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.
Hedrick, Christian. “Designing Education: The Role of
Architecture in Aga Khan Award Winning Schools
.” Presentation developed for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Education Programme, 2018.
From the very first school awarded (the Pondok Pesantren Pabelan in Indonesia), to the most recent (the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut), the design and construction of educational facilities within Muslim communities around the world has been a key theme throughout the history of the Award.
As is well known education has been a central tenet in the Aga Khan’s personal philanthropic endeavors so it is most appropriate to begin by highlighting the unique and important role that design has played within the context of recognized educational institutions.
The purpose of this lecture will be to succinctly outline the significant place educational institutions have had throughout the history of the Award. Potential explanations for this will be articulated and the various and diverse reasons why certain schools were chosen as recipients will frame the lecture.