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Press Advisory
        
For Immediate Release

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announces
Project Eligibility Criteria for the Tenth Cycle
and Appoints New Steering Committee

 


Geneva, 28 November 2005 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is
pleased to announce the Tenth Award Cycle, which will span the
three-year period from 2005 to 2007.

The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness
the Aga Khan. Members of the 2007 committee are: Professor Omar Akbar,
Executive Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Dessau; Mr.
Jacques Herzog, partner, Herzog & de Meuron Architects, Basel; Mr. Glenn
Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Professor
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning
at Cornell University in Ithaca; Professor Farshid Moussavi, partner,
Foreign Office Architects, London, and Professor in Practice of
Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design;
Professor Hani Rashid, partner, Asymptote Architecture, New York City,
and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School
of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Professor Modjtaba Sadria,
Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations & East Asian Studies at Chuo
University in Tokyo; and Ms. Billie Tsien, partner, Tod Williams Billie
Tsien Architects, New York City. (For full biographical information on
the members of the 2007 Award Steering Committee, please click here.)
The Secretary General of the Award is Dr. Suha Özkan.

Each cycle, the Steering Committee is responsible for establishing the
current eligibility criteria for projects to be considered for the
Award, to provide thematic direction in response to the priorities and
issues that have emerged during the recent past, and to develop plans
for the cyclical and long-term future of the Award. The Steering
Committee is responsible for the selection of the Master Jury appointed
for each Award cycle, and for the programmes of activities such as
seminars and field visits, the Award Presentation Ceremony Events,
publications and exhibitions.

Prizes totalling up to US$ 500,000 – constituting the largest
architectural award in the world – are presented every three years to
projects selected by an independent Master Jury. The Award has completed
nine cycles of activity since its inception in 1977, and documentation
has been compiled on over 7,500 building projects located throughout the
world. To date, ninety-two projects have received Awards.

Project Eligibility

The Award seeks out the broadest possible range of architectural
interventions. There are no fixed criteria for the type, nature,
location or cost of projects to be considered, although eligible
projects must be designed for or used by Muslim communities, in part or
in whole, wherever they are located. In addition, projects must have
been completed and have been in use for at least one full year between
the period 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2005. No projects commissioned
by His Highness the Aga Khan or undertaken by current members of the
Award Steering Committee, Master Jury, or staff, or by the Board or
staff of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture may be considered.

Project Submission Procedures

Projects to be considered for the Award are enrolled through an official
nomination process. The submission of a wide range of projects is
ensured by a confidential network of nominators designated by the Award.
In addition, a project identification programme permits all persons or
institutions to submit projects on-line on the “Architecture” section of
the Aga Khan Development Network website. The identification and
documentation of eligible projects will continue through 2006. Project
selection procedures by the Master Jury, the on-site review of projects,
and announcement of the Award Recipients will take place during 2007.

Seminars

To reach out to a wider audience, the Award organizes international and
regional seminars during each cycle. International seminars examine the
trends and implications of architectural transformations in the Islamic
world, while regional seminars explore architecture in Islamic cultures
in a specific area. Designed to address developments in the built
environments of Muslim communities, they bring together government
officials, architects, academics, planners, social scientists, designers
and architectural writers. Since the Award's inception, twenty-one
seminars have been held in various parts of the world, including Paris,
Istanbul, Fez, Jakarta, Amman, Beijing, Dakar, Sana'a, Kuala Lumpur,
Cairo, Dhaka, Granada, Malta, Zanzibar, Yogyakarta, Almaty, Baku,
Beirut, Moscow, Yazd and Tehran. The next regional seminar will take
place in Kuwait in December 2005 and will be co-hosted by the Kuwait
Society of Engineers. The theme of the seminar will be “Architectural
Journalism and Criticism”.

Publications

The most recent cyclical monograph of the Award, Architecture and
Polyphony: Building in the Islamic World Today, features the seven
recipients of the 2004 Award and was designed by Irma Boom. The volume
is available from the publishers, Thames & Hudson, who can be contacted
by e-mail or by facsimile at (44.207) 845.5050.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture

The Award forms an integral component of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture,
whose two other major areas of activity are the Historic Cities Support
Programme and the Education and Culture Programme.

