: 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.
Bernard Feilden, British architect, has over forty years of architectural experience covering a wide range of buildings. He built up a provincial practice which won many awards, and his philosophy was to design in context and to respect the environment, as he feels that architecture is a social art and should be humane. The successful conservation of Norwich Cathedral Spire led on to major works to prevent the collapse of the Central Tower of York Minster, so Feilden became more and more involved with the conservation of historic buildings.
Frank O. Gehry, Canadian architect, is the principal in charge of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Incorporated, which he established in 1962. Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and studied city planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His architectural career spans three decades and has produced public and private buildings in America, Japan and, most recently, Europe. The work of Mr. Gehry has been featured in major professional publications and national and international trade journals.
Arif Hasan, a Pakistani architect and planner, teacher, social researcher, and writer, studied architecture at the Oxford Polytechnic, England, from 1960 to 1965, and established an independent architecture practice in Karachi in 1968. He has been a consultant to various United Nations agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and community groups both in the North and South.
Renata Holod, Canadian specialist in the history of Islamic art and architecture, is professor and chair of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on a variety of topics, from archaeological investigations of Umayyad Syria and historical surveys of Isfahan, Yazd, and other sites in Iran, to problems of contemporary architecture in the Islamic world.
Nurcholish Madjid, Indonesian historian of Islamic thought, is a lecturer in the postgraduate programme at the Institute of Islamic Studies in Jakarta, and a member of the Indonesian Institute of Science.
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.
Dogan Tekeli, a Turkish architect, has been in private practice with his partner, Sami Sisa, since 1952, when they graduated from Istanbul Technical University. Mr. Tekeli lectured in architectural design at the Maka School of Architecture and Engineering of Istanbul Technical University, and was president of the Chamber of Turkish Architects for one term in 1957. Mr. Tekeli and his partner have won more than twenty design competitions in Turkey, most of which have been realised.