The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence.
The mission of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is to promote global excellence in the field of Muslim architecture and Muslim-inspired solutions for the built world, and to support those who believe in improving environmental, cultural, and social sustainability and quality of life through architecture.
Serageldin Ismaïl, author. Innovation and Authenticity in the Architecture of Muslim Societies / التجديد و التأصيل في عمارة المجتمعات الإسلامية. A Study of the Experience of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1989.
Ismaïl Serageldin, an Award Jury and Steering Committee member on various cycles, presents to Arab readers the award-winning projects since the start of the Award in 1978, cycle after cycle, with particular emphasis on the 1989 recipients. He looks into the history of the Award and its underlying philosophy. The book includes photographs of the projects and of the Jury and Steering Committee members, plans and additional information on the Steering Committee’s recommendations and criteria.