design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental sanitation, water supplies, and other issues affecting living conditions. Through urban regeneration projects, the AKDN supports social, economic and cultural development.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by the Aga Khan in 1977.
The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Steering Committee can suggest areas of interest, but it has no bearing on the final selections of the independent Master Jury.
Presenting the awards will be (guest) Professor Brigitte Shim; Brigitte is a principal at the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world,” along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Don’t Miss Aga Khan Award Night!