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Members of the 2004 Steering Committee

Members of the Steering Committee

HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN, Chairman. For more information, please see the "About His Highness the Aga Khan" section.

AKRAM ABU HAMDAN is a Jordanian architect, trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Mr. Abu Hamdan directed an architectural research unit at Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society from 1979 to 1982, and was a lecturer and design tutor at the School of Architecture at the University of Jordan for eight years. In private practice in Amman, Mr. Abu Hamdan's works focused on architectural themes that support vibrant urban spaces. He was a council member of the Greater Amman Municipality and co-ordinator for a documentation study of the Old City of Jerusalem conducted jointly by Harvard University and the Royal Scientific Society. Mr. Abu Hamdan served as Commissioner General and Chairman of the Jordan National Committee for Expo 2000, and led the design team of the Jordan pavilion at the world exhibition in Hanover, for which he was awarded the Medal of Independence by HM King Abdullah II. Currently, he is Director General of the National Resources Investment and Development Corporation, with responsibility for major urban regeneration projects in the cities of Amman, Zarqa and Aqaba. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Martyrs Memorial Public Park project in Amman. Mr. Abu Hamdan served as a Technical Reviewer during the 2001 Award cycle.

CHARLES CORREA is an Indian architect, planner, activist, and theoretician who studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan. He has taught and lectured at many universities, both in India and abroad, including MIT, Harvard University, the University of London, and Cambridge University, where he was Nehru Professor. Mr. Correa is known for the wide range of his architectural work in India and on urbanisation and low-cost shelter in the Third World, which he articulated in his 1985 publication, The New Landscape. His architectural designs have been internationally acclaimed and he has received many awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal (1984), the Indian Institute of Architects Gold Medal (1987), the International Union of Architects Gold Medal (1990), and the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture from the Japan Art Association (1994). Professor Correa was a member of the 1980, 1983, 1986, and 2001 Award Steering Committees, and of the 1989 Award Master Jury. He was presented an Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1998 cycle as the architect of Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal, India.

ABDOU FILALI-ANSARY is a Moroccan social scientist, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London. Previously, he was Director of the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca. Mr. Filali-Ansary obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Dijon, on the topic of “The Notion of Intuition in the Philosophy of Spinoza and Bergson”. He taught philosophy at the University of Rabat, and was then secretary general of the University of Mohamed V in Rabat. Since 1994, he has been the editor of Prologues, a scholarly journal devoted to literature and ideas of interest to the Maghreb. Mr. Filali-Ansary has published numerous articles on contemporary Islamic thought, including the recent essays “The Challenge of Secularisation” (The Journal of Democracy, Washington D.C., 1996) and “Islam and Secularisation” (Revista de Occident, Madrid, 1997). His monograph entitled Is Islam Hostile to Secularism? was published in 1996, and he translated and contributed the foreword to Ali Abderraziq’s Islam and the Foundations of Political Power in 1994. Mr. Filali-Ansary was a member of the 2001 Award Master Jury.

JACQUES HERZOG is a Swiss architect and partner in the firm “Herzog & de Meuron”, recipients of 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. Current projects include the New de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Prada Flagship Store in Tokyo; the Laban Dance Centre in London, following the opening of the Tate Modern in May 2000; The New Link Quay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as the Forum 2004 Building and Plaza in Barcelona. Following on the success of the St. Jakob Park stadium in Basel, Herzog & de Meuron are planning the new soccer stadium for Munich, to be inaugurated with the 2006 World Championships. The projects and completed work 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.

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 organised, 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).

MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI is an Iranian architect, and Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, a position he has held since 1995. Mr. 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. Prior to his current appointment, he was Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Mr. 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, and he is co-author of Architecture and Continuity (1983); Delayed Space (with Homa Fardjadi, 1994) and of On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time (with David Leatherbarrow, MIT, 1993), which received the American Institute of Architects commendation prize for writing on architectural theory. Mr. Mostafavi’s recent publications include: Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); and Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002).

BABAR KHAN MUMTAZ is a Reader in Housing Studies at the University of London, and at the Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, London. Originally from Pakistan, Mr. Mumtaz is a specialist in urban planning, housing, and development, and is committed to the improvement of living conditions in underprivileged societies. He has undertaken projects and led research throughout the world, including the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, the Arab States, West Africa, and the Pacific rim. He has also served as a consultant to a large number of national governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organisations. Equally influential as a teacher, he has pioneered and contributed to the development of curricula for studies in urban design in developing societies, development planning, urban housing, and disaster management and preparedness, all with a focus on actual field experience for students to complement their academic studies. His writings on these topics are widely published, including the monographs Meeting Housing Demand: A Model for Establishing Affordability Parameters for Housing (1995) and The Housing Question, and Other Answers (1989, with R. Ali). and he is a frequent speaker at international meetings and scholarly conferences.

PETER G. ROWE is the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University, where he also serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Design, a position he has held since 1992. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 1985, Rowe was Director of the School of Architecture at Rice University and a senior member of several research organisations, including the Rice Center and the Southwest Center for Urban Research. The author of numerous articles principally concerned with matters of cultural interpretation and design in both architecture and urban design, as well as the relationship of urban form to issues of economic development, housing provision, and resource conservation, Dean Rowe is also the author of the books: Principles for Local Environmental Management (Ballinger, 1978); Design Thinking (MIT, 1987); Making a Middle Landscape (MIT, 1991); Modernity and Housing (MIT, 1993); Civic Realism (MIT, 1997); Projecting Beirut (Prestel, 1998); L’Asia e il Moderno (Transeuropa, 1999); Modern Urban Housing in China: 1840-2000 (Prestel, 2001); and Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (MIT, 2002).

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