The 13th Award cycle covers the period from 2014 to 2016. The identification and documentation of eligible projects will continue through 30 October 2015.
A project identification programme permits all persons or institutions to submit projects.
The selection process emphasizes architecture that not only provides for people’s physical, social and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural expectations. Particular attention is given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and to projects likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world and set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.
Eligibility criteria for the current cycle focus on projects that were completed between the period 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2014 and which have been in use for at least one full year.
There are no fixed criteria for the type, nature, location or cost of projects to be considered, although eligible projects must be designed for or used by Muslim communities, in part or in whole, wherever they are located.
To register a project, please complete an Identification Form, available on the “Architecture” section of the Aga Khan Development Network website: www.akdn.org/architecture. Submissions can also be sent to the following email address: email@example.com.
Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony in autumn 2016.
The Award seeks nominations that represent the broadest possible range of architectural interventions. All types of building projects that affect today’s environment may be submitted. These include architectural projects ranging from modest, small-scale buildings to sizable complexes, from single homes, bus stops and rural school buildings to sky scrapers, infrastructure and transportation undertakings, housing initiatives, educational and health campuses, new towns, urban conservation projects and the re-use of brown field sites. All forms of planning practice in urban as well as rural contexts are encouraged. Large projects and long-term initiatives that are not yet fully completed – such as master plans, area preservation projects, and community upgrading schemes, among others – are eligible so long as a tangible portion of the project has been completed in a manner that demonstrates its long-term potential success and viability.
Architecture that reflects the pluralism that has characterized Muslim societies and communities around the world is encouraged. There are no fixed criteria for the type, nature, location, or cost of projects to be considered, although eligible projects must be designed for or used by Muslims, in part or in whole, wherever they are located.
To ensure the continuing impartiality of the Award procedures, projects affiliated with or commissioned by His Highness the Aga Khan or the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network cannot be considered, including those undertaken by current members of the Award Steering Committee and Master Jury, or by the Boards or staff of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Development Network.