Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-'Alam - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-'Alam

Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-
Location: Multan, Pakistan (South Asia)
Architect: Awqaf Department / Muhammad Wali Ullah Khan
Client: Government of Punjab
Completed: 1977
Site size: 6'303 m²

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Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-'Alam Project Brief

This 14th-century Tughlug-period tomb is one of the outstanding architectural treasures of Pakistan. Conservation commenced in late 1971 and was completed in six years. Because of the monument's dilapidated condition the repair work required was extensive. The foundations and the lower sections of the brick walls were rebuilt, destroyed tiles were replaced, damaged woodwork repaired and the site landscaped. This project required the establishment of a training programme for Pakistani craftsmen in the traditional crafts of glazed Multan tile work, wood carving and terra cotta. Indigenous craftsmen who had inherited the knowledge of these crafts trained a total of 33 novices, now active in other conservation efforts as well as in new building. The jury commended this restoration for its contribution to reviving some of the great crafts of 600 years ago and promoting similar building activity throughout the country.

1983 Award Recipients