Geneva, Switzerland, 2 April 2008 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the new Steering Committee for the 11th Award cycle (2008 - 2010).
The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The other members of the Steering Committee are: Mohammad al-Asad (Founder and chairman, Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Amman, Jordan); Homi K. Bhabha (Director of the Humanities Center, Harvard University, USA); Norman Foster (Founder and chairman, Foster + Partners, London); Glenn Lowry (Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York); Rahul Mehrotra (Principal, RMA Architects, Mumbai); Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA); Farshid Moussavi (Partner, Foreign Office Architects, London); Han Tümertekin (Principal, Mimarlar Tasarim Danismanlik Ltd, Istanbul). Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award.
The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Award. It is responsible for establishing the current eligibility criteria for nominated projects, for providing thematic direction to the Award in response to the priorities and issues that have emerged during the recent past, and for developing plans for the cyclical and long-term future of the Award.
For each Award cycle, the Steering Committee appoints an independent Master Jury. Jury members are free to select from the nominated projects, based on the Award’s eligibility criteria. The Steering Committee also provides guidance to the Award secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland on the programme of Award activities, including seminars, lectures, exhibitions and publications.
Projects for consideration in the 11th cycle can be submitted by completing an identification form, available online from the Aga Khan Award website, www.akdn.org/architecture.The website also lists detailed information on the eligibility criteria and submission procedures for the Aga Khan Award.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, urban or regional design, conservation and landscape architecture. With a triennial prize fund of $500,000 the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the world’s largest architectural prize. The Award has completed ten cycles of activity since 1977, and documentation has been compiled on over 7,500 building projects located throughout the world. To date, 100 projects have received the Award. The 11th cycle covers the period from 2008 to 2010.
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