The Historic Cities Support Programme was set up in 1991 to implement
conservation and urban revitalisation projects in culturally significant
sites of the Islamic world. Such projects combine environmental as well
as conservation and socio-economic components, and demonstrate that
these concerns can be mutually supportive. The programme activities
cover conservation of historic buildings, urban rehabilitation,
improvement of public open spaces, community-based socio-economic
development and local institution-building. The portfolio of projects
now includes sites in Northern Pakistan (Hunza and Baltistan), Zanzibar,
Cairo, Samarkand, Mostar, Aleppo, Masyaf, Kabul, Herat, Delhi and Mopti.

The Education and Culture Programme consists of five major units: the
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, established in 1979; ArchNet
(www. archnet.org), a web-based virtual archive developed at the MIT
School of Architecture Planning and the School of Architecture at the
University of Texas at Austin; the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central
Asia which is concerned with the revitalisation of traditional music;
the Aga Khan Humanities Project which promotes pluralism of ideas,
cultures and people by supporting the development and implementation of
innovative humanities curricula; and the Museum Projects, which deal
with the conceptualisation, design and realisation of museum projects
initiated by the Trust.

The Aga Khan Development Network

The Trust for Culture coordinates the cultural activities of the Aga
Khan Development Network (AKDN), which was founded by His Highness the
Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili
Muslims. The Network is a group of private, non-denominational
development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to
improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan
Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network's nine
development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development
for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN's
underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual
budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$300 million.

The Network’s social development agencies include the Aga Khan
Foundation, incorporating the Aga Khan Rural Support Programmes and the
Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, the Aga Khan
University, Aga Khan Health Services, Aga Khan Education Services, and
Aga Khan Planning and Building Services. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic
Development – with its affiliates, Tourism Promotion Services,
Industrial Promotion Services, Financial Services, Media Services and
Aviation Services – seeks to strengthen economies in developing
countries by supporting private sector initiatives in the development
process. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, which regrouped several
microfinance programmes previously undertaken by other agencies, began
operations in February 2005.

For more information, please contact:

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
P.O. Box 2049
1211 Geneva 2
Switzerland
Facsimile: (41.22) 909.72.92
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.akdn.org


2007 AWARD STEERING COMMITTEE

His Highness The Aga Khan, Chairman.

Omar Akbar is a German urbanist and architect, and the Executive
Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He was born in Afghanistan
and attended primary school in Kabul, and undertook university and
graduate training in architecture and urban design at the Technical
University in Berlin. His Master’s thesis (1976) concentrated on the
process of urbanization in developing countries, using India as an
example, and his doctoral thesis (1981) was a comparison of the social
behaviour and the construction and spatial organization of mahals, which
led to the development of the theory of Islamic living quarters.
Professor Akbar worked as an architect in several offices in Germany
while at the same time teaching in Berlin. He was the team leader
(1981-82) of the development project for Al-Karkh (an area of Baghdad),
and a consultant to GTZ (German Agency for Technical Development) from
1987 to 1993 for urban development projects in Banjul (Gambia), Sana’a
(Yemen), and Aswan (Egypt). He also served as a UNESCO consultant on
Cairo in 1991 and 1992. From 1993 to 1998, he was professor of urban
design and the theory of architecture at the Technical University for
Applied Sciences in Dessau, before taking up the position of Executive
Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in 1998.

Jacques Herzog is a Swiss architect and partner in “Herzog & de Meuron”,
the firm which received the 2001 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Trained in
architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in
Zürich, Mr. Herzog opened his private practice with Pierre de Meuron in
Basel during 1978. Recently completed projects include Prada Aoyama
Tokyo; Forum 2004 Building and Plaza in Barcelona; the Walker Art Center
Expansion in Minneapolis; and the new de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Following the success of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Herzog & de Meuron
are designing the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in
Beijing. Other current projects include: The New Link Quay in Santa Cruz
de Tenerife, the Caixa Forum in Madrid, and the Philharmonic Hall in
Hamburg. The projects and completed works of Herzog & de Meuron are
widely exhibited and published, and featured in numerous monographs and
catalogues. Mr. Herzog is a visiting professor at Harvard University and
co-founder of the ETH Studio Basel, Institute for the Contemporary City.
He was a member of the 2004 Award Steering Committee.

