The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The members of the 11th cycle Steering Committee are:
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman
His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.
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Mohammad al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural historian. He is the founder and chairman of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman. Dr. al-Asad studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and history of architecture at Harvard University, before taking post-doctoral research positions at Harvard and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He has taught at the University of Jordan, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the Alan K. and Leonarda Laing Distinguished Visiting Professor; he was also adjunct professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. al-Asad has published in both Arabic and English on the architecture of the Islamic world, in books and academic and professional journals. He is the author of Old Houses of Jordan: Amman 1920-1950 (1997) and New Architecture in the Middle East (forthcoming), and co-author (with Ghazi Bisheh and Fawzi Zayadine) of The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art (2000). He is the editor (with Majd Musa) of Architectural Journalism and Criticism: Global Perspectives (2007) and Exploring the Built Environment (2007). Dr. al-Asad has been a member of the board of directors of organizations including the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (part of the Royal Society for Fine Arts), the Jordan Museum, and the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Amman. He served as project reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1989, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2007 cycles.
Norman Foster was born in Manchester in 1935. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. Lord Foster is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. Founded in London in 1967, it is now a worldwide practice, with project offices in more than twenty countries. Over the past four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 460 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 80 international and national competitions. Current and recent work includes the largest construction project in the world, Beijing Airport, Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London and the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York. Lord Foster received a 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the University of Technology Petronas campus in Bandar Seri Iskandar, Malaysia. Lord Foster became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. He has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
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 Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years (2007), Manet and the Execution of Maximilian (2007), Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul (2006), Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885 (2005), Matisse Picasso (2003), Mies in Berlin (2001), and Jackson Pollock (1998-1999). A noted scholar of Islamic arts and architecture, Mr. Lowry was previously Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario (1990-1995) and Curator of Near Eastern Art at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art (1984-1990) where he organized, 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 Mérite (2001) and Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (2000) from the French government, and the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies Award (1990). Mr. Lowry has served as a member of the Award Steering Committee since 2002.
Mohsen Mostafavi, an architect and educator, is the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University where he was also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He studied architecture at the AA, and undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the Universities of Essex and Cambridge. He has been Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Staedelschule). His research and design projects have been published in many journals, including The Architectural Review, AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre, and Daidalos. He is co-author of Architecture and Continuity (1983); Delayed Space (with Homa Fardjadi, Princeton Architectural Press, 1994) and of On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time (with David Leatherbarrow, MIT, 1993) which received the American Institute of Architects prize for writing on architectural theory. Dean Mostafavi’s recent publications include: Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002) which received the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award; Logique Visuelle (Idea Books, 2003), Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA Publications, 2004), and Structure as Space (AA Publications, 2006). Dean Mostafavi serves on the jury of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction; he has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency (LDA), the RIBA Gold Medal, and is currently involved as a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. He has been a member of the Award Steering Committee since 2001.
Farshid Moussavi is an architect and educator, and co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA), a London-based office noted as one of the world's most creative design firms, integrating architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture in a wide range of projects internationally. FOA's award-winningprojects in Japan include the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal and the Spanish Pavilion at the Aichi International Expo; in Spain, the South-East Coastal Park in Barcelona, the Torrevieja Municipal Theatre and Auditorium, the Technology Centre in Logrono, and Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid; and Publishing Headquarters in Paju, Korea. The work of FOA has been widely published and exhibited, and represented Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002; the firm received the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, three RIBA World Wide Awards, the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale Award, and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture. Since 2006, Farshid Moussavi is Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University. She was trained at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University College London, and Dundee University. She has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute, and the Hoger Architecture Institute, and in the United States at Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton Universities, as well as at the University of California at Los Angeles. She published The Function of Ornament in 2006, based on her research and teaching at Harvard. Professor Moussavi serves as a member of design and architecture advisory groups for the British Council and for the Mayor of London’s ‘Design for London’ initiative, and previously for the London Development Agency, the RIBA Gold and Presidential Medals, and the Sterling Prize for Architecture. In 2004, she was Chair of Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; since 2005, she has been a member of the Award's Steering Committee.
Farrokh Derakhshani is the director of the Award.
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