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"Architecture has a profound impact on the quality of life", says the Aga Khan during awards ceremony

19 September 2019

During the award ceremony held at Kazan's Musa Jalil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Aga Khan commented on the importance of architecture as a tool for improving the quality of human life. "Architecture - more than any other art form - has a profound impact on the quality of human life. As it has often been said, we shape our built environment - and then our buildings shape us," he said. "This close relationship of architecture to the quality of human experience has a particularly profound resonance in the developing world. I believe that we all have a responsibility to improve the quality of life whenever and wherever that opportunity arises. Our commitment to influencing the quality of architecture - intellectually and materially - grows directly out of our commitment to improving the quality of human life."