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“Building for a Better Life” Exhibition Opens at UIA2014 Durban, South Africa
05 August 2014 - The exhibition “Building for a Better Life” opened at International Union of Architects World Congress today. The exhibition includes a survey of programmes of the AKDN that seek to have a positive impact on the built environment.

2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients Announced
06 September 2013 - His Excellency AnĂ­bal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, and His Highness the Aga Khan today presented the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at the Castle of SĂŁo Jorge in Lisbon.

20 Projects Shortlisted for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture
30 April 2013 - The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today at the Palacio das Necessidades (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Lisbon, Portugal. The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to the revival of traditional building techniques.

Revitalisation to Begin on Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park in Hyderabad, India
10 January 2013 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a ten-year, integrated conservation and landscape restoration project at the Quli Qutb Shah Tomb complex in Hyderabad was signed today by the Andhra Pradesh State Department of Archaeology and Museums, the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Foundation.

Master Jury Announced for 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
21 November 2012 - The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on 21 November 2013. The Jury independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award.

Le Président Karzai et l’Aga Khan inaugurent le mausolée de Timur Shah à Kaboul
19 October 2012 - PrĂ©sident Karzai et Son Altesse l’Aga Khan ont prĂ©sidĂ© aujourd’hui l’ouverture officielle du mausolĂ©e restaurĂ© de Timur Shah. Ce monument historique, qui s’était dĂ©gradĂ© durant les dĂ©cennies de guerre civile, a Ă©tĂ© restaurĂ© par le Trust Aga Khan pour la culture dans le cadre de son programme permanent de conservation du patrimoine culturel de l’Afghanistan.

Kabul’s Timur Shah Mausoleum Opened by President Karzai and the Aga Khan
19 October 2012 - President Karzai and the Aga Khan officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah on 19 October 2012. The historic monument, which had fallen into disrepair during decades of civil war, has been restored as part of an on-going programme undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar in Tajikistan Explores Architecture in CIS Countries
16 October 2012 - Architecture in the CIS was the main focus of an Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar held in Dushanbe,Tajikistan. Architects, officials and academics from CIS states joined Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a public seminar on emerging issues of architecture in their respective countries. The seminar was attended by Tajik architects, architectural students and others interested in architecture and urban planning.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on "Emerging Models of Planning Practices" in Singapore
20 July 2012 - City planners, academics and architects from around the world gathered at the Urban Redevelopment Centre in Singapore for a two-day Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar on planning practices, 19-20 July 2012.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Helps Launch Network for Architectural Education in Africa; Hosts Conferences in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
22 June 2012 - During an Aga Khan Award for Architecture conference on the state of architecture in Africa from 3-6 June 2012, the ArchiAfrika Educational Network was launched. The Network connects professionals, scholars and others working on the African built environment.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize Doubled to US$ 1 Million
26 April 2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, considered by many architects and urban planners to be the most important award for architecture, announced a doubling of its prize to US$ 1 million.

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award's Twelfth Cycle Announced
16 February 2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of the Steering Committee for the 12th Award cycle (2011 – 2013).

"Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts" at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
07 December 2011 - A new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum collections will be on show at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, from 9 December 2011 to 26 February 2012.The exhibition is the first created from the Aga Khan Museum collections to centre on architecture in the Islamic arts.

His Highness the Aga Khan Receives ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
27 October 2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, received the 2011 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development at the ULI's Annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Los Angeles.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s 12th Cycle Launched; Award Now Open for Submissions
12 May 2011 - The twelfth triennial cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which runs from 2011 until autumn 2013, is now open for nominations. General criteria for nomination are straightforward: “projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture”.

Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award
24 November 2010 - On 24 November 2010, in Doha, Qatar, five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art today. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.

Fastest Growing City in Africa Gets 103-hectare Urban Park
22 September 2010 - President of Mali and Aga Khan Inaugurate National Park of Mali as part of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Malian Independence.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlists 19 Projects + New Award Microsite + On-line Press Kit
25 May 2010 - The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announces Master Jury for 2010
08 January 2010 - The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which selects the recipients of the Award, were announced.

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award's Eleventh Cycle (2008-2010) Announced
02 April 2008 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the new Steering Committee for the 11th Award cycle (2008 – 2010).

Nine projects receive 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
04 September 2007 - On 4 September 2007, at a ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the nine recipients of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Kuwait
07 December 2005 - A seminar entitled "Architectural Journalism and Criticism", co-organised by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Kuwait Society of Engineers, was held in Kuwait City on the 6th and 7th December 2005.

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

Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture: Aga Khan Award for Architecture Concludes with Seminar
29 November 2004 - A full-day seminar held today in Agra concluded the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture

Recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced by India’s Prime Minister and His Highness the Aga Khan
27 November 2004 - At the historical Humayun’s Tomb His Highness the Aga Khan together with India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today announced the seven recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Seven Projects Receive the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
27 November 2004 - At a ceremony to be held in India at the gardens of Humayun's Tomb , His Highness the Aga Khan will announce the seven recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Aga Khan Arrives in New Delhi
24 November 2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrived at New Delhi this evening. He was met at the airport by Mr. Ahmed, Minister of State for External Affairs. The Aga Khan began a five day visit.

Iran Contemplates a Changing World
17 October 2002 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) brought together planners, architects and conservationists from France, Japan and the United States, as well as from the Maghreb, Lebanon, Turkey and Uzbekistan to a five-day international seminar on “Architecture for a Changing World” organised with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation and Iran’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.

Yo-Yo Ma Performs on the Silk Road for Aga Khan Award
06 November 2001 - First Performance of Ensemble in one of the oldest cities on the Silk Road. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble gave a special performance on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Nine Projects Receive the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
06 November 2001 - At a ceremony held in Syria at the historical Citadel of Aleppo, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the nine recipients of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and presented a special Chairman’s Award to the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Faith in the Future: An Architecture of Pluralism
31 July 2000 - Planners From Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States Share a Vision for New Spaces of Gathering.

Arab Architects Ask if Environments Will Change Society or Vice Versa
26 November 1999 - Planners, architects and educators from across the Middle East who design challenged each other over a 3-day symposium organized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon.

Aga Khan Emphasises Need to Sustain Cultural Pluralism
09 October 1998 - In the gardens of the Alhambra, His Highness the Aga Khan, today explained how "skill, knowledge and vision in the realm of architecture were once a hallmark of Islamic civilisations, and central to the identity of their peoples.