The Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture aims to promote broader and deeper awareness among young people of the philosophy and values that underpin the efforts of the Trust. To this end, the programme is developing teaching materials and processes through which the wealth of knowledge and learning accumulated by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme will be shared with university and high school students, as well as a broader interested public.
For the pilot phase of the Education Programme now under way, AKTC has partnered with experts to prepare a series of pedagogical outputs. These include teaching packages, lectures on Power Point, MOOCs and curriculum units, some of which are already posted on Archnet. Others will be added as soon as they become available. The Programme is also partnering with educational institutions to generate new elective courses, field schools and workshops, the highlights and/or outputs of which will also be posted as appropriate.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf: Architecture in the Public Realm
The Bengal Institute, with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, conducted a special course on architecture that shapes our thinking and practice: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Presented by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf "One must think of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture as something that has expanded the scope and validation of architecture. It sets up new standards in excellence in architecture. The Award identified and created a process by which excellence can be validated, it expanded the scope of what should be considered excellent. The associations of architecture and the diversity of projects was enriched and the interdisciplinary conversations were started."
Professor Ashraf also focuses on the architecture in the public realm.