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.
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Implicate & Explicate: Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2011.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage excellence in architecture and other forms of intervention in the built environment of societies with Muslim presence. The award is given every three years and recognizes all types of building projects that affect today’s built environment. Smaller projects are given equal consideration as large-scale buildings. The book presents the shortlist of nineteen projects, including the five award recipients for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In their variety across culturally diverse areas of the globe, what these projects have in common is a commitment to design excellence despite constraints of budget, resources, climate, technology, or politics.