Glenn Lowry is an art historian from the United States, and Director of
the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Among the major
exhibitions that have taken place during Mr. Lowry’s tenure at MoMA are
Mies in Berlin (2001), Andreas Gursky (2001), Workspheres (2001),
Jackson Pollock (1998–99), Pierre Bonnard (1998), Aleksandr Rodchenko
(1998), Chuck Close (1998), Jasper Johns (1996–1997), Picasso and
Portraiture (1996), and Piet Mondrian (1995). A noted scholar of Islamic
arts and architecture, Mr. Lowry was previously Director of the Art
Gallery of Ontario (1990?95), and Curator of Near Eastern Art at the
Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of
Art (1984?90) where he organized, among other exhibitions, Timur and
Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century (1989)
and A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book From the Vever Collection
(1988). Mr. Lowry’s many honours include a doctorate of fine arts degree
from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2000), Chevalier d’Ordre de
Merite (2001) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (2000) from
the French government, and the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies
Award (1990). Mr. Lowry served as a member of the 2004 Award Steering
Committee.

Mohsen Mostafavi, an architect and educator of Iranian origin, is Dean
of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University
(USA), where he is also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger
Professor of Architecture; from 1995 to 2004, he was Chairman of the
Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Dean
Mostafavi received a Diploma in Architecture from the Architectural
Association in London, and undertook research on counter-reformation
urban history at the University of Essex and at Cambridge University.
Previously, he was Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at
the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Dean Mostafavi has
also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and
the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Staedelschule). His research has
been published in many journals, including The Architectural Review,
AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre, and Daidalos.  He is
co-author of Architecture and Continuity (1983); Delayed Space (with
Homa Fardjadi, Princeton Architectural Press, 1994); and On Weathering:
The Life of Buildings in Time (with David Leatherbarrow, MIT, 1993)
which received the American Institute of Architects’ prize for writing
on architectural theory. Dean Mostafavi’s recent publications include:
Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002) which
received the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award; Logique Visuelle (Idea Books,
2003); and Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA
Publications, 2004). He served as a member of the 2004 Award Steering
Committee.

Farshid Moussavi is an architect and partner in the firm “Foreign Office
Architects” (FOA), and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard
University. She was trained at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design,
University College London, and Dundee University, prior to establishing
Foreign Office Architects (with Alejandro Zaera Polo) in London in 1992.
She has served as Professor and Head of the Architecture Institute at
the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (2002-2005), the Kenzo Tange Visiting
Design Critic at the Harvard Design School (2005), Unit Master at the
Architectural Association School of Architecture (1993-2000), and
Visiting Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles,
Columbia University in New York, Princeton University, the Berlage
Institute in Amsterdam, and the Hoger Architecture Institute in Belgium.
FOA have produced numerous critical and award-winning international
projects, amongst them the Yokohama Ferry Terminal in Japan, a large new
park with outdoor auditoriums in Barcelona, and the Spanish Pavilion at
the International Expo in Aichi, Japan; projects now under construction
include a theatre building in Torrevieja, a Technology Centre in
Logrono, a Publishing Headquarters in Paju (Korea), and Social Housing
in Madrid. Current projects include: large scale office developments in
the UK, Spain and the Netherlands; the master plan designs for the Lower
Lea Valley and the London 2012 Olympics; a new Music Centre for the BBC
and a College of Art and Design in London; and retail commissions in the
UK, Turkey and Spain. The work of FOA is widely exhibited and published
in numerous monographs and catalogues. FOA represented Britain at the
8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. FAO has received the Enric
Miralles Prize for Architecture, two RIBA World Wide Awards, one of five
2004 Venice Architecture Biennale awards and, most recently, the Charles
Jencks Award for Architecture. Professor Moussavi is a member of the
International Design Committee in London and a member of the Design and
Architecture Advisory Group to the British Council. She served as the
Chair of the 2004 Award Master Jury.

