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.
Steele, James, editor. Architecture for a Changing World. London: Academy Editions, 1992.
The 1992 selection of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture reflects the impact that global changes have had on the built environment in Third World countries, among which the destruction of the traditional cultural structure in rural areas and large-scale urbanisation. The projects selected that year, which address issues relevant to both the developing and developed world, are economically sustainable, humanistic solutions to difficult problems, and generate a new architectural language. They provide a valuable insight into an alternative design approach for both the rural and urban environments.