: Steering Committee
His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. In Islam’s ethical tradition, religious leaders not only interpret the faith but also have a responsibility to help improve the quality of life in their community and in the societies amongst which they live. For His Highness the Aga Khan, this has meant a deep engagement with development for over 50 years through the agencies of the AKDN.
Selma Al-Radi is an Iraqi archaeologist, and a research associate at New York University. She has worked in Yemen since 1977. In 1983, she undertook the restoration of the 16th century Madrasa al-Amiryah in the town of Rada', and is currently overseeing the final phase of the project and the restoration of the internal wall paintings. Also in Yemen, she is now completing the rehabilitation of the complex of Imamate palaces as the National Museum in Sanaa, and preparing the catalogue of the museum collections for publication.
Balkrishna V. Doshi is an Indian architect, educator, and academician. After initial study in Bombay, he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris (1951-1954) as senior designer, and then in India to supervise Corbusier's projects in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Professor Doshi established the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design in 1955, known for pioneering work in low-cost housing and city planning. Today, his internationally renowned projects are designed under the name of Vastu-Shilpa Consultants, with offices in Ahmedabad.
Peter Eisenman is an American architect and educator. He is the Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor at The Cooper Union in New York City and the principal of Eisenman Architects. Among his built projects are the Wexner Centre for the Arts and Fine Arts Library at the Ohio State University in Columbus, completed in 1989, and a project for social housing at Check-Point Charlie in Berlin. He has built two office buildings in Tokyo, a convention centre in Columbus, Ohio, and the Aronoff Centre for Design and Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Charles Jencks, an American architect and architectural historian, is well-known as the critic who first defined post-modernism in architecture, an event which led to its subsequent definition in many fields. A visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, he is the author of many books on architecture and culture, including The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (6th ed. 1981), What is Post-Modernism? (4th ed. 1996), and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (1995). His recent work is on cosmogenic architecture and complexity theory.
Adhi Moersid is an Indonesian architect in private practice with PT Atelier 6 Architects, where he is actively involved in the design, planning, and construction of Atelier 6 projects, and senior vice-president of Atelier 6 Holding Company. Mr. Moersid has been honorary chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Architects since 1989, and was deputy chairman of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia) from 1987 to 1989.
Luis Monreal, Spanish historian and archaeologist, is currently director general of the Caixa Foundation in Barcelona. From 1985 to 1990, he was the director of the Getty Conservation Institute, and oversaw conservation of such projects as the Tomb of Nefertari in Upper Egypt, the Sphinx in Giza, and Buddhist Temples in Mogao (Datong, China), as well as other major projects in Cyprus, Jordan, Cambodia, and Spain. Mr. Monreal was the secretary general of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) from 1974 to 1985, and responsible for the establishment or conservation of nine museums throughout the world.
Azim Nanji is Special Advisor to the Provost at the Aga Khan University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, a joint partnership between His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya and attended schools in Kenya and Tanzania before graduating from Makerere University in Uganda. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Islamic Studies from McGill University in Canada.
Ali Shuaibi, Saudi Arabian architect and planner, is the co-founder of Beeah Planners, Architects and Engineers, based in Riyadh, with projects in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Pakistan and Djibouti. Mr. Shuaibi teaches design at King Saud University, and is co-editor of the Urban Heritage Encyclopaedia. Several of his projects have received national and international awards, including the al-Kindi Plaza at Hayy Assafarat, the diplomatic quarter in Riyadh, which received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989 and the Architectural Project Award of the Organisation of Arab Towns in 1990.