Hani Rashid is a New York based practising architect who received his
Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carleton University and a Master of
Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1988, he
co-founded Asymptote Architecture in New York City with partner Lise
Anne Couture. Asymptote received the 2004 Frederick Kiesler Award in
recognition of outstanding contribution to the fields of art and
architecture. The work of Asymptote includes architecture, urban
planning, exhibition and product design as well as multi-media digital
installations. Current projects include a commercial and cultural
complex in Penang, Malaysia; a chapel and auditorium in the Netherlands;
a masterplan for the city of Monterrey, Mexico; a residential tower in
New York; and an exhibition venue for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Recently completed projects include the award-winning HydraPier in the
Netherlands, the Turf Club Masterplan in Penang, and a proposal for a
new Guggenheim Museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. Hani Rashid’s work has
been featured in numerous publications including Time magazine, The New
York Times, Domus, A + U, Architectural Record and Wired. He represented
the United States at the American Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale
in Venice in June 2000; in 2004, he was the Chair to the Cátedra Luis
Barragán, in Monterey, Mexico, and was invited to exhibit at Documenta
11 in Kassel, Germany. Since 1989, Hani Rashid has been a Professor at
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture where he is a
leading researcher with respect to architectural design utilizing
digital technologies, co-developing the school’s Advanced Digital Design
programme in 1995. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer at
numerous universities including the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen,
the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, the
University of Lund, Sweden, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard
University, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, and the
Stadleschule in Frankfurt. Presently, Hani Rashid is a Professor of
Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Department of Architecture in Zurich, Switzerland.

Modjtaba Sadria, an Iranian-born philosopher, is a Professor at the
Graduate School and Faculty of Policy Issues at Chuo University in
Tokyo. Professor Sadria holds doctorate degrees in philosophy from the
University of Paris and in international relations from the University
of Quebec at Montreal, and master’s degrees in literature, in history,
and in philosophy from the University of Paris. Professor Sadria is a
specialist in cross-cultural relations and East Asian studies. He
lectures widely, including recent presentations on "A Complex World and
Many Understandings", "The Possibility of Dialogue After 9.11", "A
Perspective of Iranian Foreign Policy: Triangle Relations between
Khatami, Nation and Society", "Building Bridges between the United
States and Iran", and “Preserving Cultural Integrity and Promoting
Dialogue among Civilizations". Professor Sadria is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Institute of Policy and Culture, Tokyo. From 1999 to
2001, he served as the Deputy Director for Research at the International
Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations in Tehran. He is also a member
of the Organizing Committee of the Kyoto International Cultural Forum.
Professor Sadria has published over 50 books and articles, including
“Global Civil Society and Ethics: Finding Common Ground” (Tokyo, 2003),
“People Who Live on the Edge of the World” (Tokyo, 2002), “Realism: Trap
of International Relations” (1994, in Japanese), Prayer for Lost
Objects: A Non-Weberian Approach to the Birth of Modern Society (2003,
in Persian), “Social Development: Challenges to a Concept” (in the
Journal of Policy and Culture, Tokyo, 2004), “East Asia: Cultural
Aspects of Challenges in a Globalizing World” (in Globalization in East
Asia, 2004, in Japanese), and “Spinoza and Japan” (in Sogoseisaku Kenyu,
Tokyo, 2005). Professor Sadria was a member of the 2004 Award Master Jury.

Billie Tsien is an American architect and artist trained in fine arts at
Yale University (BFA, 1971) and in architecture at the University of
California at Los Angeles (M.Arch, 1977). She has worked with Tod
Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. She
has taught at the Parsons School of Design, Yale University, Harvard
University’s Graduate School of Design, and the University of Texas at
Austin. Completed works by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects include
the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City, the Student Arts
Centre at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Feinberg Hall at
Princeton University, a 525-person dormitory and dining facility at the
University of Virginia, a major addition to the Phoenix Art Museum, the
Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, and the Neurosciences Institute in
La Jolla, California. Ms. Tsien has a particular interest in work that
bridges art and architecture. She is an advisor for the Wexner Prize,
and serves on the boards of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural
League, and the American Academy of Rome. With Tod Williams, she is the
recipient of the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters, the Medal of Honour from the New York City branch of the
American Institute of Architects, the Thomas Jefferson Medal from the
University of Virginia, the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, and
the Smithsonian Institution/Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. A
monograph of their work entitled Work Life was published in 2000. Ms.
Tsien was a member of the 2004 Award Master Jury.