Free and open to the public
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Award recognizes examples of architectural excellence in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.
In celebration of the 2017-2019 cycle, themed around Architecture in Dialogue, this panel of previous conveners, steering committee, and master jury members will explore the origins of the AKAA and its worldwide impact throughout its 42-year history.
Khalil Pirani, AIA, NCARB
Senior Architect, Kleinfelder
Dr. Nasser Rabbat
Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture, MIT
Steering Committee Member, Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2017–19)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University
Head of Architecture, Aga Khan HH, France and Switzerland (1984-94)
Convener of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1980-82)
Professor in the Humanities in the History of Art Department (Emerita)
Curator, Near East Section, Penn Museum
Past Convener, Steering Committee Member, and Master Jury Chair of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
The Aga Khan Award: Architecture in Dialogue
Architecture in Dialogue is an exhibition highlighting the six winners and shortlisted works from the 2017-2019 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The projects on display were selected from hundreds of entries and competed for prizes totaling $ 1 million. Now in its 14th cycle, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), a philanthropic organization that supports a wide range of activities aimed at the preservation and promotion of the material and spiritual heritage of Muslim societies. Established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977, the triennial Award is regarded as one of the most important honors in the field and granted to projects—from slum upgrading to high rise “green” buildings—that not only celebrate architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life of their surrounding communities.